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Well-planted SharePoint 2010 backup strategy could help save the farm
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of August 2012
SharePoint includes so many different components that it is sometimes difficult to determine what needs to be incorporated in a SharePoint 2010 backup strategy. Part of the reason for this is that many different types of backups can be done for the enterprise collaboration platform. For example, SharePoint 2010 can be backed up at the server farm, application and database levels. There are also numerous other categories of backup procedures intended to duplicate individual aspects of SharePoint such as searches or customizations. Of all the individual backup techniques that can be used when planning for the worst, one of the easier ones to tackle is that of backing up a SharePoint farm. A farm backup is a simple process that can, in fact, be completed using a single PowerShell command: Backup-SPFarm –Directory
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