Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How to safely Back up SharePoint 2013 farm

You can use three options to backup SharePoint 2013 farm: SharePoint Central Administration, Windows PowerShell & SQL Server tools. We also used these three options in SharePoint Server 2010 & 2007 but the procedure was little bit different. Here are all steps:

Windows PowerShell:

1.Start menu>> All Programs 
2.Click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products.
3.Click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.
4.At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

Backup-SPFarm -Directory <BackupFolder> -BackupMethod {Full | Differential} [-Verbose]

SharePoint Central Administration:

1.In Central Administration>>the Backup and Restore section>>Perform a backup.
2.Perform a Backup>>Select Component to Back Up page>>select the farm from the list of components>>Next.
3.Start Backup>> Select Backup Options page, in the Backup Type section>>select either Full or Differential.
4.Back Up Only Configuration Settings section>> Back up content and configuration settings.
5. Backup File Location section>>type the UNC path of the backup folder>> Start Backup.
6.At the top of the Backup and Restore Status page, you can view the general status of all backup jobs. Backup and recovery are Timer service jobs. Therefore, it may take several seconds for the backup to start.

SQL Server tools:

1.Open SQL Server Management Studio and connect to the correct instance of the SQL Server Database Engine.
2.Object Explorer>>expand Databases.
3.Right-click the database that you want to back up>>point to Tasks>> Back Up.
4.Back Up Database dialog box>>Source area>>kind of backup that you want to perform from the Backup type list. 
5.Backup component area>>Database.
6.You can use the default name or specify a new name in the Name text box for the backup set 
7.After that Specify the expiration date for the backup set. 
8.Destination area>>specify where you want to store your backup.
9.Click 'OK' to back up the database.
10.Repeat steps 1-10 for each farm database.

These above are the steps through which you can easily & safely backup your full SharePoint Server farm!!

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