Backup and recovery cmdlets in SharePoint 2013


Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Summary: Lists Windows PowerShell cmdlets that help you complete backup and recovery operation in SharePoint 2013.

A backup is a copy of data that is used to restore and recover that data after a system failure. Maintaining backups of data is useful for routine purposes, such as copying a database from one server to another, setting up database mirroring, archiving for governmental purposes, and disaster recovery.

In SharePoint 2013, you can use Windows PowerShell functionality to perform a backup or restore process for the following items:

  • Farm

  • Site collection

  • Configuration database

  • Services

  • List or document

Index of Windows PowerShell cmdlets for SharePoint 2013 includes a complete list of all cmdlets in SharePoint 2013.


Cmdlet name Description


Performs a farm-level configuration-only backup.


Creates a backup of an individual database, Web application, or the entire farm.


Restores one or more items from a backup.


Performs a backup of a site collection.


Restores a site collection.


Returns a history of backup and restore operations.