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Metalogix Backup for SharePoint 6.5.1 - User Guide

Product Overview Getting Started Configuring Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Reviewing backup status Backing up and restoring farm components Restoring granular objects

Restoring from farm backups

The Restore tab of the Farm Backup/Restore view in the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console lets you restore backed-up SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 farm backups. Restorations can be done as in-place restores or out-of-place restores. An in-place restore returns the backed-up components to their original locations, replacing any existing files. Some components cannot be restored in-place, including the following:

·.NET framework configuration

·Certificate store

·Global assembly cache

·IIS configuration

·IIS Metabase

·SharePoint registry

·SharePoint root

·SharePoint Web application roots

In addition, you can only restore the SharePoint configuration databases as part of a complete restore of the farm.

For these components, it is not possible to guarantee that only Metalogix Backup for SharePoint is making changes to the files while the restore is in progress. If both Metalogix Backup for SharePoint and another process tried to write to the file at the same time, the result could be catastrophic for your farm or for the server. The farm or the server could fail to function in this event. For this reason, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint prevents an in-place restore of the components.

You must restore these files out of place, then manually recreate the SharePoint farm configuration based on the files. You can also browse the contents of XML configuration files. For more information about viewing this configuration, see Viewing the farm configuration.

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TIP: If you perform an in-place restore while your SharePoint farm is active and available to users, the users may encounter errors when they try to access content that Metalogix Backup for SharePoint is actively restoring. The content should be available after a short interval. If a user is viewing content or has the content checked out and Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores the content, the version the user has may no longer be valid. Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores the version of the content that was current during the backup, including the checkout state of the content.

An out-of-place restore places the files in a UNC location that you specify. You can manually return the content to your SharePoint farm.

How do I select the backed-up components to restore?

You use the Restore tab in the Farm Backup/Restore view to select the components to restore.

To select the components to restore

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Farm Backup/Restore.
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2.In the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server name or All Servers for any farm.
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3.In the right pane, click Restore.
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4.In the Backup Content field, select the check boxes for the items to restore.
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If the Backup Content field does not appear, click Backup Content in the top ribbon to display it.
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How do I perform an out-of-place restore?

You use the Restore tab in the Farm Backup/Restore view to perform an out-of-place restore.

To perform an out-of-place restore

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Farm Backup/Restore.
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2.In the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server name or All Servers for any farm.
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3.In the right pane, click Restore.
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4.In the Backup Content field, select the check boxes for the items to restore.
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If the Backup Content field does not appear, click Backup Content in the top ribbon to display it.
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5.In the ribbon, click Out-of-place, then click Restore.
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6.In the Welcome to the Restore Wizard panel, click Next.

7.In the Restore panel, review the content to restore, then click Next.
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8.In the Target Location panel, enter a UNC location where Metalogix Backup for SharePoint should place the restored content, then click Next.
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9.In the Summary panel, review the restore operation, then click Restore.
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How do I perform an in-place restore?

You use the Restore tab in the Farm Backup/Restore view to perform an in-place restore.

To perform an in-place restore

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Farm Backup/Restore.
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2.In the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server name or All Servers for any farm.
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3.In the right pane, click Restore.
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4.In the Backup Content field, select the check boxes for the items to restore.
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If the Backup Content field does not appear, click Backup Content in the top ribbon to display it.
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5.In the ribbon, click In-place, then click Restore.
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6.In the Welcome to the Restore Wizard panel, click Next.

7.In the Restore panel, review the content to restore, then click Next.
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8.In the Summary panel, review the restore operation, then click Restore.
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Reviewing the SharePoint farm objects to restore

The Restore panel in the Restore wizard lets you verify the list of objects that you selected. Review the list of objects to restore, then click Next. If the list of objects is not correct, click Cancel, then select the correct objects and start the wizard again.
 
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Selecting the location for an out-of-place restore

The Target Locations panel in the Restore wizard lets you specify where to restore the backed-up farm objects. Enter a UNC path for the restored files, and then click Next.
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Viewing the farm configuration

The Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Farm Configuration browser allows you to examine the XML files that define the configuration settings for your SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 farm. You can examine the configuration settings for any backup that includes the SharePoint configuration files.

How do I examine the configuration settings in a backup?

Use the Restore tab in the Farm Backup/Restore view to view the configuration settings.

To view the configuration settings

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Farm Backup/Restore.
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2.In the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server name or All Servers for any farm.
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3.In the right pane, click Restore.
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4.In the Backup Sets field, click the name of any backup set that includes the SharePoint configuration databases.
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5.The Backup Content field lists the contents of the backup set.
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If the Backup Content field does not appear, click Backup Content in the ribbon to display it.
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6.In the ribbon, click View Farm Configuration.

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NOTE: If this option is disabled, then clear the Do not execute scripts to report on the farm's configuration at time of backup check box from the Backup Wizard.

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7.In the Farm Configuration dialog box, select the XML file that you want to view.
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NOTE: This feature will not be available if the Do not execute scripts to report on the farm's configuration at time of backup option has been deselected on the Backup Wizard Option page.

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