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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

Backing up SharePoint

Microsoft SharePoint is gaining in popularity as a corporate collaboration tool; it's great for office efficiency, but tough on backups. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is an interesting suite of applications. I've heard from a number of users who extol its collaboration methods, but from a backup perspective, SharePoint is somewhat analogous to VMware and other server virtualization technologies. SharePoint may be solving the world's problems, but how do you back this thing up? (Interestingly, the backup solutions for SharePoint and VMware are eerily similar; more on that later.) The challenge with backing up SharePoint is that it's not just one application, but a suite of applications that work together. Each SharePoint portal consists of one or more Web servers, application servers, query servers and index servers, all of which store their data in multiple SQL Server databases (at minimum, one content database and one configuration database). In a very small environment these can all be placed on a single physical server, ...

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