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Restore a farm by using built-in tools (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0)

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Updated: July 21, 2008

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

 

Topic Last Modified: 2008-07-21

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides two methods for restoring a server farm, Web applications, and content databases. Restoring by using the SharePoint Central Administration Web site offers the convenience of working from the user interface, while restoring by using the Stsadm command-line tool offers a wide range of parameters and allows automation of the recovery process.

Before restoring the farm, ensure that the requirements in the following list are met.

  • To restore the farm by using the SharePoint Central Administration Web site:

    • You must be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

    • The database server's SQL account, the Timer service account, and the Central Administration pool account must have Read permissions to the backup locations (the Timer service account and the Central Administration pool account are generally the same).

  • To restore the farm using the Stsadm command-line tool:

    • You must be a member of the Administrators group on the local server computer.

    • The login account must have Read permissions to the backup locations.

  • Ensure that The Windows SharePoint Services Administration service is started on all farm servers. This service is not started by default on stand-alone installations.

Consider the following before restoring the farm:

  • Restoring from one version of SharePoint Products and Technologies to a different version is not supported. For information about migrating, see Move and migrate servers and server farms (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0).

  • You cannot perform more than one recovery from the same backup at the same time. Moreover, you can only perform one recovery or one backup operation at a time.

To restore the farm, you can perform either of the following two procedures:

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