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Recovering SharePoint Farm Content

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

To recover a SharePoint farm, the recovery destination must meet the following requirements:

  • The front-end Web servers are configured the same as they were when the recovery point was created.

  • The farm structure must be created on the front-end Web server; the farm data will be recovered to the existing structure.

  • The instances of SQL Server are configured with the same names as when the recovery point was created.

  • The instances of SQL Server are configured with the same drive configuration as when the recovery point was created.

  • The recovery farm must have all service packs, language packs, and patches installed on the primary farm.

CautionCaution
You cannot perform a full farm recovery to a new location.

You can encounter two situations when restoring a complete farm:

  • A farm configuration exists as it did at the time of taking the backup. In this case, you will be restoring to a functioning farm.

  • The Configuration database is corrupt and the servers in the farm are down.

To recover farm data to a functioning farm

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

  2. In the Protected data pane, expand the server that contains the farm you want to recover, and then click All Protected SharePoint Data.

    The farm displays in the Recoverable item pane as server name\farm name.

  3. Use the calendar and Recovery time menu to select a recovery point.

  4. In the Recoverable item pane, click the farm item.

  5. Click Recover in the Actions pane.

  6. Complete the wizard.

To recover farm data when the protected farm is unavailable

  1. Create a new farm that uses the same instance of SQL Server and the same front-end Web server as the original protected farm.

  2. On the front-end Web server that DPM uses to recover farm data, run the following command at the command prompt::

    ConfigureSharePoint-EnableSharePointProtection

  3. On the DPM server, in DPM Administrator Console, click Recovery on the navigation bar.

  4. In the Protected data pane, expand the server that contains the farm you want to recover, and then click All Protected SharePoint Data.

    The farm displays in the Recoverable item pane as server name\farm name.

  5. Use the calendar and the Recovery time menu to select a recovery point.

  6. In the Recoverable item pane, click the farm item.

  7. In the Actions pane, click Recover.

  8. Complete the wizard.

  9. On the main front-end Web server for the server farm, run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard and disconnect the front-end Web server from the farm.

    noteNote
    If the main front-end Web server for the server farm is not the front-end Web server that DPM uses to protect the farm, you must also disconnect the front-end Web server that DPM uses to protect the farm.

  10. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) and delete all Web site and application pool entries related to the farm.

  11. Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard, select to connect to an existing server farm, and specify the server name and database name for the farm you created in step 1.

    noteNote
    Perform step 11 for all front-end Web servers for the server farm.

  12. On the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard page, click Advanced Settings, and then click Next.

  13. On the Advanced Settings page, select the option Use this machine to host the web site, and complete the wizard.

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