When companies first deploy SharePoint, they often rely upon SQL Server backups to protect their SharePoint content. But when it comes to SharePoint backup and recovery, the inability to restore at the item-level makes otherwise fast recoveries burdensome and inefficient. AvePoint's DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint is the answer, delivering full fidelity, item-level restore capabilities directly from live SQL and DPM databases and backups. This free component complements AvePoint DocAve Backup and Recovery module, which delivers the comprehensive item-through-platform level protection organizations running mission - critical businesses demand.
All Microsoft, All the Way
As with all AvePoint software, DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint leverages only fully supported Microsoft methodologies and API's.
Here's a breakdown of features you'll find in AvePoint's free DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint, as well as those available in the DocAve Backup and Recovery module.
|Features||DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint||DocAve Backup and Recovery|
|Restore||Item, site, and site collection level restores from active SQL and DPM databases|
|Item, site, and site collection level restores from SQL and DPM backups|
|Fast recovery of entire SharePoint platform|
|Backup||Granular backup capability(to optimize storage resources)|
|Automated backup plan creation according to content business importance|
|Protection of IIS Settings|
|Enables synchronous backup of all farm components|
|Protection of Global Assembly Cache (GAC)|
|Protection of 12-Hive|
|Protection of front end Web Server configurations and customizations|
|Protection of Shared Service Provider (SSP) configurations|
|Protection of Single Sign On (SSO) configurations|
AvePoint's FREE DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint is the precise and powerful tool organizations need to leverage their SQL Server and DPM backups effectively and efficiently. But the next question to ask is: Is this enough?
Many organizations running SharePoint rely solely upon SQL Server's native functionality to backup and – when needed – to recover both content and the platform itself. Without a solution that enables full-fidelity, item-level restores from SQL Server backup images (something like AvePoint's DocAve Recovery Manager for SharePoint), this can prove quite burdensome and inefficient.
But even if you do have such a tool, is this enough? Well, the answer is: It depends. Let's go step-by-step over what SQL Server backups restores can deliver, and why even having item-level restore capabilities might or might not be all you need, given your deployment and how important it is to your organization.
When your production platform fails – due to natural disaster, corruption, or otherwise – your primary objective is to get the environment back online as fast as possible. When relying upon your SQL Server image to recover, here are some issues you will face:
As a result, recovering from a SharePoint platform failure using only a SQL Server backup makes the process very tedious, labor-intensive, and highly prone to human error.
To understand, let's take a look at SQL Server backups from another perspective…namely, its impact on your storage and system resources. For this analysis, let's focus on the capabilities of SQL Server backups during the actual backup process.
Now that we have an understanding of the capabilities and drawbacks of SQL Server backups for SharePoint data protection, let's list out some key questions every administrator should ask themselves when deciding if SQL Server images are a potent enough strategy for their organization:
Every organization will have a different set of answers to these questions. And every organization must come to its own conclusion as to whether a more potent and powerful SharePoint data protection strategy is needed. Some might decide that their SharePoint SLA's allow for the time and energy required to restore their production platform manually. Some might feel that their storage and system resources allow them the ability to take SQL Server backups as often as their most critical data requires, and store it without worry or constraint.
For these organizations, there is a cost-effective and powerful solution that will meet your needs. Click on the next tab to learn how to deliver comprehensive and optimized platform protection.
DocAve Backup and Recovery addresses the need for a complete, flexible, and intelligent backup solution for Microsoft SharePoint. DocAve provides full fidelity backup and recovery, from an individual content item to an entire SharePoint environment and all of its farm-level components, maintaining all metadata, securities, and version histories.
DocAve's exclusive Business Criticality Matrix automatically classifies SharePoint content according to business importance and usage activity. This allows you to optimize storage and system resources, and execute rule-based backups based on real-time data analyses.
Protect entire SharePoint environments, from individual items and sites to web applications, content databases, index servers and even IIS settings. Full fidelity backup includes all metadata, securities, version histories, and customized layouts. Unique granular backup scheduling (via the business Criticality Matrix or the fully-customizable conventional scheduler) allows you to run your backup processes according to business needs or organizational timetables. It also automatically detects new SharePoint content and performs scheduled or on-demand full, incremental, and differential backups.
Quickly and easily recover all SharePoint components, databases, indexes, and configurations. Granular, item-level restores from DocAve or SQL Server backups via an intuitive timeline-based Restore Controller enables deft recovery of critical documents, site collections or sites, all able to be processed in a live SharePoint environment during normal business hours. Missing or corrupted information can be instantly restored directly to the original media. Accessible controls via a browser-based interface (integrated with Active Directory) allow designated administrators to monitor all SharePoint farms in the company's environment 24×7.
DocAve Backup and Recovery safeguards all SharePoint components regardless of where they reside and reduces complexity in any disaster recovery scenario. The elegant Web-based interface provides a holistic view of your entire SharePoint environment and offers a simplified point-and-click approach to selecting the components that need to be protected.
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