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Testing Sharepoint 2010 DPM disaster recovery restore RRS feed

  • Question

  • Dear all,

     

    I just manage to backups all SP 2010 Farm by DPM 2010, and I will need to restore it to test and practice.

    I'm new in DPM and SHarepoint 2010 and I need your advice to proceed without afecting production.

    I do have an lab enviroment runing HyperV which I could use to reprocude it with your kindly help.

    Thanks in advance !!!!

    • Moved by MarcReynolds Thursday, October 27, 2011 3:53 PM (From:Data Protection Manager)
    Thursday, October 27, 2011 1:23 PM

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  • Hi Eslaxo,

    I recommend that you turn up a SharePoint virtual machine and a SQL server virtual machine on your Hyper-V.

    You could put SQL on the same virtual machine since this will not be production and will only be test. Once you have these test servers running you can practice by restoring SharePoint data from DPM to the test servers.

    It is good to see that you are testing your restores. Not everyone actually tests their backup by performing test restores.

    Hope that helps.


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    Friday, October 28, 2011 5:46 AM
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  • Thanks for that Buchatech, I have a simple question for you.

    I will prefer to do so on my lab env. which its on a completly difrent AD infra. It should be ok like that?

    Im trying to aboid using prod or asking infra to provide me with an VM, I prefer to work with my own server where I can manage all.

    THX

    Friday, October 28, 2011 11:38 AM
  • Hi Eslaxo,

    That should work. If you just want to test the content simply restore/attach the content DB in your test farm. Here are steps for moving attaching content DB from production to web app in test environment (These are originally from this thread:http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/sharepointadmin/thread/21b9b44e-87a5-4f7d-a04c-53468083db04):

    1) Find the content Database,
    These are listed under Central Admin->Application Management->Site Collection List
    2) Backup the content database,
    You could alternatively detach it, and copy it. Just doing a backup in SQL Server Management studio is easier.

    3) Restore content database to test server
    Copy the BAK file to new server. Create an empty DB in Management Studio, restore from backup, you may need to change an option in the "options" tab of the restore dialog to get it to work. (Overwrite db).
    4) Create Web App on test Server
    Central Admin->Application Management->Create or extend Web App->Create New Web App.
    5) Associate restored DB with new Web App
    Central Admin->Application Management->
    SharePoint Web Application Management->Content Databases->
    Remove Content Database from your new web app.
    Now use STSADM to add restored DB to this web app
    c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extentions\12\bin on new server is where you can find the STSADM.
    run this command from there.
    stsadm -o addcontentdb -url http://yourwebapp:port -databasename yourcontentdb -databaseserver yoursqlserver
    6) Run ISSRESET from command prompt

    Here is a link that talks about moving your entire production environment to a test environment: http://sharepointchick.com/archive/2010/03/01/copy-sharepoint-production-data-to-a-test-environment.aspx


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    Friday, October 28, 2011 6:15 PM
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  • Well I think that not what I'm looking for.

    Here is what I need to test :

    From Sharepoint DPM backup restore to a diferent Sharepoint server on my lab. I want to restore directly from the backup made by DPM at Sharepoint level , not at SQL DPM backup level.

    What you propouse me it to simple backup restore at the levle of SQL backup , which I dont have. I have DPM backups at SHarpeoint level.

     

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:20 PM
  • Well I think that not what I'm looking for.

    Here is what I need to test :

    From Sharepoint DPM backup restore to a diferent Sharepoint server on my lab. I want to restore directly from the backup made by DPM at Sharepoint level , not at SQL DPM backup level.

    What you propouse me it to simple backup restore at the levle of SQL backup , which I dont have. I have DPM backups at SHarpeoint level.

     

    Hi Elsaxo,

    When you do a SharePoitn backup in DPM it is backing up the SQL databases. The SQL databases are were the SharePoint data lives.

    The above will allow you to restore your SharePoint data. Basically your web applications, site collections etc have SQL databases associated with them.

    Check out these articles about SharePoint protection by DPM they will help you have a better understanding of backing up SharePoint with DPM:  

    Part 1: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/Blogs/fromthefield/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=0ce77946%2D1e45%2D4b43%2D8c74%2D21963e64d4e1&ID=69&Web=5170eb8a%2D912d%2D4024%2D814a%2D81e94b9d34ce  

    Part 2: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/fromthefield/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=89

    Part 3: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/Blogs/fromthefield/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=0ce77946%2D1e45%2D4b43%2D8c74%2D21963e64d4e1&ID=101&Web=5170eb8a%2D912d%2D4024%2D814a%2D81e94b9d34ce

    Let me know if you have more questions about all of this.

     


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    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:37 PM
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