Offline Restore - SharePoint Server iDataAgent

Restore Browse and Restore Offline Restore
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Overview

SharePoint Offline browse and restore allows you to browse and recover data from a granular level of a file, library, sub site or a Site Collection. This is especially useful in cases where there is not a granular level backup available that contains the data to be recovered. This procedure requires availability of a content database attached to an SQL Server.

Prerequisites

The following are prerequisites to using this feature:

License Requirements

The SharePoint Offline Mining Tools require the Offline Mining Enabler for SharePoint license.

Supported Versions

  • SharePoint Sever 2013
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2007

Client Requirements

Configuring Offline Mining

You can configure to mine an offline content database by following the steps given below:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers | <Client> | SharePoint Server.
  2. Right-click SharePoint Server and click Properties.
  3. On the General tab ensure that the appropriate SharePoint Version is selected.

    Check box to enable offline mining is not visible if the selected version is SharePoint 2007. As a workaround, select SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013 as the SharePoint version.

  4. Select the Enable Offline Mining check box.
  5. Click OK.

Offline Browse and Restore of Sub Sites and Documents

Always browse and restore a document, a sub site, library, or a list one level higher in the destination. Else, the restore operation might fail.

For example,

  • Restore a document or a list item to a document library or a list where they need to be restored to.
  • Restore a complete document library, a list or a sub site to the root (/) of their current site collection.

On the destination computer, you can browse and restore the offline content database as follows:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers | <Client> | SharePoint Server| Database.

    Right-click Database, point to All Task and click Offline Browse.

  2. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, enter the following details:
    1. Browse and select the SQL Instance that has the Content database attached to it.

      If you are browsing from a remote server, type a name for SQL Instance.

    2. Browse and select the Content Database that has to be mined.

      If you are browsing from a remote server, type a name for Content Database.

    3. Select the Attach Content Database to Web Application check box and enter a Web Application URL.

      Enter a web app URL which does not have a site collection added.

      • For SharePoint 2007, it is mandatory to provide the web application link.
      • For SharePoint 2010 and 2013, attach the content database to web application only for host named site collections.
      • For SharePoint 2007, before performing offline browse on content database, detach the content database from the web application.

    4. Click View Content.
  3. The Client browse tab will display the Central Administrator path under the Database.

    Navigate to the desired level that you wish to restore and select from the available display of sub sites, libraries or documents.

    • When trying to restore document versions, the offline restore allows to restore either the latest version or all the available versions.
    • For SharePoint 2007, you cannot restore individual items.
    • Offline browse shows list item size as 0.

    Click Recover All Selected.

  4. On the Restore Options tab, Document is selected under Types of Restore.

    From the Destination client list, select the client that has the SharePoint Server iDataAgent installed on it.

    Browse and Specify Destination path on the SharePoint Server.

    Click Unconditional Overwrite and click OK.

Offline Browse and Restore of Site Collections

Always browse and restore a site collection one level higher in the destination. Else, the restore operation might fail.

For example, restore a site collection to a web application where it needs to be restored to.

On the destination computer, you can browse and restore the offline content database as follows:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers | <Client> | SharePoint Server| Database.

    Right-click Database, point to All Task and click Offline Browse

  2. In the Browse and Restore Options dialog box, enter the following details:
    1. Browse and select the SQL Instance that has the Content database attached to it.
    2. Browse and select the Content Database that has to be mined.
    3. Click View Content.
  3. The Client browse tab will display the Central Administrator path under the Database.

    Navigate to the desired Site Collection.

    Click Recover All Selected.

  4. On the Restore Options tab, Document is selected under Types of Restore.

    From the Destination client list, select the client that has the SharePoint Server iDataAgent installed on it.

    Browse and Specify Destination path on the SharePoint Server.

    Click Unconditional Overwrite.

    Optionally to restore the Site Collection to a particular database, click Store Site Collections in specified Database and enter the following details:
    • Database Server name
    • Database name
    Optionally click Add new user to site to specify the user credentials of the administrator who has access to the Site Collection.

    Click OK.