SharePoint Backup and Recovery–Improvements

SharePoint 2007 has two important new features for backup and recovery:

  • The Recycle Bin. This catches deleted items and containers, such as lists and document libraries. The big advantage here is a substantial reduction in help desk calls. The main disadvantage is that it’s just a recycle bin, and not a full backup and recovery system.
  • A new Web-based tool that provides for entire system backups, and the restoration of information from the backups. This includes full and differential backups, and content can be restored to another SharePoint virtual server. However, there’s no native scheduling, and the backup granularity is limited.

These are substantial improvements over SharePoint 2003. Expect continued improvements from Microsoft over the next few years; meantime, look to third parties such as Quest to provide solutions.

David Ferris

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