If you’ve done any previous research on SharePoint disaster recovery topics, such as content recovery, backup and restore, and high availability, you’ve probably found quite a bit of information on the subject. That held true for us when we wrote the original Disaster Recovery Guide for SharePoint 2007, and it’s just as true now with SharePoint 2010. But what we also found was that much of the discussion did one of two things: either it just scratched the surface of SharePoint disaster recovery, or it covered such a narrow focus that it was only applicable in certain situations. So we set out to create a resource for SharePoint disaster recovery that comprehensively examined the ins and outs of the various technical options available to back up and restore your SharePoint environment and highlighted the concerns you need to understand to build an informed and well-rounded disaster recovery plan.
Microsoft's SharePoint platform is a complex, diverse technical tool designed to meet a range of business needs and uses. It requires several other platforms and applications for implementation, and it can be integrated with other external line of business applications. This diversity also applies to the numerous methods, tools, and approaches to preserve your SharePoint farm if it becomes affected by a catastrophic event. The majority of this book introduces you to those methods, tools, and approaches for backing up and restoring SharePoint. Furthermore, it covers the key concepts and activities necessary to develop a disaster recovery plan for SharePoint. After covering those concepts, it dives into all the crucial technical aspects of preserving SharePoint using the tools Microsoft provides with it.