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Old October 10th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Default Item-Level backup and recovery


My company has recently decided to adopt SharePoint as our document management platform and I'm part of a team that has been assigned for the backup/restore/disaster recovery aspect for the implementation.

I've been backing up the entire database and can recover that fine in simulated disaster scenarios, but I'm having trouble getting my head around more granular restores. The inability to recover single documents has really been a drag in our implementation schedule. I've found ways to manual re-upload the file but that loses all the original document versions and meta data :(

What are the best pratices for recovering individual subsites and documents? Can SharePoint do this out of box? Does anybody have any suggestions for 3rd party?

Any info is GREATLY appreciated!

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Check out AvePoint (http://www.avepoint.com/), CommVault )http://www.commvault.com/) and Webfox (http://www.webfox.ca/) - they all offer item level backup. AvePoint is my personal favourite for an easy GUI, but it uses MySQL and Tomcat which aren't everyone's favourite. Also the pricing is a bit steep for AvePoint.

Webfox pricing is pretty tempting though... :)

Hope this helps.

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Hi Willy24/tonttu,

I agree with tonttu, I have evaluated all three companies as well and found Avepoint to be my favorite. Due to Avepoint's steep pricing I was starting to seriously consider Webfox despite its much inferior features and functionalities. Then I found out about Avepoint's small business edition that is only 900 bucks which fit my budget perfectly. I have been pretty happy with it the past few months.

I suggest evaluating them on your own because everyone's environment is obviously not the same as mine. But if I had the budget I would have definetely gone for the full edition of Avepoint. Hope this helps!


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Without starting another item in this forum, I am now assigned the task of backup/restore for Sharepoint 2007 (MOSS) and WSS 3.0. Does anyone have an updated comment on 3rd party backup/restore products for Sharepoint other than already mentioned previously in this forum ?

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