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Full System Recovery of SharePoint Server Agent

Full system recovery of SharePoint Server client involves the following phases:

Disaster Recovery Using a Pseudo Client

You can use a pseudo client to back up and recover web applications, content databases, and web front end data like SharePoint hive, IIS settings and SharePoint registry entries.

Databases backup set does not back up Web Front End data like SharePoint hive, IIS settings and SharePoint registry entries. To back up these components, you can use a pseudo client to perform a farm level disaster recovery.

The following is a high-level process for performing a disaster recovery using a pseudo client:

  1. Create a pseudo client.
  2. Install SharePoint Server agent on all the servers residing in the farm.
  3. In the <Admin Console>, expand the pseudo client and create a user-defined subclient. From the Add content dialog box, select the web front end data.
  4. To protect the web front end data, perform a backup operation from the newly created user-defined subclient.
  5. In case of a failure, perform a restore operation to recover one or more components of the web front end data using the pseudo client.

Preparing for a Full System Recovery

Before you begin a disaster recovery, ensure that the following backups are performed:

  • Servers

    In your SharePoint farm setup, backup all the servers configured on virtual machines by using the Virtual Server Agent for VMware.

    For details on running a virtual server backup, see Performing a Virtual Machine Backup.

    However, in your farm setup, if the servers are configured on physical computers, then use the File System Agent to back up the farm servers.

  • Content Databases

    Back up the content databases in your farm setup. To do this, use a subclient with the SQL server client where the SharePoint content databases reside.

    For more information, see Creating User-Defined Subclients.

  • SharePoint Farm

    In your farm setup, use the SharePoint Server Agent farm backup set to back up all the components excluding the content and the configuration databases.

    For more information, see Backing Up a SharePoint Database.

Recovering the SharePoint Server Farm

To recover the SharePoint Server farm, you must restore the following components:

  • Servers

    To restore the virtual machines hosting the servers, use the Virtual Server Agent for VMware.

    For details on restoring a Virtual Server, see VMware Restores.

    However, in your farm setup, if the servers are configured on physical computers, then use the File System Agent to restore the farm servers.

  • Content Databases

    In your farm setup, to restore content database, select a SQL server client where the SharePoint content databases reside.

    If you do not select such a SQL server client, the content databases are restored using the SQL agent.

  • SharePoint Farm

    In your farm setup, use the SharePoint Server Agent Databases backup set to restore all the components excluding the Solutions.

    For more information, see Restoring a Content Database with Web Application.

Last modified: 5/30/2019 11:30:54 AM