Recommendations for data protection and recovery (Windows SharePoint Services)

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0


Topic Last Modified: 2009-04-15

A system-wide strategy for data protection and recovery should encompass the plans you have created for the sites and Web applications in your farm and address the specific scenarios you support.

Steps in the planning process include:

  • Analyze and summarize the data protection and recovery needs of the sites that support your business scenarios.

  • Select tools that enable you to simplify maintenance and administration.

  • Decide whether you will perform farm-level backups. Many administrators will perform farm-level backups, but your farm might be too large to back up in your maintenance window. Moreover, there might be portions of the farm that aren't important to your business. Therefore, you might plan to reassemble your farm from lower-level backups.

  • Determine whether your availability infrastructure provides enough protection to reduce the quantity of or the levels of backups. Some administrators choose to protect their data with only availability tools.

For more information about availability, see Plan for redundancy (Windows SharePoint Services).

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