Protect your SharePoint 2010 data with Data Protector 6.2

Posted by Shari Cravens on behalf of Marc Fisseler
Marc is a worldwide Technical Consultant in the Information Management TIC (Technology Intelligence Center) team responsible for Data Protector and Data Protector for PCs.


In order to fulfill the different needs for the various Microsoft SharePoint farm setups HP is providing two backup and restore solutions to protect you SharePoint 2010 data. These solutions are:

  • Data Protector SharePoint VSS based solution and;
  • Data Protector SharePoint 2007/2010 Integration

The backup and restore granularity for both solutions is on the SharePoint database level. In order to get a more granular restore you may optionally use the Data Protector Granular Recovery Extension for SharePoint. This extension provides, as the name indicates, a more granular recovery down to a single SharePoint item like a document or calendar task. It also enables the SharePoint administrator to perform the recovery task.

  Which solution or combination of solutions should be chosen?

Data Protector SharePoint 2007/2010 Integration provides easy GUI based backup configuration and many restore options like redirected restore of databases and web applications. Data Protector SharePoint VSS based solution provides full farm protection including all SharePoint 2010 service applications and the option to run a VSS based ZDB backup and restore.


To decide between the Data Protector SharePoint VSS based solution or the Data Protector SharePoint 2007/2010 Integration you should know your SharePoint environment and you should have decided if you want to use the Data Protector ZDB backup and restore.


In order to get the best out of these two backup and restore options you may combine both solutions into one solution, the Hybrid.


If you are used to Data Protector the combination is quite easy, you just run the Data Protector VSS based solution as a post-exec of the Data Protector SharePoint 2007/2010 Integration. This hybrid solution provides all features of the two different solutions.


For more technical details on how to use the two different Data Protector SharePoint backup and restore solutions and how to build the Hybrid view our whitepaper  “HP Data Protector best practices for backing up and restoring Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010”. The whitepaper also discusses the different backup and restore features of the two solutions.


In order to run a granular recovery with Data Protector Granular Recovery Extension for SharePoint it doesn’t matter which option you used to run a backup of your SharePoint farm, you just need to have a backup of your SharePoint content databases. This content database backup is used by Data Protector GRE for SharePoint to recover single items and allows you to recover to the original location or to redirect your recovery to a new location.

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