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Full System Recovery: SharePoint Server Agent

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

Disaster Recovery Using a Pseudo Client

Perform a farm level disaster recovery using a pseudo client on SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. You can use this recovery solution to back up and recover Web Application, Content Databases and Web Front End data like SharePoint hive, IIS settings and SharePoint registry entries.

Web Front End data is protected by pseudo clients and the other components are protected using Farm level backups and restores.

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

  1. Create a pseudo client.
  2. In the CommCell Browser, expand the pseudo client and configure a user-defined subclient. On the Contents tab, include Web Front End data.
  3. To protect the Web Front End data, perform a backup operation from the newly created user-defined subclient.
  4. 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 Backups for VMware.

    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

    In your Farm setup, on the Content Database Options tab, select a SQL server to back up content database.

    If you do not select a SQL server on the Content Database Options tab, the content databases are backed up using the SQL agent.

  • 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 details on running a SharePoint Server Agent Farm Backup, see, Backup - SharePoint Server Agent - Farm.

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 Restores for VMware.

    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, on the Content Database Options tab, select a SQL server to restore content database.

    If you do not select a SQL server on the Content Database Options tab, the content databases are restored using the SQL agent.

  • SharePoint Farm

    In your Farm setup, use the SharePoint Server Agent Farm Backup set to restore all the components excluding the Solutions. For details, see, Restore - SharePoint Server Agent - Farm.

    You can also restore configuration database and content database of the central administration using the SharePoint agent.

    For more information, see Is SharePoint DB restore of configuration database and content database of the central administration supported?

    Note: Run a separate SharePoint Server agent farm restore job to restore the solutions.

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Disaster Recovery