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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 granular objects

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint can back up SharePoint objects from SharePoint 2010, 2013 or 2016 farms. Backups can be run on demand, or on a schedule that works best for the farm.

The initial backup should always be a full backup. This enables subsequent backups to be either full backups like the initial backup, or smaller, differential backups which will only contain objects that have changed since the last full backup. The backups can then be used to reinstate SharePoint farms as needed.

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NOTE: Although Metalogix Backup for SharePoint no longer creates granular backups, granular backups created using previous versions of SharePoint backup can be used to restore SharePoint objects. It is important to note that granular objects can only be restored to the same version of SharePoint from which the granular backup was initially created.

Mounting and Linking a Content Database

There are two ways to restore SharePoint objects - by mounting a content database that contains the object(s) to restore, and by creating a link to an already-mounted content database. From there, components can be granular-restored. Older versions of Metalogix Backup for SharePoint enabled users to create their own granular backups. These backups can be used to restore objects as well.

Mounting or linking content databases is done through the use of the Mount and Link Content Database Wizard. The wizard mounts content databases from BAK files, MDF/LDF files, Metalogix Farm Backups or SharePoint Full Farm Backups, or creates a link to a content database that has already been mounted. This operation allows you to copy the selected files to a staging location if the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Service does not have permission to access these files. The following are the mount source types:

·Metalogix Full Farm Backup

·SQL Server Backup (BAK) File - including full, differential, and transaction log

·SQL Server Data and Log (MDF/LDF) File

·SharePoint Full Farm Backup

·Link to Content Database

If you use a staging path while mounting a content database, the staging path used must be located on a machine where the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Service user is a local administrator, otherwise you cannot mount the database.

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TIP: The SQL server backup service is used to mount content databases by default. To allow other backup services (such as the primary or secondary backup service) to perform the mount instead, reorder the preferred mounting services using the "priorityMountOperation" key in the PBManagementService configuration file accordingly.

Mounting Metalogix Full Farm Backup

The Metalogix Full Farm Backup option allows you to mount content databases on farm backups that have been taken by the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint product.

In order to Mount a Metalogix Full Farm Backup, do the following:

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Granular Restore.
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2.Launch the Mount and Link Content Database wizard by doing one of the following:

·Select Mount and Link CDB from the top menu.
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·Select File, and choose the Mount and Link CDB option.
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·Select the Import and Mount tab from the left hand panel, and choose the Mount and Link Content Database option.
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3.Click Next in the Welcome page.

4.On the Source Type page, select Metalogix Full Farm Backup as the content database source type. Click Next.
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5.On the Target SQL Server page, enter the name of a SQL Server, or Browse for one. Either use the backup service credentials or enter the server's credentials. Click Next.
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6.On the Backup Objects page, select a Backup Set from the Full Farm Backup Sets available in the drop down box. Select the content database that you wish to mount. Click Next.  
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7.On the Options page, give the content database mount a name and a description. Click Next.
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8.On the Target Farm page, select the target farm. Click Next.
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9.On the Summary page, click Mount in order to mount the Metalogix Full Farm Backup.
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10.You can now access the Mounted database and restore content via the Granular Restore tab.

Mounting a SQL Server Backup (BAK) File

The SQL Server Backup (BAK) File option mounts databases from a SQL server .BAK files. This option includes full, differential, and transaction log backups. You can mount several .BAK files of the same content database.

In order to Mount a SQL Server Backup File, do the following:

1.In the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Console, in the left pane, click Granular Restore.
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2.Launch the Mount and Link Content Database wizard by doing one of the following:

·Select Mount and Link CDB from the top menu.
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·Select File, and choose the Mount and Link CDB option.
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·Select the Import and Mount tab from the left hand panel, and choose the Mount and Link Content Database option.
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3.Click Next on the Welcome page.

4.On the Source Type page, select SQL Server Backup (BAK) File - including full, differential, and transaction logs,  as the content database source type. Click Next.
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5.On the Target SQL Server page, enter the name of a SQL Server, or Browse for one. Either use the backup service credentials or enter the server's credentials. Click Next.
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6.On the BAK Import Options page, select the way in which you would like to locate full backups, differential backups, and transaction logs.
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If you selected Search for backup by name, date, time, and backup type please continue to this page for further instructions.

If you selected Browse directly to Backup files please continue to this page for further instructions.

 

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