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Metalogix Backup for SharePoint 6.6 - User Guide

Product Overview Getting Started Configuring Metalogix Backup for SharePoint
Opening the Management Console Connecting a standalone Management Console to the Management Service Configuring Metalogix Backup for SharePoint for your farm Managing the Backup Service Managing farms Configuring fault tolerance Managing self-service recovery Managing preferences Managing alerts Managing backup set disk space Importing a Repository Database
Reviewing backup status Backing up and restoring farm components Restoring granular objects

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.


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, 2016 and 2019 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.

2.In the Farm Backup/Restore pane, click any server name or All Servers for any farm.

3.In the right pane, click Restore.

4.In the Backup Sets field, click the name of any backup set that includes the SharePoint configuration databases.

5.The Backup Content field lists the contents of the backup set.


NOTE: If the Backup Content field does not appear, click Backup Content in the ribbon to display it.

6.In the ribbon, click View Farm Configuration.


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.


7.In the Farm Configuration dialog box, select the XML file that you want to view.


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.


Restoring granular objects

Metalogix Backup for SharePoint can back up SharePoint objects from SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019 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.


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.


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.

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