Protecting and recovering data for a site (Office SharePoint Server)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14

Most Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites should follow a similar data protection and recovery strategy. This topic provides basic recommendations for protecting and recovering data for collaboration sites, workspaces, portal sites, document centers, and Internet publishing sites.


  • **Content versioning   **Recommended. Be sure to provide site owners with a clear understanding of the amount of space available relative to the number of versions, and work with site owners to ensure that they actively monitor and manage sites that have versioning turned on.

  • **Database snapshot   **Not recommended. We recommend that you use database snapshots for only environments in which you want to protect the look and feel of a site as versions change over time.

Deletion protection

  • **Recycle Bin   **Recommended. We strongly recommend that you enable users to recover deleted items.

  • Site capture   Recommended. We strongly recommend that you protect all sites against accidental deletion.

Backup and recovery

Plan to back up your sites regularly. Use the tool that best meets your needs. For more information, see Choose backup and recovery tools (Office SharePoint Server).

If you are using built-in backup and recovery tools, plan to back up at least at the content database level.

How often you back up a site depends on amount of change to the site and the service level agreement you have in place.

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