Data Protection Manager in SharePoint 2013

by Robi 16. September 2016 16:42

Part 2 – Restoring Data

In my previous article, I described how to configure a DPM 2012 R2 protection group. Let me summarize the process:

  • We must install the DPM agent on the SharePoint Server
  • On the SharePoint server, we must enter the command ConfigureSharepoint.exe – EnableSharePointProtection
  • We must use the DPM server to configure/create a protection group, so the backing up of files on SharePoint servers can begin
  • DPM does not create backup copies of service applications
  • DPM creates only backup copies of content bases and configuration bases of data

Restoring Data


Restoring a Database

In the case of restoring a database, DPM gives us the option of restoring through an existing database on an SQL server, but we can also restore the database to any location of our choice.


Restoring an Element From a Database


Since DPM 2012, when we are restoring elements (lists, documents, …) from a database, it is no longer necessary to restore the whole database. Rather than that, we only extract the element we want to restore and return it to it's original place. This means that we no longer have to restore a 200GB database, if we are only looking for a 1MB file. With the help of »SharePoint Content Migration API's«, we only restore the desired element.


In some cases, we would like to restore element to a server farm that wasn't included in the backup. DPM 2012 has a solution for this problem too and can be used to restore to specially prepared farms.

The Process of Restoring a Document From a Backup

Choosing a Date to Restore an Element


To restore an element from a backup, we must have access to the DPM console. Depending on the policy of backup retention, it is also possible to set a restore date. In our case, the SharePoint backup retention is set to 5 days, so we can only choose one of the last 5 days as a retention date.



Searching for the Object to be Restored

In the lower part of the console, DPM 2012 allows us to select a database, from which we would like to resore data. DPM also allows us to drill down further into the database and the navigation to the object we are looking for.

Recovery Wizard

When you have the element selected in the DPM console, click on Recovery and an element recovery wizard opens.

In the recovery wizard we then have some additional options, which must be enabled for a successful restoration.

  • Select recovery type – in this step, we can define how an element should be restored. Do you want to restore it to it's original place or define an alternative location.
  • Select recovery process – allows you to select if the restore should use a recovery farm or not.
  • Specify temporary server – in this step, we are given a list of servers, from which we select the one that will actually restore the elements. We must select an SQL server and an instance on which the database will be restored. Additionally, we must select a disk, on which the DPM will deposit the database.
  • Specify staging location – in this stage, we select where the restored data should be temporarily deposited on the SharePoint server.
  • Specify recovery options – here we can determine, if the restored elements should also contain restored security settings. Additionally, we can define who should receive a notification, when the restoration process is completed.

After we exit the wizard, we can monitor the progress of restoration in the DPM control panel under the »Monitoring« category.

When the restoration process is finished, the element is shown in the target location.



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