When the SharePoint backup completes, the corresponding backup files are placed on the file system in the designated path. If you're familiar with SharePoint Portal Data Backup and Restore, you'll notice that the collection of files is very different. Figure 7.5 shows an example backup file collection. There are two main pieces. One is the spbrtoc.xml (SharePoint Backup Restore Table of Contents) file. The other is the folder that contains all the backup data for that particular backup.
Figure 7.5 The SharePoint backups are organized in the spbrtoc.xml file, while each backup instance gets its own sequentially numbered folder. (Click on image for enlarged view.)
Let's take a closer look at how SharePoint manages the backup data. First, Figure 7.6 shows the contents of the spbrtoc.xml file. You'll notice that the information maps very closely to the diagnostics shown at the conclusion of the backup process.
The spbackup.xml file contains all the parameters and attributes needed to perform SharePoint backup and restore actions. Figure 7.8 shows a sample xml file. The top section, SPGlobalInformation, contains data on the executed backup. It maps very closely to the data stored in the top-level xml file. The subsequent nodes under SPBackupNode map to specific components selected using the Backup interface. This file provides a road map for the potential restore of SharePoint data. Notice that unlike the manifest file used in the previous version of SharePoint Portal Server, this xml file contains no specific references to portal URLs or database servers. This makes it easier to use these files, unaltered, to restore SharePoint on different servers.
WARNING: Do not modify the spbackup.xml file. Doing so can corrupt your backup and/or your restored farm in an unrecoverable manner.
SHAREPOINT SERVER 2007 BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY TUTORIAL
Part 1: Creating a Microsoft SharePoint disaster recovery operations document
Part 2: Understanding Microsoft SharePoint Server backup and restore options
Part 3: Using the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 backup tool
Part 4: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 backup files
Part 5: Using the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 restore utility
Part 6: Scheduling a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 backup
Part 7: What's not covered by a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 backup
|This chapter excerpt from Essential SharePoint 2007, by Scott Jamison, Mauro Cardarelli, and Susan Hanley, is printed with permission from Addison-Wesley Professional, Copyright 2007.|
This was first published in October 2007