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Recovering sites, documents, and lists
Recovering sites, documents, and lists
The process of restoring sites, documents, and lists is the same as restoring item-level
data which we will cover next. When DPM creates recovery points, it catalog the
SharePoint farm. DPM gathers a list of anything in the SharePoint object hierarchy
that is stored within a SharePoint content database. All of these items such as sites,
documents, and lists then become recoverable. The process for recovering one of
these objects is the same process and will be covered under item-level recovery next.
Item-level Recovery
One of the best features of DPM 2010 is the item-level recovery of SharePoint 2010
data. We learned how to enable this type of protection for our SharePoint farms in
Chapter 7 . This item-level recovery is actually utilizing a new feature of SharePoint
2010 called Unattached Recovery . An Unattached Recovery can actually be
performed in SharePoint 2010 itself without the need for DPM. However without
using DPM the process has many more steps and is therefore prone to operational
errors. DPM actually locates the recovery point of the content database, restores the
entire database, then exports the file from the unattached content database, and
reimports it into the live SharePoint site. Without DPM you would be completing all of
those steps on your own. DPM makes this easier and less painful.
During the item-level recovery DPM requires these three things:
• A temporary SQL server instance to restore the content database
• A directory on SQL server to temporarily hold the databases files
• A directory on the web front end to temporarily hold the restored item
in cmp form
You will be able to input the location of the SQL server and locations for the data
in the recovery wizard. This will be demonstrated soon when we walk through the
recovery process. The data will be cleaned up automatically by DPM when it is done
with the restore process. It is recommended to use a non-production SQL server, and
non-production SharePoint farm to store the temporary data. Now let's run step by
step through an item-level recovery in DPM, following these steps:
1. Open the DPM Administrator Console . Click on Recovery in the
navigation bar.
2. Under Protected data browse to the SharePoint server you want to recover
data from.
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