Recovering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP Search Service Data

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

With DPM, you can back up and restore SharePoint Search service data created by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Recovering Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP Search Service Data

You can recover SP Search data to either the original location or as individual files to an alternate location.

The farm administrator should have administrator rights on the Indexing Service. If this is not the case, DPM is not able to stop the search service to ensure a proper recovery.

Recovering to original location

The procedure to recover SP Search data is similar to the recovery of any data source. You begin the recovery process from the DPM Administrator Console. This brings up the Recovery wizard which guides you through the process. The recovery process automatically deletes existing index files and resumes the SP Search service after the recovery is complete.

In the case of disaster recovery, you must configure SP Search with the original configuration of the latest recovery point before performing a recovery.

Recovering as files

  1. Stop the SP Search service.

  2. Delete the index files at the original location.

  3. Restore the individual components (Search database and index files).

  4. Perform a manual attachment of the database in SQL Server.

  5. Start the SP Search service.