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Which backup should I choose?

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Choosing a backup can be straightforward if you have a very recent successful backup and you know that the backup contains all of your critical data.

If you are trying to restore to the server or a computer from an older backup, choosing a good backup to restore to may require some investigation and, possibly, some compromise.

To choose a backup

  1. Check with the owner of the files or folders, and note the dates and times when they added or edited them. Use these dates and times as a starting point.

  2. On the Choose a restore option page in the Restore Files and Folders wizard, click Restore from a backup that I select (advanced).

  3. Depending on whether you want to restore an older or newer version of the files or folders, select the backup that best fits the dates and times noted in step 1.

  4. As a best practice, you can restore files and folders to an alternate location, and then let the owner of the files and folders move the ones that they need to the original location. When they finish, the files and folders that remain in the alternate location can be deleted.

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