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Metalogix Backup for SharePoint 6.5.1 - User Guide

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Managing farms

Use Metalogix Backup for SharePoint to back up your SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 farms and objects in your SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 farms.

The Management Console can connect to and back up multiple SharePoint farms. The farms can be a mixture of SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 farms. You must add any farm that you want to back up to the Management Console. You can also remove farms that are no longer needed.

See the following topics for more information:

·Monitoring multiple farms

·Adding a farm

·Editing a farm

·Removing a farm

Monitoring multiple farms

You can use the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console to monitor and back up multiple SharePoint farms at the same time. Every farm that you monitor and back up must have a Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Service. Each Management Service has a unique repository database. Every farm that you monitor and back up must have at least one Backup Service.

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TIP: If your disaster recovery planning includes farm backups of SharePoint 2010, 2013 or 2016 farms, every Web front end (WFE) and every database server in the farm must have the Backup Service installed.

In addition, all of the SharePoint farms that you monitor must be in the same domain or must be in a trusted domain.

When you add a farm, you supply credentials to connect to the Management Service for the farm. If the farm has one or more installed Backup Service instances, you also connect to the Backup Service. If the farm does not have an installed Backup Service, you can use the Configuration wizard to install one or more Backup Service instances. For more information about using the Configuration wizard, see Discovering SharePoint Servers and defining preferences.

If you perform a full backup, the credentials that you supply must be a member of the farm administrators group. Only farm administrators can perform farm backups.

How do I add a farm to the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console?

You use the Add Farm dialog box in the Management Console to add a farm. If the farm that you add does not have any installed Backup Service instances, you can use the Configuration wizard to configure the farm and install one or more Backup Service instances. For more information about using the Configuration wizard, see Discovering SharePoint servers and defining preferences.

To add a farm to the Management Console

1.Use the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint installer to install all of the components in the farm. The components include the Management Service and Backup Service. The installation also includes the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console.

2.On the computer that you want to add the farm to, in the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the toolbar, click Add Farm.
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3.The Configuration Wizard will open.  Click Next to move on from the welcome screen.

4.In Farm Name section, enter a name for the new farm. The name you enter appears in the Management Console and is for your reference.
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5.Enter the Central Administration URL.
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6.Enter the credentials for the user that has administrator privileges on the Central Administrator computer. Click Next. An info window will pop up, click Yes.
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7.Specify the Management Service that is going to handle this farm.
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8.On the WFE Servers tab, choose the web front-end server(s) where you would like to install the Backup Service. Click Next.
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9.On the Database Servers tab, choose the database server(s) where you would like to install the Backup Service.
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NOTE: This step may not be required if the SharePoint server is also functioning as the web front-end server, or the WFE and SQL servers.

10.On the Backup Storage page, set up your Backup Service preferences. Refer to "Specifying Backup Storage Locations" for more information.
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11. On the Alerts page, configure your Alert generation settings. Click Next.
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12. On the Alert Notifications page, configure your Alert Notifications. Click Next.
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13. On the Grooming page, configure the Backup set and Alert grooming settings. Click Next.
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14. Click Finish to complete setting up your farm.

Adding a farm

You can add any SharePoint farm to the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console. You must add a farm to back up the farm or the SharePoint objects that it contains. When a farm is added, the farm is registered in the Repository database.

How do I add a farm?

Use the Add Farm dialog box to add a farm to the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console. If the farm that you add does not include an installed Backup Service, use the Configuration wizard to configure the farm and install one or more copies of the Backup Service. For more information about using the Configuration wizard, see Configuring Metalogix Backup for SharePoint for your farm.

To add a farm

1.In Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, click File > Add Farm.
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As a shortcut, you can click the Add Farm button in the Management Console toolbar.
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2.The Configuration Wizard will open.  Click Next to move on from the welcome screen.

3.In Farm Name section, enter a name for the new farm. The name you enter appears in the Management Console and is for your reference.
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4.Enter the Central Administration URL.
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5.Enter the credentials for the user that has administrator privileges on the Central Administrator computer. Click Next. An info window will pop up, click Yes.
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6.Specify the Management Service that is going to handle this farm.
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7.On the WFE server tab, choose the web front-end server(s) where you would like to install the Backup Service. Click Next.
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8.On the Database Servers tab, choose the database server(s) where you would like to install the Backup Service.
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NOTE: This step may not be required if the SharePoint server is also functioning as the web front-end server, or the WFE and SQL servers.

9.On the Backup Storage page, set up your Backup Service preferences. Refer to "Specifying Backup Storage Locations" for more information.
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10. On the Alerts page, configure your Alert generation settings. Click Next.
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11. On the Alert Notifications page, configure your Alert Notifications. Click Next.
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12. On the Grooming page, configure the Backup set and Alert grooming settings. Click Next.
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13. Click Finish to complete setting up your farm.

 

Editing a farm

You can make changes to any SharePoint farm that you have added to the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console. You can change the name of the farm, the computer that hosts the Management Service, or the credentials that you use to connect to the farm.

How do I edit a farm?

You use the Edit Farm dialog box to make changes to a farm in the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console.

To edit a farm

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Service, do one of the following:

oClick File > Edit Farm.
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oIn the Configuration or Farm Backup/Restore left pane, right click on a farm and click Edit Farm.
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2. The Configuration Wizard will open.  Click Next to move on from the welcome screen.

3.Run through the Configuration Wizard and edit any of the farm settings you wish to edit.

4. Click Finish to complete editing your farm.

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