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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

Overview

To protect the entire SharePoint Farm adequately in disaster recovery scenarios, include the following items in the backup strategy. While you should back these items up at least once, Quest recommends that you back them up every time they change:

Customizations

In the following link, Microsoft recommends that you package customizations to SharePoint sites as solutions that can contain features, Web Parts, security policy changes, and other files. Features are portions of solutions that can be enabled by the server administrator against the farm, a specific web application, a specific site collection, or a specific website.

http://office.microsoft.com/download/afile.aspx?AssetID=AM102447701033

Packaging customizations into solutions simplifies the backup-and-recovery process by enabling SharePoint administrators to back up each solution package and redeploy the solution to the applicable servers if there is a disaster.

For decentralized systems, or systems in which customizations have not or cannot be packaged as solutions, customization files must be backed up individually. Customization files are stored in several places on the front-end web servers, including:

Replace <version> with 12 for SharePoint 2007, 14 for SharePoint 2010, 15 for SharePoint 2013, or 16 for SharePoint 2016.

Also, some customizations also write changes to the web.config file. Quest recommends that you consult with your SharePoint development team or customization vendor to determine a definitive list of add-in software file locations.

IIS configuration

For each front-end web server, Quest recommends that you protect the IIS Metabase in addition to the web.config file in the root directory of the hosting virtual server. You can back up these items by using the Plug-in for FileSystem.

For more information, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/0a522f43-ce6e-436f-8534-7f3fe27e1eed.mspx?mfr=true

Alternate access mapping

Alternate access-mapping settings for SharePoint can be dumped to a text file by running the following command and including the resulting backup file in a Plug-in for FileSystem backup job:

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