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  Asked By: Edmond    Date: Apr 23    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 893

We just performed our first disaster recovery test of SharePoint.
We used full tape backups of our single SharePoint server and the
associated single database server.

However because of space limitations at our Disaster Recovery site,
The SharePoint database server instance had to be combined on as
single server with other instances. This meant that the server name
had to be changed. The original Database was ServerA and it was now
changed to ServerB. When the portal came up at DR Site it did not
work because it was looking for config database on ServerA (which
doesn't exist). We went into SPS administration "Configure
configuration database server" page. Here we disconnected from
ServerA and reconnected to ServerB. After this was done a IISReset
command was issued.

It appears that SharePoint could now find the configuration database
on ServerB. However the portal still produced errors. We received
messages that SharePoint could not the find content databases.
Checking the event application log we determined that SharePoint was
still looking for content (SITE databases) on ServerA.

We noticed that the "Servers" table had references to both the new
ServerB and the old ServerA. We attempted to change the "address"
column on the old ServerA row to ServerB. This failed due to some
RI constraints. Therefore we had to change the "address" column in
ServerB row to Serverxyxyx (something that did not exists) and then
change the old ServerA row's address column to ServerB. Even as
messy as this sounds it worked. However we are not happy with this

Did we mess up the steps? Is there any good SharePoint DR
instructions out there?



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Keenan Whitehead     Answered On: Apr 23

I have written a document which is not exactly DR but explains how to move your Portal from one server  to another.
It can be found on the Mindsharp website (Bill English's Company, author of the SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit) under the Premium content  area, https://www.mindsharp.com/Default.aspx Register as a new user and then have a look at "How to Move Your Portal Farm from One Server to Another"

Answer #2    Answered By: Damon Garner     Answered On: Apr 23

We have somewhat of an urgent situation and I want to make sure we're
covering all our bases. One of the hard drives on our main SharePoint
server is about to die. It's not raid (I know, I know - it wasn't my
call!) so we're in a bit of a spot. There's a lot of information out
there on disaster  recovery, but it gets awfully confusing when trying
to read through it in a hurry. Here's our situation: The database  is
on another machine and appears  to be fine. We have two portal  sites
and about six WSS sites that we don't want to lose. We want to swap
out the bad drive for another drive. Can anyone give me a quick
rundown of the best steps  for us to take to accomplish this? We're
looking to do this tonight, so any help would be MUCH appreciated.

Answer #3    Answered By: Dameon Dejesus     Answered On: Apr 23

I am not an adminstrator, but since it is not raid, I am approaching this as any other desktop machine. I would probably just image the drive to keep a mirror of it. When you have your new drive in, just reimage the new drive.

I believe Norton Ghost is a popular product, but you may have something else that can do it as well.

Just my take on it...

Answer #4    Answered By: Tejaswani Barve     Answered On: Apr 23

I use Norton ghost for my backups  and have not had a problem however the drive normally needs to be in a healthy state and you need to put back on to the same configuration  drive\pc. Still its worth a shot.

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