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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

Linking to a SQL Server Content Database

The SQL Server Content Database option allows you to link directly to an existing SQL database that is already mounted.

In order to Mount a SQL Content Database, 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 Link to Content Database as the content database source type. Click Next.
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5.On the Content Database 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 Populate to populate the drop down list of available content databases. Select a content database from the drop down list and then select Next.
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6.On the Options page, give the content database mount a name and a description. Click Next.
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7.On the Target Farm page, select the target farm. Click Next.
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8.On the Summary page, click Mount in order to Mount the content database.
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9.You can now access the Mounted database and restore content via the Granular Restore tab.

 

Restoring SharePoint objects

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint lets you restore complete site collections and Web sites. You can also restore individual objects and their child objects. You can choose whether to restore the backed-up objects in place of the existing objects or in a new SharePoint location. You can also restore to a local copy on your computer.

The following checklist helps guide you when you restore SharePoint objects:

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Choose one of the following restore types:

·In-place

·Out-of-place

·Local

For more information about the restore types, see Understanding the granular restore process.

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Identify the objects to restore. Objects can include the following:

·Site collections.

·Web sites

·Libraries

·Lists

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For each collection of objects you need to restore, determine which backup set contains those objects. For more information about locating a backed-up object, see Searching for a backed-up SharePoint object.

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Specify the restore operation. For more information about restoring a backup, see Restoring a backed-up SharePoint object.

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NOTE: Restoring granular objects can only be done on the same version of SharePoint from which the Backup was taken.

For more information about viewing the status and results of a restore, see Viewing the granular restore status and results.

 

Understanding the granular restore process

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint uses a Backup Service that you install on your SharePoint Web Front End (WFE) servers or SQL Server to perform all backup and restore operations. The Backup Service communicates with both the Management Service and with SharePoint. When Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores backed-up SharePoint objects, it follows the SharePoint object model.

What should I consider when I restore SharePoint objects?

Before you restore SharePoint objects that Metalogix Backup for SharePoint backed-up, you can choose how to restore the content. You can choose among the following restore types:

·In-place restore

·Out-of-place restore

·Local restore

When you restore an object, the parent of the target object must already exist. For example, if you perform an in-place restore of Web site B and Web site B is under Web site A in the backup set, Web site A must exist in the restore target location to restore Web site B. If you perform an out-of-place restore of Web site B , the Web site that you select to restore Web site B must exist.

When you restore a SharePoint object, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint does not modify the parent of the target object. Because of this, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint cannot restore some components of SharePoint objects that require changes to the target parent. This means that among others, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint is unable to restore workflows, links, and custom column names.

If you restore a custom list, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint may not restore the changes to the default column names. If the custom column names do not exist in the target parent SharePoint object, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint cannot restore these changes.

When you restore a document or list item, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint does not restore any workflows that are associated with that document. If you restore a site that contains lists or libraries with workflows that are set to start automatically, the workflow is restored but is set to start manually.

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NOTE: When you restore a document or list item that includes an associated Web Part, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint does not restore the Web Part.

When you restore only a list, and you have configured custom content types or inherited content types, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint may not restore the content types and workflow associations for the list. Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores what it can based on whether the content types exist in the target parent.

If you restore in-place list items that were deleted, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint creates new list items. If you perform another in-place restore operation that includes those list items, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint may create duplicate objects because the internal identifiers for the list items do not match the originally backed-up objects.

When you restore an object using a differential backup, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint displays two restore operations on the Management Console Overview tab: a restore from the full backup immediately followed by a restore from the differential backup.

What restore type options are available?

The Restore Type field allows you to specify how Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores the backed-up objects.

In-place

When you perform an in-place restore Metalogix Backup for SharePoint will add the missing objects to the destination.

Overwrite Data - The overwrite data option available in the restore wizard, when selected, allows you to overwrite content on your farms with the content selected in the restore section.

Out-of-place

An out-of-place restore creates new SharePoint objects in your farm. Metalogix Backup for SharePoint restores the backed-up objects to a different SharePoint location. The new location must be a valid SharePoint structure for the objects. For example, you cannot restore a list within another list.

If an object that you restore has the same name and type as an object that already exists, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint prompts you to overwrite the existing object or skip it.

If an object that you restore has the same name as an object that already exists, but is a different object type, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint does not restore the object.

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint never automatically overwrites objects during an out-of-place restore. No objects with the same name can exist at the same place in the hierarchy. For example, If you back up List1 under Web site A, and Web site B already has a List1, you cannot restore the backed-up List1 under Web site B.

The restored objects have all of the applicable permissions that were defined when the objects were backed-up. The out-of-place restore option lets you copy and move SharePoint objects and their child objects.

Local

Creates a hierarchy of folders in a location accessible to the computer that hosts the Management Console, then copies the backed-up SharePoint files and folders to that location.

Each restored file or folder inherits the permissions of the local folder. The local restore option lets you retrieve a local copy of the file. You can use this option to quickly retrieve a copy of a backed-up file and verify that you selected the correct version of the file. Metalogix Backup for SharePoint lets users perform local restores to their computer.

What permissions are required to restore SharePoint objects?

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint uses the permissions of the logged in user on the computer where the Management Console is installed. When you restore a site collection, Web site, or SharePoint item, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint takes into account both the current permissions that the user has and the permissions the user had when the backup was created.

The user must have appropriate permissions assigned both when the backup was created, and in the present. In the present, the permission applies to the site collection that is the target for the restore. The user must have one of the following permissions assigned, otherwise if the user did not have sufficient permissions when the objects were backed-up, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint displays the site collections and Web sites in the backup set as disabled.

Site Collection Administrator
Users with the Site Collection Administrator role can restore SharePoint items to any site or site collection where they are the administrator.

Web Application Policy - Full Control
A user who has full control as a result of a Web application policy can restore SharePoint items to any site or site collection in a Web application where they are granted full control.

SharePoint Farm Administrator
A SharePoint Farm Administrator can restore SharePoint items to any site or site collection in a SharePoint farm, including MySites for all users.

Searching for a backed-up SharePoint object

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint includes a powerful search engine to help you to locate objects in specific granular backup sets, mounted or linked content database. You can search for the following types of objects by name:

·Files

·Folders

·Libraries

·Lists

·List items

In addition, you can search for tasks by name. You cannot search the contents of a task by name.

How do I change the number of results per backup set that appear?

By default, search results include only the first 100 results per backup set. Use the Metalogix Backup for SharePoint Management Consoleto change this setting and display between 20 and 999 results per backup set.

To change the number of results that appear per backup set.

1.In the Management Console, do one of the following:

oClick the name of the farm whose Management Service preferences you want to set, then click Tools > Preferences.
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then click Management Console.
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oIn the left pane, click Configuration, then click the name of the farm whose Management Service preferences you want to set,
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then click Management Console in the top right pane.
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2.In the dialog box, in the Search Limits area, enter a value between 20 and 999.
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3.Click OK to close the dialog box and save the changes you made to the Management Console preferences.

How does Metalogix Backup for SharePoint match file names when searching?

When you specify an object name, Metalogix Backup for SharePoint searches for that name starting at the beginning of the names of the backed-up objects. The value you specify must be at the beginning of the object name, or there must be a space or separator, such as an underscore or period, in the name before the value you specified.

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