Thursday, March 5, 2009

Backup and Restore option

This is one of the most common questions asked. What are my options for backup and restore.

Solution ( Out of Box ):
1. Central Administration - Smallest unit that can be backed up is Web Application

2. STSADM - Smallest unit that can be backed up is site collection, max size limit 100MB

3. SQL Server - Easy to script , smallest unit that can be backed up is database.

4. Codeplex - Usually there are some options there , but dont forget to read issues before you download.

5. SharePoint Designer - it's free now and good for smaller sites ( 25 MB ).

Solutions ( Third Party ):
1. Microsoft Data Protection Manager

2. Avepoint Their tool is designed to accommodate the sharepoint related task such as backup and restore from site level to document level. You can also set up disaster recovery plan and migration from one platform to another easily.

3. Tzunami - Cheaper than AvePoint , not that bad.

4. Quest Software