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Data Protection Manager 2012 beta 2 (Protecting SharePoint 2010)

 

repost from scug.dk

One highly requested feature is the ability to backup and restore SharePoint server , Microsoft have improved their SharePoint support in Data Protection Manager 2012 and added support for single item level recovery without having to restore the whole content database this will give a faster recovery.

The procedure for creating the backup haven’t changed from DPM2010 and i can highly recommend Mike Resseler’s 3 step blog post with setting up the 2010 part

http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm/archive/2010/03/11/sharepoint-2010-protection-in-dpm-2010-part-1.aspx

Current limitations as pr beta 2 (subject to change)

· Item-level recovery for items in Filestream databases will not be optimized.

· Tape recovery will not be optimized.

· DPM does not support item-level recovery for SharePoint sites using Variations. For more information about Variations, see Variations overview.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27216 beta2 and documentation download

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On the SharePoint server after DPM Agent Installation , run ConfigureSharepoint.exe –EnableSharepointProtection , this will prompt you for a account that is SharePoint Administrator

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Create a protection group and add the SharePoint install (here everything is located on one server) and let the first backup complete

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DPM will index the SharePoint content once a day , so there can be some delay in restore selection showing all content this can be forced with

get-ProtectionGroup dpm10.demo.local |get-datasource |where-object {$_.type –like “*SharePoint*”} | start-createcatalog , this will index the backup

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If we then delete the document

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then we can go into DPM and restore the item

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When we select recovery

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Since the original farm is running we will Recover without the using recovery farm

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The new party trick is that DPM2012 will mount the content database from the replica on the Data Protection Manager server, this will save a significant amount of data transfer , but require that the replica being recovered from is located on disk (not sure if that will change as we go closer to RTM)

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And we have our document back.

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We can then on the SharePoint Server see that DPM have attached a database to the local instance and then run the export / import commands on SharePoint to recovery the data, if we are fast enough we can see the database being mounted over the network to the DPM server.

 
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