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Protect Your SharePoint Content: An Overview of SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery


The centralized storage of any data is an inherently risky business. Disasters take many shapes and forms, and they can range from something as small as the deletion of a single document all the way up to the destruction of a key facility by a tornado. Because disasters come in so many shapes and sizes, and because they are inherently unexpected, it is an exercise in futility to attempt to prevent them. The most prudent course of action is to simply accept that disasters occur and to plan for a time when your environment is impacted by one.


This whitepaper introduces the broad topic of disaster recovery (DR) and how its principles can be specifically applied to the Microsoft SharePoint 2007 platform. Though the technical mechanics of how to backup, restore, and generally preserve SharePoint content are not discussed, backup and restoration are investigated with the intent of explaining how these approaches fit into a more far-reaching DR strategy.


John L Ferringer John L. Ferringer is a Solutions Architect for Apparatus, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN, with over five years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and over eleven years working in the information technology consulting industry. He co-authored the "SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide", published by Charles River Media in January, 2009 ( He is also a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in the installation and configuration of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007. Sean P McDonough Sean P. McDonough is a Managing Consultant and the SharePoint Team Lead for Cardinal Solutions Group, a consulting company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has over a decade of experience in the IT industry and has served as the application architect in the creation of a corporate disaster recovery implementation for a Fortune 500 financial institution. Sean is an MCTS, an MCPD, and the co-author of the "SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide" which is published by Charles River Media (
26 Aug 2009
26 Aug 2009
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