Best practices include tips and recommendations to help you effectively use Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft SharePoint (SharePoint Agent). For more information about the SharePoint Agent, see the Backup Exec Administrator's Guide.
The following best practices help you use the Agent for Microsoft SharePoint effectively:
Use an account that already exists in the SharePoint Farm Administrators Group for backup and restore jobs.
Make SharePoint backup selections from the appropriate SharePoint farm resource container in the list of servers on the Backup and Restore tab instead of selecting individual SharePoint servers. The SharePoint farm resource container represents the entire farm topology in your environment. When you select the SharePoint resources from the resource container, you ensure that you select all available SharePoint resources for backup.
Use the Backup Exec SQL Agent, in addition to the SharePoint farm resources, to back up the master, model, and msdb databases to fully protect each SQL instance for disaster recovery purposes.
Perform a backup of the SharePoint server after you install service packs or hot fixes. SharePoint restore jobs may not complete successfully if the databases were backed up with different patch levels.
Perform full system backups of the SharePoint servers, including System State, system volume, and any other volumes that contain SharePoint-related files and folders. When you make full system backups, you fully protect the entire SharePoint environment.
To restore individual items, ensure that Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) is enabled before you run backups. GRT is enabled by default for the SharePoint Agent. You can enable or disable GRT for SharePoint globally in the Backup Job Defaults dialog box or on the Backup Options dialog box for individual backup jobs.
To improve the performance of restore jobs, duplicate GRT-enabled backup sets on tape to disk storage first and then run the restore jobs from the disk-based backup sets. A staging location is not required to restore GRT-enabled data from a disk storage device.
Ensure that you use the same version of the Backup Exec Agent for Windows on all of the SharePoint resources.
Do not restore the SharePoint Configuration DB resource unless you are in a disaster recovery situation. To recover from a disaster, restore the database after you restore all of the other SharePoint databases, components, and applications.