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[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Kunal Ghotge, Gagan Mehra, David Copeland, Justin Crosby, and Shawn Sullivan from Commercial Technical Support]
In this post, we will discuss options to backup and restore your SharePoint (Companyweb) site. A good backup and restore strategy is essential for maintaining business continuity when disaster happens.
Available Tools for backup
Windows SharePoint Services: STSADM.exe
Full and Differential
Windows SBS 2008 Backup
Full and Incremental
Windows SharePoint Services: Central Administration
STSADM is a utility that is installed with SharePoint that allows you to perform administrative tasks on your SharePoint sites. By default, it is located in the following path: %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\BIN.
Note: You must run these commands from an elevated command prompt.
STSADM –o backup –url <SharePoint url> –filename <backup target file location> –overwrite
For example: STSADM –o backup –url http://companyweb –filename “D:\backup\companyweb.bak” –overwrite
STSADM –o restore –url <SharePoint url> –filename <backup source file location> -overwrite
For example: STSADM –o restore –url http://companyweb –filename “D:\backup\companyweb.bak” –overwrite
For more information on STSADM commands, see: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288981.aspx
Now that we have shown you how to backup SharePoint (Companyweb) using STADM, here is how to schedule those backups so that you always have an up to date backup.
Note: Make sure that the Administrator account that will run the task has the “Log on as batch job” user right. This can be done using the Group Policy settings. Additionally, when the password for the Administrator account changes in Active Directory, you must update the task with the new password.
You can also use Windows Small Business Server 2008 backup to backup and restore SharePoint (Companyweb). For information on how to configure Small Business Server 2008 backup to backup your server and SharePoint on a schedule, see: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/11/03/introducing-sbs-2008-backup.aspx
Once SBS backup has been configured using the above link you will have the ability to create a backup immediately without having to wait for the schedule. To do this:
Once the restore finishes you will see a summary screen.
You can also use the SharePoint Central Administration site for backup and restore. However, we recommend using the above methods on Small Business Server 2008. For more information on the use of the SharePoint Central Administration site for backup and restore, please visit the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc288396.aspx