Data Protection Manager 2012 incompatible with SharePoint 2010 + SQL Server 2005

Problem When you try to back up a SharePoint 2010 farm running SQL Server 2005 with DPM 2012. DPM is unable to backup the farm and consistently reports that the ‘Replica is inconsistent’. Symptoms of the problem: DPM Agent logs on the SharePoint WFE (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM\Temp\WssCmdletsWrapperCurr.errlog) 2.810 31 WssSqlAliasHelper.cs(375) NORMAL Getting SPDatabase […]

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Powershell script to backup farm configuration and service applications

Requirement We use Data Protection Manager 2010 in our environment to backup our content databases. Unfortunately, DPM cannot properly back up farm configuration and service applications in SharePoint 2010. See the following links for more information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428318.aspx – Backing up Service Applications http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428320 – Backing up Farm Configuration I decided to with a PowerShell script approach to backing up […]

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Backup-SPSite causes Site Collection to be read-only

Problem Encountered an issue today where a site collection was backed up using the Backup-SPSite command in PowerShell. Midway, the backup had to be cancelled. Everything seemed to work fine for about 10 mins then it exploded, the entire site became read-only. Checking the database status in Central Administration, the Read-only flag was turned off. […]

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SharePoint Backup Targets

Important areas to consider when backing up SharePoint. SharePoint root folder – %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ Inetpub folder – c:\inetpub\ (assuming this is the default location of your IIS websites) GAC – Global Assembly Cache, c:\windows\assembly\ (contains .NET assemblies used by SharePoint, many customisations place assemblies in GAC) IIS – Backup your IIS configuration through […]

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Exporting/Importing Workflows between separate farms

Requirement Import a subsite from production to test environment, including content and workflows. Production and test are separate farms and automatic content deployment is disabled. Difficulties encountered Export-spweb/Import-spweb cmdlets will not import List workflows correctly. You will find that workflows lose their association to their respective lists if you try to do so. This is […]

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