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Best backup method

  Asked By: Meera    Date: Mar 28    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1619

we currently back up our Sharepoint sites using a couple different
methods:

Backup up sites using spsbackup.exe
Backup up SQL databases using SQL backup utility
Backup web server using our backup software which backs up the entire
server.

Is the backup utility that Sharepoint provides better than what we are
doing? I'm trying to determine what the best backup strategy is for SP
considering restore issues too.

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3 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Alexandra Lewis     Answered On: Mar 28

Those methods aren't really apples-to-apples:

- spsbackup.exe backs up everything in the database specific to SPS and is
somewhat portable when doing a restore.
- SQL backup  backs up everything in the chosen database, but is "dumb" about
SPS. It can however do things like incremental backups which require less
storage.
- system backup software  picks up everything (including any customizations done
on the file system, or files referenced in SPS that are stored in IIS), but
won't get the SQL stuff unless it's SQL aware (either by design or through admin
scripting).

So the answer is what is "best" depends on the specific type of failure you are
trying to recover from. There is no one of these that does everything.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Himanta Barthakur     Answered On: Mar 28

Does the Sharepoint backup  utility do everything? I'm looking
for the best backup method  to use that will provide us with a complete
backup to restore  from scratch.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Mansi Revenkar     Answered On: Mar 28

It does everything that's actually stored in SharePoint - it won't pick up
things that are added to the filesystem (like site templates added via stsadm)
or custom images and icons not stored in a library.

Afraid to say the point is the only option for complete restore  is a system
backup that's tweeked to make sure it picks up SQL correctly. The other backups
are optimized for specific recovery scenarios (e.g. spsbackup  if you aren't
going to restore to an identical hardware/software environment, smigrate if you
need to move a site between servers, SQL for moving from one SQL server  to
another easily, etc).

 
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