SharePoint Backup & Recovery Boot Camp: Week 1

SharePoint Backup & Recovery Boot Camp: Week 1

By Paul LaPorte | July 31, 2015

Something is going to go wrong. It always does. So here at Backup & Recovery Boot Camp, we treat recovery as “When” and not “If.”

Welcome to Backup & Recovery Boot Camp for SharePoint, Week 1.

During Boot Camp, a series of weekly blogs, you’ll learn everything from basic skills through advanced topics on all things related to backing up and recovering your SharePoint environment. Each week, we’ll tackle a new topic--building critical knowledge and instilling a recovery-first mindset that will carry you through even the toughest situations.

Week 1: Why Backup?

It’s Week 1, so we start at the beginning. Why do we take backups?

Most of the time, we take backups because we are expected to. Then we promptly toss them in an electronic heap somewhere, never to be seen again. It’s like the gym membership you pay for month after month, in the hopes that one day you will get around to going.

If this is reality for your backups, then chances are your backups are useless digital relics that won’t work when needed.

When taking backups is viewed as a chore, with no real value, we get lax. We don’t check backups to make sure they completed successfully. We stop worrying about how long it takes, or if the backup frequency is sufficient to meet recovery point objectives. If we get an alert that a backup process failed, we’ll take a look and investigate when we have more time.

Backups should be treated with more care and respect: as a critical process for a healthy and high performing SharePoint environment.

We leverage backups to recreate the state of the system and data at a previous point in time. The ability to backtrack enables us to undo mistakes or data corruption. It also enables us to rebuild an environment or a system that failed.

A backup is one of the cornerstones of recovery success. Why do we take backups? So we can successfully recover when (not if) a recovery is required.

Can you handle the truth? Ask yourself this:

  1. Why do I take backups?
  2. Did I confirm that my most recent backup was successful?
  3. How long did my last full backup take to complete?

See you front and center at the next Boot Camp!

Until then, stay sharp:


Paul LaPorte

Paul LaPorte is an expert in business continuity, disaster recovery and security. He is Director of Product Marketing for Backup and Storage products at Metalogix, and previously served as Principle Strategist for Continuity Research, and as a senior executive of Evergreen Assurance, a pioneer in real-time disaster recovery for mission critical applications.

Written By: Paul LaPorte

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