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  Asked By: Hannah    Date: Jan 09    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 4695

Can any body help with an idea I had to quickly get back the lost folders.
as mentioned in an earlier email we had a user accidentally delete all of
their content and folders from part of a workspace, our backup solution is
a risk - to put it nicely. I had an idea to retrieve from the backup tape
the database files (wss.mdb & wss.stm) rename the current ones on the
sharepoint server and replace them with the old ones (only difference is a
couple of days - essentially the same files otherwise). The problem is
sharepoint will not start, it does not return an error, it says:

Could not start the Sharepoint Portal Server service on local
computer. The service did not return an error. This could be an internal
windows error or an internal service error.

Any ideas?, Are there some other dependant files from the backup date which
I need to transfer?, Any thoughts?.

Ideally I would like to rebuild to another Identical server but no spare



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Tori Oconnor     Answered On: Jan 09

Check the Shadow directory.............

Answer #2    Answered By: Kristan Benjamin     Answered On: Jan 09

I do not think this will work. You can not do a standard restore from
tape or other material, which is what you are basically doing. This is
why there is a specific backup  utility. The proper way is to restore to
another server  and copy the files  or restore back  into the existing

Answer #3    Answered By: Vivian Mcguire     Answered On: Jan 09

I can absolutely confirm that attempting to manipulate sharepoints
underpinnings will result in complete and futile frustration on the part
of the manipulator.

That being said, you have some options.

Option #1:
If you need that deleted  folder back, then you need to find another
machine somewhere, install sharepoint  + whatever service  packs you had,
restore the msdmback file, get the folder and copy it back  into the
production system. You'll lose the versioning and will need to reset the
security attributes, but then you'll have the data back.

Option #2:
If you absolutely do not have another machine, then backup  your current
system (backup 2), restore the old one, copy off the folder and files
somewhere, restore the backup (backup 2), then copy the files  back in.

Option #3:
Live without the files.

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