Once a Backup exists, users can create updates by capturing a full or incremental snapshots of their Office 365 Group environment. Here are the basic guidelines for this process:
1.Select a Office 365 Groups Backup project from the Backup Navigator panel.
2.From the Ribbon (or right-click menu for the selected backup) select the Update Backup option. This will generate the Update Backup Properties screen.
3.A user may select one of several options for the update:
Full Update - this will create a full snapshot of your currently configured backup project.
Incremental Backup - this will capture only the changes in your backup project since the last update, regardless if that update was Full or Incremental. In this scenario a user could create a series of Backups containing data changes for a specific time period.
Differential Backup - this will capture all the changes in your backup project since the last full Backup, even if other incremental Backups have been created in the interim.
Custom Filter Update - Selecting this option will allow you to update the filter options for the backup. Filters allow the inclusion or exclusion of items by user defined criteria, such as date, size, file extension, file name, or file owner.
Please note that the Apply Filter functionality is only applied to selected containers (i.e. site, lists or folders). If you select specific content (documents or items) then those objects will be included with the operation regardless of the filter applied. If you want to selectively include content, please select the container that this content resides in and apply the filter or apply the filter against the container first, then select the remaining content.
For the File Extension and Exclude Folders parameters only, you can use "," to set more than 1 criteria. For example, use this format "png,docx,pptx" to include multiple file extensions.
"Size" filter should have a whole number without decimals. It recommended not to use operators "Equal" and "Not Equal" to avoid difficulties with accurate file size if it more than 1 MB.
Use "Save Filter" option to save filter settings to file and load it in different wizards or Profile Manager. Note that filter file and filter fields have to match. For example, set of fields in filter will be different if you copy file into two different libraries.
Send Notification - Enter a specific user email address. For two or more, separate each email address with a comma.
Change Retention Policy - selecting this button will open the retention policy properties window, allowing you to update the retention policy for the backup.
4.Press Finish to update the Backup now or choose the Schedule button to configure a Windows Task Scheduler task to schedule the update backup (See the Scheduling Backup Jobs section for more information).
The following are instructions for restoring Office 365 Groups from a specific backup:
1.Navigate to the backup, You can access the Restore wizard by either right-clicking on the selected username and selecting the "Restore" option
Or you can access the Restore Wizard by selecting "To Original Location" in the Restore section of the Ribbon.
2.This will start a restore membership content job.
Smart Backup is an option available in the Backup Properties section of the Backup Wizard. This function is only available for Hyper Backups.
The smart backup functionality in Hyper Backup will help you to save space on storage. It uses the MD5 algorithm to scan backup files and excludes duplicates. The MD5 message-digest algorithm is a widely used hash function producing a 128-bit hash value. Although MD5 was initially designed to be used as a cryptographic hash function, it can be used as a checksum to verify data integrity. If checksum for files is the same, Essentials tool will save only one file instead of storing two equal files.
Below is an example of a backup project completed with and without the smart backup functionality selected.
Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 Backup is a simple and easy to use backup tool that empowers administrators and power users to efficiently backup, archive, and restore their content from SharePoint, Office 365 SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business sites, and Exchange Online mailboxes (when licensed). With Metalogix Backup, you can quickly retrieve individual items or entire sites.
·Site Backup: Backup and extract site collections, sites, lists and libraries, documents and versions, permissions, views, column groups, fields, terms, and content types in SharePoint or Office 365.
·OneDrive for Business Backup: Backup and extract content, versions and SharePoint permissions from one or more users' OneDrive for Business Documents library within your Office 365 tenant.
·Exchange Online Mailbox Backup: Backup and extract messages, folders, calendar events, tasks and more from one or more users' Exchange Online Mailboxes within your Office 365 tenant. This feature is automatically disabled and must be manually enabled.
·Cloud Storage: Backup and Restore to/from Azure and Amazon S3
·Extract: Extract legacy or orphaned content from SharePoint and Office 365 to a file system based on specific search and filter criteria of your choice.
·Restore: Restore content to existing SharePoint or Office 365 site collections, sites, list and libraries, and folders without rolling back the entire SharePoint farm. (Cannot be used for Migration. Choose Metalogix Essentials for Office 365 migration for the best results)
·Ensure High Availability: Access critical content and ensure continuous 24x7 business operations in Office 365 and other hosted environments in the event of a service interruption through local backups.
·Rapid Item Level Restore: Granularly restore selected SharePoint items from the local backup copy with the option to include metadata, versions, and authorship properties.
·Schedule Backups: Use Windows scheduler to run full or incremental backups from PowerShell or the command line as a part of larger batch jobs.
NOTE: As with any Backup solution, it is strongly recommended that you thoroughly test the solution in a non-production environment prior to running any operations against your production data. Make note of all backed up and restored objects, their behavior, the process itself, scheduled operations as well as the results. If at any time you have additional questions about objects and functionality, please open a ticket with support for additional information.