Are you using Microsoft’s SharePoint for document management? We are, and so is the CIA (the government goes “Web 2.0″). Follow the link below for tips, tricks, and instruction on using SharePoint’s built in tools for backup and recovery!
Keep in mind:
- SharePoint has a built in backup tool, but it doesn’t get all of the data
- Backing up the SQL database that SharePoint is stored in helps, but you need a full version of SQL server
- Store your backups away from the primary SharePoint data repository
- SharePoint backups retain the security info, so make sure that your backup is running from a server that can authenticate via the same method on the same network
This tutorial is really good, and includes screenshots of SharePoint’s backup tools. We’d recommend layering your backup plans and policies by using the built in application tools, as well as advance storage management to keep a complete, and safe backup. Use SAN based replication, and mirroring to complete your plan. Also look for integrated tools, that are application aware, like snapshot agents, to maintain data integrity.