Be Prepared: A Guide to SharePoint Disaster Prevention and Recovery

This is a very useful article from Jeff Centimano, a Windows Server MVP and Principal Consultant for a Microsoft Golden Partner. 

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003 are rapidly gaining popularity with companies of all sizes. WSS is installed by default with Small Business Server 2003, and it is available as a download for Windows Server 2003. SharePoint® is being used to host vast amounts of shared resources. With the widespread use of these technologies, it is important to have a good knowledge of the disaster recovery procedures in case of unexpected events.

The SharePoint brand began with SharePoint Team Services 1.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2001. These products used different storage technologies, requiring separate disaster recovery methods. SharePoint Team Services relied on Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE), while SharePoint Portal Server 2001 used a customized version of the Microsoft Exchange Server Jet database engine. Although these storage technologies were adequate for the first version of each product, they did not allow SharePoint to scale out to support distributed environments.

Microsoft shifted gears for the second wave of SharePoint products, opting for SQL Server database technologies across the board. This decision allowed SharePoint products to scale from small servers using the updated Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (Windows) (WMSDE), to large server farms using back-end SQL Server clusters. Additionally, the unified storage technology allowed customers to focus their disaster recovery efforts around a single product. However, even with this unified storage in place, SharePoint disaster prevention and recovery is still a complicated topic. In this article, I explore the tools and processes necessary to recover from the most common problems you may encounter in your SharePoint environment.

You can find the article here.

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