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Want to take a complete backup of our Production SharePoint (2007) ?

  Asked By: Jamal    Date: Nov 14    Category: MOSS    Views: 1070

The subject line of your question is worded slightly differently from
the question in the body of your message. The slight difference has
large implications in terms of restoring.

You said in the body of your message that you "want to take a complete
backup of our Production SharePoint (2007)
site (and all subsites) and restore it to our staging server". You're
talking here about migrating sites and site collections from one farm to
a different identical farm. Others have responded to you on ways to do
this. (You may need to dig a bit deeper if you want your SSPs restored,

However, your subject line reads slightly differently to me. "Restore
SharePoint to Another Server?" sounds more to me like you want to take
your entire farm and put a copy of it onto your staging server. Your
farm consists of more than just sites and site collections. It also
consists of your farm's configuration (stored in the configuration
database), binary files (for any custom web parts you may have), and IIS
settings. As far as I've been able to discover, these things CANNOT be
restored to another differently-named server. I would like very much to
be able to restore all of these things to my staging server(s), but it
cannot be done. You need to instead carefully document every change made
to your farm's configuration and carefully re-create them on a
freshly-created destination farm.

This has been a huge issue for us and has so far prevented us from
developing an adequate DR and DEV/TEST/PROD migration plan.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Mike Lamb     Answered On: Nov 14

If you have VMWARE ESX you can P to V (Physical to Virtual) all servers
of your farm into virtual images.

Then you can run your entire farm in a virtual environment offline.

IMPORTANT: You either have to have your virtual environment completely
off the network so it cant talk to your production  to do this -or- you
have to make some config changes of IP addresses/subnet/etc.

If you want email, infra, dns, etc you can also P to V your
infrastructure servers to your virtual environment.

Just a thought...

Answer #2    Answered By: Jose Scott     Answered On: Nov 14

The same process can also be done using Microsoft tools to migrate to
Virtual Server 2006 R2 SP1. Whether you *should* do this in either case
requires a bit more study and information of course...