Backupify/Datto SaaS protection for Office 365 1.0: How do I add custom Site and Team Site collections?



How do I add custom site and team site collections to Datto SaaS Protection Classic/Backupify Classic for Office 365?


  • Datto SaaS Protection Classic for Office 365
  • Backupify Classic for Office 365


Backupify Classic for Office 365 will not upload inactive SharePoint sites.
Backupify Classic does not automatically add new SharePoint sites. You must manually add them for backups to begin.
These settings are not available for accounts managed by Seat Management 2.0. 

Adding via MS Office website

To add a custom/team site collection via the Microsoft website:

1. Log in to Office (external link) and click the Admin option.

Figure 1: Office 365 Admin page (click to enlarge)

2. In the Admin panel, expand the Admin Centers section of the drop-down menu and select the SharePoint option.

Figure 2: Admin centers menu (click to enlarge)

3. Select all addresses and copy them to your clipboard. The application will filter any extraneous text.

Figure 3: Select and copy addresses (click to enlarge)

4. Log into SaaS Protection/Backupify for Office 365 and click the Users button from the toolbar at the top.

5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Paste URLs from clipboard button.

Figure 4: Backupify Seat Management screen (click to enlarge)

5. Paste the text into the box, and the feature will add all included sites.

Adding via PowerShell

To create custom/team site collections via PowerShell:

1. Install the latest version of the Microsoft Management Framework (5.1) (external link). This program is necessary for the latest version of Sharepoint Management Shell, and ensure access to both Site Collection as well as Microsoft Group and Team sites via the Get-SPOSite commandlet.

2. Run Windows Powershell as Admin - Confirm that copyright shows 2016.

3. Enter the following command:

Login with admin credentials to O365 in the dialogue box, then:
Install-Module -Name MSOnline

Click Yes to agree if prompted, then complete the installation.

4. Download the SharePoint Online Management Shell (external link)

5. Run Sharepoint Online Management Shell as administrator, then enter the following commands:

$adminUPN="<the full email address of a SharePoint administrator account, example:>"
$orgName="<name of your Office 365 organization, example: contosotoycompany>"
$userCredential = Get-Credential -UserName $adminUPN -Message "Type the password."
Connect-SPOService -Url https://$ -Credential $userCredential

When prompted with the Windows PowerShell credential request dialog box, type the password for the SharePoint Online administrator account.

Multi-Factor Authentication 

1. Fill in the value for the $orgName variable (replacing all the text between the quotes, including the < and > characters), and then run the following commands at the SharePoint Online Management Shell command prompt:

$orgName="<name of your Office 365 organization, example: contosotoycompany>"
Connect-SPOService -Url https://$

2. When prompted with the Microsoft SharePoint Online Management Shell dialog box, type the account name and password for a SharePoint administrator account, and then click Sign in.

Exporting to CSV

1. Run the Get-SPOSite command to get a full list of team and group sites and site collections.
To export the list with all details:

Get-SPOSite | Export-CSV C:\<Folder path you want the CSV to be stored in>\SiteList.csv

To export the list of just the URLs:

Get-SPOSite | Select-Object URL | Export-CSV C:\<Folder path you want the CSV to be stored in>\SiteList.csv

2. When formatting the CSV for upload to Backupify, open the file in a spreadsheet processor such as Microsoft Excel. The A1 cell must contain the word Url, and the URLs of the sites must be listed in column A below it. Ensure that all characters are lowercase, and delete any other headers or columns.

Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"
Get-SPWebApplication | Get-SPSite | Select Url | Out-Csv export.csv

3. Log in to SaaS Protection/Backupify for Office 365 and click the Users button.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Upload button under CSV Site Collection Upload.

Figure 5: CSV site collection upload (click to enlarge)

5. Following the prompt, select the CSV file you just created and click Upload File.

Figure 6: Select the CSV and upload (click to enlarge)

Backing up Microsoft Teams data

Datto SaaS Protection/Backupify now backs up Microsoft Teams. See Protecting Microsoft Teams data for more information.

To contact Backupify/Datto SaaS Protection support, click here to submit a Support request, or click here for more contact options.

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