Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Disaster Recovery Guide


Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Disaster Recovery Guide
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  • Design, implement, test, and execute solid disaster recovery plans for your SharePoint environment with this essential guide
  • Learn outofthebox backup and restore procedures
  • Implement a solid disaster recovery strategy for custom development environments
  • A quick handson guide to get familiar with procedures to secure your data

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 278 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2013
ISBN : 184968510X
ISBN 13 : 9781849685108
Author(s) : Peter Ward, Pavlo Andrushkiw, Peter Abreu, Pat Esposito, Jeff Gellman, Joel Plaut
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Planning and Key Concepts – What Not to Forget
Chapter 2: Creating, Testing, and Maintaining the DR Plan
Chapter 3: Physical Backup and Restore Procedures
Chapter 4: Virtual Environment Backup and Restore Procedures
Chapter 5: Central Administration and Other Native Backup and Restore Options
Chapter 6: Working with Data Sizing and Data Structure
Chapter 7: Disaster Recovery with Custom Development
Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery Techniques for End Users
Chapter 9: In the Clouds
Chapter 10: Where to Start
Appendix
Index
  • Chapter 1: Planning and Key Concepts – What Not to Forget
    • Identifying DR scenarios within SharePoint and its associated technology stack
    • Why disasters happen and what you can do to prevent them?
    • Success or failure
    • Inheriting a mission critical environment that has no DR plans
      • Worst case – loss of SharePoint environment without proper backups
    • Disaster Recovery – cost versus speed
      • Cold standby recovery
      • Warm standby recovery
      • Virtual warm standby environments
        • Hot standby recovery
      • Dedicated model
      • Shared model
      • Hybrid model
    • Thinking of interruptions and not disasters
    • Four major datacenter outages in 2012 that we can learn from
    • What is virtualization and how does it help with DR?
      • How does virtualization help with DR?
    • Supporting mixed environments more efficiently with virtualized disaster recovery
      • What about the cloud?
    • Building confidence and refining DR plans with frequent testing
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Creating, Testing, and Maintaining the DR Plan
      • Getting started
      • Identifying the components of your SharePoint environment
        • Physical architecture
          • Servers
          • Database
          • Network
        • Logical architecture
          • Web applications
          • Service accounts
          • Service applications
          • Apps
      • Identifying threats to your SharePoint environment
        • Physical architecture
          • Servers
          • Database
          • Network
      • Creating an effective DR plan
        • Identifying key stakeholders
          • IT
          • Business
        • Developing the plan
          • Defining recovery targets
          • Understanding costs
          • Virtualization
          • Service level agreements
          • Planning for recovery
          • Recovery resources
          • Establishing and documenting your recovery procedures
        • Defining success criteria
        • Reviewing the plan
      • Testing your DR plan
        • Planning your test
        • Determining your test scopes
        • Performing the test
        • Analyzing the results
      • Maintaining your DR plan
      • Further reading
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Physical Backup and Restore Procedures
        • Windows Server 2012
          • System state data backup
          • Partitioning of data
        • System database backup and restore
          • Backing up DB using SQL Server Management Studio
          • Backing up DB using PowerShell
          • Restoring master DB with SQL Server Management Studio
          • Restoring master DB with PowerShell
        • Non-SharePoint database backup and restore
          • Backing up DB with SQL Server Management Studio
          • Backing up DB with PowerShell
          • Restore
            • Restoring master DB with SQL Server Management Studio
            • Restoring DB with PowerShell
        • Point in time backup and restore
          • Backing up DB in SQL Server Management Studio with SQL statements
          • Backing up SQL DB with PowerShell
          • Restoring DB in SQL Server Management Studio with SQL statements
          • Restoring SQL Server DB with PowerShell
      • Advanced backup techniques
        • Backing up large databases
          • Backup farm and SQL combined with PowerShell
        • Speeding up SQL Server backups
          • A PowerShell script that backs up and speeds up the SQL Server backup
        • Restoring databases with a different name
          • PowerShell script to restore a database with a different name
      • Further reading
      • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Central Administration and Other Native Backup and Restore Options
            • Farm backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Farm configuration backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Web application backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Service application backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Content database backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Restore using unattached content databases
              • Back up and restore using SQL Server tools
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Customizations backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using the Central Administration GUI
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Site collection backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Apps backup and restore
              • Backup
              • Restore
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Sites, lists, and libraries – backup and restore
              • Back up using the Central Administration GUI
              • Back up using PowerShell
              • Restore using PowerShell
              • SharePoint templates
              • Caveats and considerations
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Working with Data Sizing and Data Structure
              • Understanding data sizing architectural choices for DR
                • Key SharePoint limits to consider with DR
                  • Content database size
                  • Managing content database growth
              • DR impact of design decisions
                • Establishing conventions
                  • Database naming
                • DR with a multiserver farm
                  • Challenges with multiple servers
                  • SQL aliases
                  • Content database size targets
                  • Plan before going live
                • Major oversights
                  • Content dependencies
                  • Managing content dependencies
                  • RBS
                  • BlobCache
                  • SharePoint_Config
              • Getting a handle on a farm
                • Size of all SharePoint databases
                • RBS report
                • Site collection size report
                • Quota report
            • Managing growth
              • Setting quotas
              • Rebalancing content databases
              • Restricting version retention
              • Backup and restore plan
              • Tiering the recovery plan
            • Architecting data in SharePoint with DR in mind
              • Recovery and restore
            • Further reading
            • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Disaster Recovery with Custom Development
                • The basics
                • The 3 Cs of SharePoint Development
                • Accounting for things
                • Change Management and SharePoint
                  • The standard
                  • Source code control
                  • The software development life cycle
                  • How to use supporting farms
                  • Developing configuration dependencies needed for your solution
                • SharePoint 2013 App Development Model
                  • JavaScript and jQuery – where do they go?
                • Designing with Disaster Recovery in mind
                • Using the DR site for testing
                  • Here is a start for your standard
                  • The hive
                • Pulling it all together
                • The role of the developer during recovery
              • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery Techniques for End Users
                  • Why is end user DR training often forgotten?
                  • Useful end user DR practices
                    • Recycle bins
                      • Increase the site recycle bin retention time
                    • Checked in but not published
                    • Permission
                    • Users can't remember where their file is saved
                    • Version control
                    • SkyDrive Pro
                  • Managing end user expectations
                  • Training
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: In the Clouds
                    • DR – on-premise versus cloud
                    • DR – cloud versus cloud-native
                    • Common concerns regarding cloud DR
                    • Cloud responsibility
                    • General approaches to cloud DR
                    • Amazon Web Services and HA/DR
                      • Global Infrastructure – regions and availability zones
                      • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
                      • Amazon Elastic Block Store
                      • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
                      • Elastic Load Balancing
                      • Amazon Route 53
                      • Additional AWS Services for DR
                    • Windows Azure and HA/DR
                      • Global infrastructure – datacenters and traffic manager
                      • Virtual network
                      • Virtual machines
                      • Load balancing
                      • Storage
                      • Hyper-V Recovery Manager
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Where to Start
                      • How to get my organization moving in the right direction
                      • How to sell DR to senior management
                      • I feel the SharePoint end users don't care about SharePoint DR. Is this true?
                        • Why was I not told?
                        • The word "disaster" is not understood
                        • At times I can be the last to know of a business activity with SharePoint
                      • I have written the DR plan but will it work?
                      • What are the key skills that are required for a DR plan to work?
                      • How do you write up the perfect DR documentation?
                        • What should consist in the structure of good technical documentation?
                          • Outline
                          • Content
                          • Graphics
                          • Review
                          • Distribution
                      • Can this whole process be outsourced to an external party?
                        • Can implementing a DR strategy really help my career?
                        • What methods should I use to keep upper management informed on the DR Program?
                      • Further reading
                      • Summary
                      • Appendix
                        • Worst and best practices
                          • We can snapshot our servers
                          • The DIY Approach
                          • We have a production SharePoint Farm
                          • Our DR servers can be undersized
                          • Oversights in a DR recovery plan
                          • Invalid testing
                          • No failback plan
                        • Horror stories that the authors have witnessed
                          • Backups only
                          • Pixar's near loss of Toy Story 2
                          • SharePoint backup encrypted
                          • Solution retraction caused web application failure
                        • How and why assumptions can sink a DR plan
                          • Small changes still have the ability to prevent Central Administration from coming up
                        • Real-world scenarios for consideration
                          • User overwrites a file
                          • The feature retract failure
                          • Restore a service application
                          • Restore wipes key drive information
                          • Service application DBs
                          • Search out of date on restore
                          • Non-SharePoint
                          • Servers in sync
                          • IIS
                          • Doomsday DR
                          • Tools for consideration
                        • Useful references
                        • Naming conventions

                        Peter Ward

                        Peter Ward has worked with collaboration technology for over 20 years and is the founder of Soho Dragon Solutions, a New York based SharePoint consultancy. He has worked with some of the largest and most profitable companies in the USA, but also with the small ones that he calls the "Fortune 5,000,000". This is his fourth co-authored SharePoint book, the other three being Microsoft SharePoint 2010 End User Guide: Business Performance Enhancement, Workflow in SharePoint 2010: Real World Business Workflow Solutions, and Microsoft SharePoint for Business Executives: Q&A Handbook. He has been a software guy forever, but is not much of a gadgeteer. In fact, he's probably a late adopter. He teaches yoga part-time in NYC and likes to serve up the perfect vegetarian dish.

                        Pavlo Andrushkiw

                        Pavlo Andrushkiw has spent nearly a decade in the Microsoft space delivering complex infrastructure solutions to a plethora of clients in various verticals. He currently works as the chief cloud architect for a major cloud services provider, migrating and deploying complex production environments for enterprise clients into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. This is his second co-authored SharePoint book, the first being Microsoft SharePoint for Business Executives: Q&A Handbook.

                        Peter Abreu

                        Peter Abreu is an Enterprise, SharePoint, and Cloud Architect, with extensive experience architecting SharePoint 2007, 2010, and 2013 solutions on the cloud or on premises. He is a frequent speaker at user groups, and has just done an all-day session at the SharePoint Best Practice Conference in DC. He was also a contributing author on the new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrators Companion book for Microsoft Press. In his spare time, he enjoys studying for new certifications, learning new technologies, and most of all spending time with his family. He lives in the Washington D.C metro area.

                        Pat Esposito

                        Pat Esposito is the founder and CEO of IMPACT Management, a Microsoft partner based in Long Island, New York. He has been working with SharePoint technologies since the initial 2001 release. Together with his partners, IMPACT aim's to "just make SharePoint easy". In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, searching for the ultimate inexpensive wine or just cruising on his Harley Davidson.

                        Jeff Gellman

                        Jeff Gellman is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) in Microsoft SharePoint and has over 12 years of experience with SharePoint going all the way back to the days of Tahoe. He has worked in all aspects of SharePoint projects including architecture, development, branding, infrastructure, disaster recovery, governance, backup and restore, migration and upgrade, and various third-party tools and utilities. With over 25 years of IT consulting experience, he has been involved in many projects over the years, for companies of all sizes, in roles ranging from developer to project manager with many of these projects having a heavy concentration on Microsoft technologies. He is a member of the Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist Program (VTSP) and is a frequent speaker at events such as SharePoint Saturday. In his spare time Jeff enjoys photography, listening to music, going to concerts, and watching and going to sporting events.

                        Joel Plaut

                        Joel Plaut is a SharePoint consultant working with SharePoint since the SP2001 in a wide range of enterprises, with a focus on everything SharePoint, including MS-Project Server. His solutions encompass a range of technologies and disciplines, including PowerShell, .NET, Event Receivers, CAML, SQL, XSLT, XML, XPath, Web Services, C#, InfoPath, Workflows, SharePoint Designer but more importantly real world solutions to Document Management, Records Management, Migration to SharePoint, Upgrades, Content Management, Business Processes, Records Management, Search, Enterprise Taxonomy using Managed metadata Services, Content Syndication, and Portals. His recent efforts include Excel Services, Business Connectivity Services, Managed Metadata Services, Business Intelligence, and wrestling diverse and chaotic farms into a modicum of structure with the gentle and appropriate application of governance and rational design based on applied Information Architecture. He is a guitarist, skier, and all around MacGyver known for improvising a fix for almost anything with what is at hand, whether a toothpick or a French fry.
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Learn why disaster recovery is a struggle to understand and implement
                        • Learn how to support optimized application recovery times with tiered service levels
                        • Inherit a missioncritical environment that has no disaster recoveryplans
                        • Get familiar with backup and restore procedures that are available to an administrator as well as the pros and cons of each
                        • Learn about Disaster recovery in regards to virtualization and the cloud
                        • Architect data in SharePoint with disaster recovery in mind
                        • Build confidence and refine disaster recovery plans with more frequent testing
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                        In Detail

                        Where does it all go wrong with disaster recovery? Yes, why a disaster recovery plan fails the business and costs IT staff their jobs or a promotion? This book is an easytounderstand guide that explains how to get it right and why it often goes wrong.

                        Given that Microsoft's SharePoint platform has become a missioncritical application where business operations just cannot run without complete uptime of this technology, disaster recovery is one of the most important topics when it comes to SharePoint. Yet, support and an appropriate approach for this technology are still difficult to come by, and are often vulnerable to technical oversight and assumptions.

                        Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Disaster Recovery Guide looks at SharePoint disaster recovery and breaks down the mystery and confusion that surrounds what is a vital activity to any technical deployment. This book provides a holistic approach with practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of the new 2013 functionality and cloud technologies.

                        You will also learn how to plan, test, and deploy a disaster recovery environment using SharePoint, Windows Server, and SQL tools. We will also take a look at datasets and custom development. If you want to have an approach to disaster recovery that gives you peace of mind, then this is the book for you.

                        Approach

                        The style and approach of the book is an easytoread SharePoint admin guide. This is not a stepbystep instruction book, but rather a guide on how to implement and execute a disaster recovery plan to your SharePoint environment.

                        Who this book is for

                        This book is great for both SharePoint and SQL administrators new to the SharePoint 2013 architecture, and who are looking to get a good grounding in how to use implement a solid disaster recoveryrecovery plan. It's assumed that you have some experience in SharePoint and Windows Server and, as well be familiar with SQL.

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