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And Restore Job
P E R F O R M A S I T E C O L L E C T I O N B A C K U P
In the previous version of SharePoint, this kind of backup was done only with the
commandline tool, STSADM. Now it is available in the GUI for your convenience but still does about the
You have far fewer options on the Site Collection backup page than you do at the command
line (with either STSADM or its new and favored cousin, PowerShell). However, it still works if
you want to try a site collection backup in the GUI first, before trying it at the command line.
On the Site Collection Backup page there is just one setting, a field to specify the location and
filename for the backup (Figure 11.58). Make sure the SharePoint farm account has read and
write access to the location; otherwise, the backup can’t be made.
Once you’ve entered a path and filename for the site collection backup and chosen whether to
overwrite any file at that location with the same name (useful if you are doing regular backups),
click Start Backup to begin.
The Granular Backup Job Status page will immediately open, displaying the current status
of the backup job running, whether there is a backup or export running, if the timer job is
running. There is also a convenient link to delete the backup timer job if it fails rather than having
to go to the Timer Jobs page and do it.
E X P O R T A S I T E O R L I S T
This page is very like the Site Backup page, only it exports sites, libraries, or lists. Exporting is
very much like a backup, and I’ve often done exports to back up a particular site. Export will
back up a path, meaning you can export site collections, subsites with sites below them, or a