Granular Sharepoint Restore with Ontrack PowerControls

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This article explains the process to perform a granular Microsoft SharePoint restore using Ontrack PowerControls.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: 

  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

Supported SharePoint Versions:

  • SharePoint 2007
  • SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint 2013

Ontrack PowerControls can read .mdf, .ndf, and .ldf files.

Process

  1. Download Ontrack for SharePoint
  2. Check where your SharePoint Server Site stores its data
  3. Mount a File Restore
  4. Use Ontrack to connect to the source and target

The below video provides an overview of the process:

 

2.1. Download Ontrack for SharePoint

Download and install Ontrack PowerControls for Microsoft SharePoint on a Windows PC that can connect to the SharePoint. To do this:

1. Log into the web interface for your Datto appliance. Go to the Advanced menu, and click on Granular Restore. Click to download the Executable and the License File.

Figure 1: Download Ontrack PowerControls for MS SharePoint

2. Install and activate the program. You do not need to install PowerControls on the SharePoint server, but you must be able to connect to the server from the machine you install it on.

2.2. Check the SharePoint Datastore Location

To be able to retrieve your SharePoint data, you will need to know its storage location. If you do not have this information, log into your SharePoint server to verify.

2.3. Mount a File Restore

1. To start the file restore, click on the Restore tab of the Datto appliance. You will see the page as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: File Restore GUI

 

2. Choose the backup set that you want to restore from. Then, select File Restore.

3. Choose the recovery point that has the data that you need.

4. Click Start File Restore. You will see the Mount Recovery Point screen.

5. Click the Mount button, and you will see the Samba share information. 

2.4. Use Ontrack to connect to the data source and SharePoint target

 

If you are unable to connect to your SharePoint server, you can use Ontrack to export the restore data locally.

 

1. In the Ontrack program, click the File menu, and click Open Source, as shown in Figure 3.

 

Figure 3: Open Source menu

 

2. Select Add, and browse to the SharePoint datastore location. Select the .mdf.ndf, and *.ldf  files you want to restore. Click Finish to complete the process.

Figure 4: Source Path Selection

 

3. Click Finish. The the restored Content Database will display in the left panel of the GUI. Selecting any item will display its contents in the right-hand plane. You can use the Export feature to copy the data to a location of your choice.

 

Connecting to the SharePoint Target

1. In the Ontrack program, click the File menu and click Open Target.

Figure 4: Target Server Selection wizard

 

2. Enter your SharePoint Server Site URL and credentials. Click Next. Ontrack will display the contents of your SharePoint server, allowing you to copy anything that you need to restore back to the production environment. 


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