Veritas NetBackup™ for Microsoft SharePoint Server Administrator's Guide

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  1. Introducing NetBackup for SharePoint Server
    1.  
      About NetBackup for SharePoint Server
    2.  
      Features of NetBackup for SharePoint
    3.  
      SharePoint Server backup operations
    4.  
      About the contents of a SharePoint Server backup and a SharePoint Foundation backup
    5.  
      SharePoint Server restore operations
    6.  
      Limitations on SharePoint Server backups and restores
    7.  
      NetBackup File System Daemon
  2. Installing NetBackup for SharePoint Server
    1.  
      Planning the installation of NetBackup for SharePoint
    2.  
      Verifying the operating system and platform compatibility
    3.  
      NetBackup server and client requirements
    4.  
      SharePoint server software requirements
    5.  
      Requirements for installing the SQL Server back-end servers in a cluster
    6.  
      About the license for NetBackup for SharePoint
  3. Installing and configuring NFS for SharePoint Granular Recovery
    1.  
      About installing and configuring Network File System (NFS) for SharePoint Granular Recovery
    2.  
      Requirements for SharePoint Granular Recovery
    3.  
      Configurations that are supported for SharePoint Granular Recovery
    4. About configuring Services for Network File System (NFS) on Windows 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016
      1.  
        Enabling Services for Network File System (NFS) on a Windows 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 media server
      2.  
        Enabling Services for Network File System (NFS) on a Windows 2012, 2012 R2, or 2016 client
    5. About configuring Services for Network File System (NFS) on Windows 2008 and 2008 R2
      1.  
        Enabling Services for Network File System (NFS) on Windows 2008 or 2008 R2
      2.  
        Disabling the Client for NFS on the media server
      3.  
        Disabling the Server for NFS
    6.  
      Configuring a UNIX media server and Windows clients for backups and restores that use Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
    7.  
      Configuring a different network port for NBFSD
  4. Configuring NetBackup for SharePoint Server
    1.  
      About configuring NetBackup for SharePoint
    2.  
      About a SharePoint non-granular backup vs. a backup that uses Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
    3. Configuring a SharePoint backup that uses Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
      1.  
        Disk storage units supported with SharePoint Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
      2.  
        Limitations and conditions for restores that use SharePoint Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
    4.  
      Configuring the logon account for the NetBackup Client Service for NetBackup for SharePoint
    5.  
      Configuring the logon account for the NetBackup Legacy Network Service for NetBackup for SharePoint
    6. Configuring SharePoint client host properties
      1.  
        SharePoint properties
      2.  
        Specifying the account that logs on to the SharePoint application server
      3.  
        Configuring local security privileges for the SharePoint Servers
      4.  
        Performing consistency checks with NetBackup for SharePoint backups
      5.  
        Consistency check options for SharePoint Server
    7.  
      Configuring mappings for restores of a distributed application, cluster, or virtual machine
    8.  
      Reviewing the auto-discovered mappings in Host Management
    9.  
      Performing a manual backup
  5. Configuring NetBackup for SharePoint backup policies
    1.  
      About backup policies for granular backup and recovery of SharePoint Server
    2.  
      About backup policies for SharePoint farm backup and recovery
    3.  
      About backup policies for disaster recovery of SharePoint Server
    4.  
      About VMware backup policies that protect SharePoint Server
    5. About configuring a backup policy for SharePoint
      1.  
        Adding a new NetBackup for SharePoint policy
      2.  
        About policy attributes
      3. Adding schedules to a NetBackup for SharePoint policy
        1.  
          About schedule properties
        2.  
          NetBackup for SharePoint Server backup types
      4.  
        Adding clients to a policy
      5. Creating a backup selections list for a SharePoint Server policy
        1.  
          Performing SharePoint backups with multiple data streams
        2.  
          Using wildcards in a SharePoint backup selections list
      6.  
        Configuring exclude lists for SharePoint clients
  6. Performing backups and restores of SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
    1. About user-directed backups of SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
      1.  
        Specifying the server and client for a SharePoint Server backup operation
      2.  
        About backup options for NetBackup for SharePoint
      3.  
        Performing a user-directed backup of SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
    2. About restores of SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
      1.  
        Specifying the server, client, and the policy type for a SharePoint Server restore operation
      2.  
        Restore options for SharePoint Server on the Microsoft SharePoint tab
      3.  
        Restore options for SharePoint Server on the General tab
      4.  
        How the NetBackup Recovery Assistant restores SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
      5.  
        Restoring SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation
      6.  
        Restoring the SharePoint Search Service Application
      7.  
        About requirements for restores of individual SharePoint items using Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
      8.  
        Restoring individual SharePoint items from full database backups
      9.  
        Recovering a SharePoint Web application in a farm with multiple front-end servers
      10.  
        Restoring a deleted SharePoint list
      11.  
        Redirecting a restore of a SharePoint web application within a farm
      12.  
        Redirecting a restore of a SharePoint Web application to another farm
      13.  
        Redirecting the restore of a SharePoint Server Web application content database to an alternate SQL instance
      14.  
        Redirecting individual SharePoint items to a file path (SharePoint 2010)
  7. Protecting SharePoint Server data with VMware backups
    1. About protecting SharePoint Server data with VMware backups
      1.  
        About the Veritas VSS provider for vSphere
      2.  
        Support and requirements for VMware backups that protect SharePoint Server
      3.  
        Limitations of using a VMware policy to protect SharePoint Server
    2. About configuring a VMware backup that protects SharePoint Server
      1.  
        Installing the Veritas VSS provider for vSphere
      2.  
        Configuring a VMware backup policy to protect SharePoint Server
      3.  
        Configuring the granular proxy host for Federated SharePoint configurations with VMware
    3.  
      Restoring SharePoint data from a VMware backup
  8. Disaster recovery
    1.  
      About disaster recovery of a SharePoint Server
    2.  
      Requirements for disaster recovery of a SharePoint Server
    3.  
      Recovering a SharePoint server (without BMR)
  9. Troubleshooting
    1. About NetBackup for SharePoint debug logging
      1.  
        Enabling the debug logs for a NetBackup for SharePoint client automatically
      2.  
        Enabling the debug logging for NetBackup for SharePoint manually
      3.  
        Setting the debug level on a NetBackup for SharePoint Windows client
      4.  
        Veritas VSS provider logs
    2. About NetBackup status reports
      1.  
        Viewing the progress report of a NetBackup for SharePoint operation
    3.  
      Restores to different SharePoint service pack or different cumulative update levels
    4.  
      Modified system files or ghost files are not cataloged or restored during a site collection restore
    5.  
      Troubleshooting SharePoint jobs that use Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)
    6.  
      About troubleshooting SharePoint restore operations
    7.  
      About NetBackup for SharePoint and client-side deduplication
    8.  
      Troubleshooting VMware backups and restores of SharePoint Server

Features of NetBackup for SharePoint

Table: NetBackup for SharePoint Agent features describes the features for the NetBackup for SharePoint Agent.

Table: NetBackup for SharePoint Agent features

Feature

Description

Online backup

SharePoint Server objects can be backed up without taking the SharePoint Server offline. SharePoint services and data are available during the backup.

SharePoint Server backup methods

NetBackup supports full and differential-incremental backups of SharePoint.

Tight NetBackup integration

Tight integration with NetBackup means the following:

  • An administrator already familiar with NetBackup procedures and software can easily configure and use NetBackup to perform SharePoint Server backup and restore operations.

  • Features and strengths of the NetBackup product suite are available to the SharePoint Server backup user. These features include scheduled and user-directed operations, backups of multiple data streams, and in-line tape copy. These features are described in detail.

    See the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I.

Central administration

You can administer the backup and recovery of multiple SharePoint Server installations from a central location.

Media management

SharePoint Server backups are saved directly to a wide variety of storage devices that NetBackup supports.

Automated backups

Administrators can set up schedules for automatic, unattended backups for local or remote clients across the network. These backups are managed entirely by the NetBackup server from a central location. The administrator can also manually back up the clients. Auto discovery is used for SharePoint Server installations. The topology is read from the SharePoint front-end Web server and the backup selection list is automatically built.

User-directed backups

A user can perform backups of SharePoint Server resources through the Backup, Archive, and Restore client interface on the front-end Web server.

Backups and restores of standalone SharePoint Foundation or Windows SharePoint Services (WSS)

NetBackup can back up and restore standalone installations of SharePoint Foundation or Windows SharePoint Services.

Support for VMware backups that protect SharePoint

VMware backups that protect SharePoint Server provide granular recovery, complete protection of the farm, and protection of the SharePoint components in the Windows files system.

Compression of backups

Compression increases backup performance over the network and reduces the size of the backup image that is stored on the disk or tape. NetBackup does not support compression of the backups that use Granular Recovery Technology (GRT).

Encryption

When the Encryption attribute is enabled, the server encrypts the backup for the clients that are listed in the policy. NetBackup does not support encryption of any backups that use GRT.

Restore operations

An administrator who uses the Backup, Archive, and Restore interface can browse SharePoint Server backups and select the ones to restore.

Support for NetBackup Accelerator with VMware backups

NetBackup Accelerator can reduce by up to 90% the time it takes to perform a VMware backup that protects SharePoint. By reducing the backup time, it is easier to perform the VMware backup within the backup window. Accelerator support for SharePoint currently restricts backups to the full schedule type. This restriction also exists for a VMware backup that protects SharePoint without Accelerator.

Restores of individual items and document sets using Granular Recovery Technology (GRT)

When a backup uses GRT, users can restore individual lists, items, and documents sets directly from any full database backup of a Web application. This feature adds an extra step that identifies the items within the database. This step lets you recover individual items later. (Note that you must create a separate backup for the full farm.)

Support for claims-based authentication

Claims-based authentication (CBA) is now supported for web applications in SharePoint. The following providers are supported:

  • Windows authentication (LDAP)

  • Facebook

  • LinkedIn

  • Live Id

  • Forms-based authentication (FBA), using SQL Server

  • ADFS 2.0

Redirected restore

You can redirect the restore of the following:

  • SharePoint web application within a farm.

  • SharePoint web application to another farm.

  • (SharePoint 2010) Individual SharePoint documents and pictures to a file path or UNC path on the same site.

  • SharePoint Content database to another SQL instance, to take advantage of data recovery from an unattached content database.

Multi-tenant environments

Backup and recovery of SharePoint Server databases are fully supported in a multi-tenant environment. NetBackup does not support GRT with Microsoft SharePoint Server backups in a multi-tenant SharePoint environment.

Support for any backups that were created with previous NetBackup versions

You can restore the backups that were created with previous versions of NetBackup, for example, 8.0. However, NetBackup 8.1 and later features are not supported with any backups that were created with previous versions.