Another week, another new release. This time it is Recovery Manager for SharePoint 4.3 which just went live and is now available for download from quest.com. Here's a quick summary of what's new in this release:
Support for SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 and June cumulative update. Obviously, Recovery Manager can now work with SP1 backups and live environments, however this actually includes several advanced features as well. For example, you can use Recovery Manager to restore content from pre-SP1 backups to the live SharePoint 2010 SP1 environment.
Advanced functionality on top of SharePoint 2010 SP1 Site Recycle Bin. Recovery Manager expands number of scenarios where you can leverage SharePoint's latest ability to save deleted sites in a recycle bin. This includes:
- Search within deleted sites in Recycle Bin and across multiple backups with a single search query. In SharePoint you cannot see the contents of a deleted site until you restore it, with Recovery Manager you can find documents or libraries within the deleted sites.
- Restore sites from Recycle Bin - once you find what you need, you don't have to leave Recovery Manager interface, you can simply restore the site back from within the search results.
- Finally, if restoring the site is too much and you only need some of its contents, you can save libraries or individual documents from deleted sites to the file system. That's right, just get what you need from within the Recycle Bin without restoring the entire site back!
Granular item level restore from full virtual machine backup created with Quest vRanger. Is your environment running on VMWare ESX or ESXi? Good news: you can now have SQL and SharePoint servers in your farm protected with vRanger, and have granular data recovery on top of that - no additional backups required! Recovery Manager for SharePoint can now provide these great additional capabilities on top of vRanger backup:
- Automatically discover new vRanger 5.x backups of the SQL VM that contains SharePoint content databases.
- Automatically analyze content of the databases in vRanger backups to make them searchable in Recovery Manager.
- Complete support of all granular restore functionality: can restore anything from single item or document up to the site collection, along with all metadata, permissions, workflows, etc.
- And my favorite: Recovery Manager does not require SharePoint administrator to have permissions to vRanger or vCenter. In fact, it does not even require that you, a SharePoint guy, know anything about the VMWare infrastructure – all you need to restore sites or documents is access to SharePoint and Recovery Manager. (Of course, this requires initial configuration and relevant permissions granted to the service account.)
So, lots of good functionality and more scenarios and environments are now supported by Recovery Manager. As usual, fully functional 30-days trial version is available for download.
Product Manager @Quest