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How to Recover Data for Windows SharePoint Services Servers

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

For computers that are running Windows SharePoint Services, System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 supports recovery of the following data by using the Recovery Wizard:

  • SQL Server databases
    If you protected a Windows SharePoint Services server as a SQL Server database, you can recover Windows SharePoint Services data by selecting the SQL Server database in the Recovery Wizard.

    noteNote
    DPM supports the protection of mirrored SQL Server databases for Windows SharePoint Services sites. This additional support requires little change to the procedures for using DPM to protect and recover regular Windows SharePoint Services data.

  • Windows SharePoint Services sites and databases
    If you protected a Windows SharePoint Services server as a front-end Web server, you can recover the following:

    • Farms

    • Windows SharePoint Services databases with SharePoint writers

    • Sites

    • Documents and lists

CautionCaution
Do not directly recover the Central Administration content database because this could lead to data corruption in the Windows SharePoint Services farm.

noteNote
When recovering a Windows SharePoint Services farm, DPM recovers the configuration database of the farm but does not display this item in in the Recoverable item pane.

For more information, in the DPM 2010 Operations Guide, see Managing Protected Servers Running Windows SharePoint Services (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=184262).

To recover protected data for a computer that is running Windows SharePoint Services

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, on the navigation bar, click Recovery.

  2. On the Browse or Search tab, locate and select the recoverable data item that you want to use to recover, and then, in the Actions pane, click Recover.

    WarningWarning
    On the Browse tab, in the Recovery points for area, available recovery points are indicated in bold on the calendar. Select a date in bold, and then select a recovery time from the Recovery time menu.

    The Recovery Wizard opens.

  3. On the Review Recovery Selection page, verify your recovery item selection, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Recovery Type page, specify one of the following types of recovery:

    1. Recover all SharePoint content and components.

      noteNote
      You cannot recover mirrored databases to the original location because, when there are two instances of SQL Server, there is no concept of an original database.

    2. Copy database files to a network folder. To select an alternate recovery destination, click Browse, and then click OK.

      The recovery destination computer must have a DPM protection agent installed.

    3. Copy the Windows SharePoint Services farm to tape. This option copies the Windows SharePoint Services farm that contains the selected recoverable items to a tape. If you select this option, click Next, and then specify the library and tape options for recovery. You can choose to compress or encrypt the data on the tape.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the Specify Recovery Options page, select one of the following recovery options:

    1. Network bandwidth usage throttling. Click Modify to enable network bandwidth usage throttling.

    2. Enable SAN-based recovery using hardware snapshots. Select this option to use Storage Area Network (SAN)-based hardware snapshots for quicker recovery.

      This option is valid only when you have a SAN where hardware snapshot functionality is enabled, the SAN has the capability to create a clone and to split a clone to make it writable, and the protected computer and the DPM server are connected to the same SAN.

    3. Notification. Click Send an e-mail when the recovery completes, and specify the recipients who will receive the notification. Separate the e-mail addresses with commas.

  7. Click Next after you have specified your recovery option.

  8. Review your recovery settings, and click Recover.

    noteNote
    Any synchronization job for the selected recovery item will be canceled while the recovery is in progress.

To set recovery options for servers running Windows SharePoint Services using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to set the recovery options for servers running Windows SharePoint Services:

    New-RecoveryOption [-TargetServer] <String> [-RecoveryLocation] <RecoveryLocation> [-DPMLibrary <Library> ] [-RecoverToReplicaFromTape] [-SANRecovery] [-RestoreSecurity] -RecoveryType <RecoveryType> [-TargetLocation <String> ] -SharePointSite -DatabaseFileTempLocation <String> -IntermediateSharepointServer <String> -IntermediateSqlInstance <String> -ExportFileTempLocation <String> [-TargetSiteUrl <String> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help New-RecoveryOption -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help New-RecoveryOption -full" in DPM Management Shell.

To recover protected data from servers running Windows SharePoint Services using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to recover data for a Windows SharePoint Services server:

    Recover-RecoverableItem [-RecoverableItem] <RecoverableObject[]> [-RecoveryOption] <RecoveryOptions> [-RecoveryPointLocation <RecoverySourceLocation[]> ] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-RecoveryNotification <Nullable`1> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Recover-RecoverableItem -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Recover-RecoverableItem -full" in DPM Management Shell.

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