Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Six Important Steps to Plan SharePoint Backup & Recovery Process

Are you sure that backup and recovery operations performed well and the environment is surely recover your SharePoint database against data loss.Here are six important steps which can help you to plan a better backup & recovery process: 

1. Avoid running concurrent processes: During backup & recovery operation, avoid running another process. Also remember that all databases are not backed up at the same time. 

2. Small database for faster recovery: Keep databases as small as possible which help you to speed up both backup and recovery process. You can do it by many methods one of: by using multiple content databases for a Web application instead of one large content database. 

3. Always prefer incremental backups for large databases: Incremental backups can be faster restoration than other backup options for larger databases.   

4. Use SQL Server backup and restore optimization recommendations: There are many common recommendations for better SQL backup & restore operations optimizations; some are: Use a combination of full, differential, and transaction log backups for SQL Server to minimize the time of recovery process. If you are using the full recovery model then to avoid maintenance issues, you should periodically truncate the transaction log files. 

5. Configure SharePoint settings for better backup or restore: performance: For better backup or restore performance, you can configure settings which is available in Central Administration and Windows PowerShell. Some common settings are: If you are using the Export-SPWeb Windows PowerShell cmdlet, you can use NoFileCompression parameter to suppress file compression while exporting and importing the file because File compression can use up to 30% more resources. One another parameter NoLogFile to suppress log file creation to save resources.

6. Consider site collection size when determining the tools to use: When you used site collection backups then you should select the tools that are based on the site collection size. For example: If the site collection size is less than 15 GB then you should use the Windows PowerShell command Backup-SPSite. If the size is 15-100 GB then Use a SharePoint Products and Technologies tool, a SQL Server tool.

All these six steps will surely guide you to plan better backup & recovery process.

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