You've Lost the Farm… Where Do You Start Your SharePoint Recovery Journey?

By Ilia Sotnikov


There is no argument about the importance of a disaster recovery (DR) plan for any IT service or application of a considerable business value. And no doubt many SharePoint deployments today are important--if not critical--for business continuity. That said, how well are we prepared to handle a server farm failure?


Sure, we all do the backups. But backup is not a plan for disaster recovery, though it is one of the crucial components in the DR plan. If you perform a simple search in forums and groups you will see numerous calls for help from people who have regular SharePoint backups but their attempts to restore fail for various reasons:


  • Missing accounts or permissions; specifically SQL permissions seem to be a very common issue;
  • Wrong order of steps when trying to re-create a new farm and restoring backup into the new config database;
  • Timer job issues when restoring via Central Administration.


The key to successful restore is the combination of right people, efficient processes and products they use that help prevent mistakes to ensure complete recovery of the SharePoint data and services.

Quest unveils the product that makes the restore task easier and allows you to avoid the most common issues during a farm recovery.


Today we invite everyone participate in the community preview of Quest Recovery Manager for SharePoint 4.0 and share your feedback with the team. In addition to its superior granular content restore capabilities, this new version of Recovery Manager allows you to do the following:


  • Manage Central Administration backups for several SharePoint 2007 or 2010 farms from within the same web user interface;
  • Verify prerequisites for the farm recovery to ensure restore success;
  • Automate restore across several servers, including all farm configuration settings, data, web applications, services and customization solutions;
  • Restore from an existing farm backup created with Central Administration, STSADM.exe or PowerShell cmdlets.


The new version will be released for general availability within the next couple months. But right now you can download the preview build.


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