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Rapid Recovery 6.1.3 - DocRetriever for SharePoint User Guide

Introduction to DocRetriever for SharePoint Installing and configuring DocRetriever
System requirements Supported items Roadmap for installing DocRetriever for SharePoint Obtaining DocRetriever installation software Guidelines for upgrading DocRetriever for SharePoint Setting up Windows user accounts for use with DocRetriever Installing, uninstalling, and repairing DocRetriever for SharePoint Creating a local service database for DocRetriever Configuring DocRetriever Console settings Manually specifying the SharePoint database location
Recovering SharePoint data with DocRetriever Working with DocRetriever log files About us Glossary

Introduction to DocRetriever for SharePoint

This section provides an overview of DocRetriever for SharePoint (DocRetriever). It describes the features, functionality and architecture.

Using this documentation

Welcome to the DocRetriever for SharePoint User Guide. The information in this document is organized as follows:

Introduction to DocRetriever for SharePoint provides an introduction to DocRetriever, including its relationship with Rapid Recovery.
Installing and configuring DocRetriever provides information about how to install and configure DocRetriever.
Recovering SharePoint data with DocRetriever provides instructions on how to recover SharePoint data using DocRetriever.
Working with DocRetriever log files describes how to work with DocRetriever restore logs.

This document uses the following conventions:

A procedure is a set of instructions to be performed in a defined order to get a specific result.
A process typically consists of two or more procedures.
A roadmap is a plan for achieving a particular complex goal, and typically consists of a set of processes. Those processes may apply to a broad range of users and different situations; not all processes in a roadmap apply to all users, and not all are required to be accomplished in a specific order.

Quest recommends that you read through this guide and familiarize yourself with the contents. If you are experiencing problems with DocRetriever, consult this guide before you contact a Quest Support representative.

About DocRetriever for SharePoint

When performing data recovery for a SharePoint farm from a backup, SharePoint administrators typically can only replace information for the entire site collection, with no granularity. DocRetriever for SharePoint lets you recover and restore SharePoint objects from the site collection level down to the component level.

DocRetriever enables you to browse all the documents and objects within a SharePoint farm, site, and site hierarchy directly (with intact permissions) from a Rapid Recovery or AppAssure recovery point. You can also use other recovery sources, including a SharePoint content database, SharePoint farm, native Microsoft SQL Server backup, native SharePoint backup, or native SharePoint differential backup.

From the site collection in the backup you are browsing, you can then restore objects using several flexible options:

In each case, these items can be restored without rebuilding the entire production database or using a SharePoint recovery farm.

When you recover SharePoint data, all permissions and metadata are preserved. In addition, DocRetriever audits and logs all operations to easily identify the objects that were added or modified. DocRetriever performs all restore operations through the supported SharePoint APIs for compliance.

DocRetriever, AppAssure, and Rapid Recovery compatibility

DocRetriever for SharePoint is a useful tool to help retrieve and recover SharePoint data with granularity and flexibility. The SharePoint data you recover comes from a backup of SharePoint content known as a recovery source.

For detailed information about recovery sources DocRetriever supports, see the topic Data recovery sources and compatibility.

In SharePoint environments protected by a Rapid Recovery Core, Quest recommends first attempting recovery of SharePoint data from a recovery point. This preferred recovery method requires the SharePoint front-end web server to be protected by both the Rapid Recovery Agent software and the DocRetriever Agent software.

Because DocRetriever uses SharePoint native SQL Server databases for recovery, the DocRetriever version is backward-compatible with the version of the software used to create the recovery points. Using DocRetriever Console release 6.1.2, for example, you can recover SharePoint data from a recovery point from the same Rapid Recovery release. You can also recover data from an earlier Rapid Recovery release, for example 6.0.2.

However, the converse is not true: You cannot use an older version of DocRetriever (for example, 6.0.2) to recover data from a newer recovery point version (for example, release 6.1.2).

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