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Backup and Restore Question

  Asked By: Weston    Date: Jun 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 7759

I have spps 2003 site created. I used the backup utility (by using Start
-> All Programs -> Share Point Portal Server -> SharePoint Portal Server
Data Backup and Restore)
Under the backup tab, I specified backup location and name i.e.
C:\backup\myspbackup (with overwrite)
Under Avalialbe components I selected All server farm components. And
selected both Backup items listed i.e. Type SITEDBS and Type INDEX.

However I accidently deleted some events from my site and thought by
backup will help me restore what was lost (by applying a blank overwrite
I should be able to be at the stage at which I was when I took the

In order to restore, I launched Share Point Portal Server Data Backup
and Restore and selected the Restore tab. Specified the Manifest file
i.e. c:\backup\myspbackup.xml, and when I selected All server farm
components under Available components, it shows under "Restore Item"
Cannot be selected for Type SITEDBS, while Ready for Type INDEX. The
status against SITEDBS is "A portal site using this site database
already exists.

How do I restore ???



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: George Watson     Answered On: Jun 21

you need to delete the portal site and then do the restore. When a portal
exists in a virtual directory, you cannot perform a restore  activity using
SPSBackup.exe (same as the one u are using) utility. This is because the
database of the portal already exists. the restore activity creates the

the restore will bring back all the data you had at the time of backup, cos it
is taking a database backup  and restoring the database.

Answer #2    Answered By: Gabriel Patterson     Answered On: Jun 21

Is there any other way of taking backups so that I can restore  without having to drop the portal site.
Is there a way to selectively restore say an events list or a document library

In case I have to delete the portal site... what is involved

Answer #3    Answered By: Victor Hughes     Answered On: Jun 21

if u want to backup  and restore  a single wss site u can use stsadm.exe. but you
cant selectively restore some list or document library. it is either a portal
or a site.

if you drop the portal and restore it with the backed up image. then you would
loose all changes you made after the backup.

other than that you get back everything. but i would advIse that you restart the
system before you do the restore because, it clears up the memory and that
helps the SPSBackup function better. This is an undocumented Microsoft feature.

I am attaching a document i prepared to help a frIend of mine go through the
backup restore activity. it is very basic, hope this helps you.

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