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NetVault Plug-in for SharePoint 11.3 - User Guide

Introducing NetVault Backup Plug-in for SharePoint Deploying, installing, and removing the plug-in Configuring the plug-in Backing up data Restoring data
Understanding the SharePoint restore process Restoring backups in SharePoint Restoring a single Full Backup,a Full + Differential sequence, or an Individual Site Collection Backup Using other restore procedures
Common tasks Restoring to the same server or farm Restoring to an alternate server or farm
Extra items to protect using NetVault Backup and the Plug-in for FileSystem Troubleshooting

Restoring backups in SharePoint

A standard restore with the plug-in includes the steps outlined in the following topics.

IMPORTANT: If appropriate, you have the option using a Full Backup to restore only your web applications. To restore a Full Backup, you must be a member of the Administrators group. If you do not have administrator permissions, you can only restore data from the Web Application for which you do have permission. If you initiate a restore job for which you do not have the applicable permissions, NetVault Backup displays a “Restore Failed” status. The NetVault Backup binary logs list a “STSADM failed” error message. Although the status implies that the restore failed to complete, any data for which you do have the correct permissions is restored.

Validating prerequisites

Verify that the following requirements are met:

Services started: In the Services window, which you can access by clicking Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services, verify the following; for more information about the service names, see SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 terminology:
The SharePoint Administration service is Started.
If you are performing granular restores that include the Windows SharePoint Services Web Application or one or more web applications, ensure that the SharePoint Timer service is Stopped. This step avoids update conflicts during the restore job.
Web applications: If you are restoring web applications, content databases, or individual site collections, ensure that the web application exists. If the web application does not exist, re-create it before you perform the restore. This step ensures that the timer jobs associated with each web application are created.
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Open SharePoint Central Administration, and select the Application Management tab.
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In the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click Create or extend Web application.
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In the Adding a SharePoint Web Application section, click Create a new Web application.
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On the Create New Web Application page, enter the settings for the new web application. Ensure that the IIS web site and the Database Name match the web application as it existed on the source SharePoint deployment.
Content databases: When restoring individual site collections, confirm that the content databases where the individual site collections are stored have a status of Started in the SharePoint Central Administration utility.
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Open SharePoint Central Administration, and select the Application Management tab.
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In the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click Content Databases.

Selecting data for a restore

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On the Create Restore Job — Choose Saveset page, select Plug‑in for SharePoint from the Plugin Type list.

Full Backup

STSADM FULL

Differential Backup

STSADM DIFFERENTIAL

Individual Site Collection

STSADM INDIVIDUAL SITE

When you select a saveset, the following details are displayed in the Saveset Information area: Job ID, job title, server name, client name, plug-in name, saveset date and time, retirement setting, Incremental Backup or not, Archive or not, saveset size, and snapshot-based backup or not.
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Click Next.
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On the Create Selection Set page, double-click a node to open it.
The database name is displayed when you open this node. For the File and Filegroup backup saveset, you can open the database node and select the individual files or filegroups. For other backup types, further drill-down shows items but you cannot select them.
Full and Differential Backups provide the option to restore complete farms, individual web applications, or individual content databases. The Create Selection Set page for Full and Differential Backups displays all the items that are included in the backup; however, STSADM does not make all items available for granular restore selection. Items displayed without a corresponding check box are restored automatically when its parent node is selected. For example, Shared Search Index is not available for granular restore; however, it is restored when its parent SharedService1 is selected for restore. The types of SharePoint objects visible on the tab of a Full or Differential Backup are outlined in the following table:

Farm

Web Service, SSP, Global Search Settings, or Search Service

Web Application, User Profile Application, Session State Shared Application, Search Shared Application, or Search Service Instance

Configuration, Shared Service, Shared Search, or Content Database

Do not select a parent node and exclude individual sub nodes with a red X. This combination causes the restore job to fail because STSADM does not allow you to restore a parent node without restoring all the sub- or child nodes.

Setting restore options

On the Create Selection Set page, click Edit Plugin Options, and configure the following parameters — these options are available for all VSS backup types:

Restore Files from Backup Only: If you want the backup package for the selected saveset restored to the specified Directory for Temporary Files for use in advanced restore scenarios, select this option. If you use this option, the plug-in restores files to the target directory and leaves them intact; the plug-in does not restore the files to the SharePoint Farm. For more information, see Using other restore procedures.
SQL Server User Name: Specify a SQL Server user with the sysadmin server role in the DOMAIN\username format.
Password: Enter the password associated with the user specified in the preceding field.
Restore Files from Backup Only: If you want the backup package for the selected saveset restored to the specified Directory for Temporary Files for use in advanced restore scenarios, select this option. If you use this option, the plug-in restores files to the target directory and leaves them intact; the plug-in does not restore the files to the SharePoint Farm. For more information, see Using other restore procedures.
Overwrite Existing: If you want to overwrite the existing configuration when restoring Individual Site Collection backups to the same or alternate server or farm, select this option. When this option is cleared, the individual site collection cannot exist in the destination server or farm; otherwise, the restore job fails.
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