Restore SharePoint 2010 site collection using DPM 2012

February 24, 2013

Problem: How to restore SharePoint 2010 site collection using DPM 2012 ?

Solution: Below are the detailed steps how to recover a SharePoint 2010 site collection using DPM 2012

Important Catch: the catch here is that a valid Site collection url needs to exist even if it a dummy site collection with a blank template or any template.

Step 1: Go to Central Administration –> Make sure that a valid url exists of the site collection you are trying to restore. if the site collection got deleted make sure to create a new site collection with blank template. (Any template is okay but preferred to have blank site collection).

Step 2: Go to DPM Console –>Recovery tab –>Select the Date and time of the backup wanted to restore


Step 3: Drill down to the Content Database –> select the site collection wanted to restore –> Right click and restore


Step 4:  Review Recovery Selection: review the select data is correct and click Next

Step 5: Select Recovery Type: select “Recover to original site”. (Note: Recover to an alternate site is different post for another day)


Step 6: Select Recovery Process tab  – “Recovery without using a recovery farm”


Step 7: Specify Temporary Server tab – select “SQL instance” and Database file location – SQL instance is the DB server where DPM account have administrator privileges and have access. File location is the folder where the DPM can use to dump the Database and mount to SQL server. the size should of the size of the database that is restoring.


Step 8: Specify staging location: this is the folder location on the web front end server where DPM backing up or DPM have access to. Size of the folder can be the size of the item being restored.


Step 9: Specify recovery options: select “Apply the security settings of the recovery point version”


Step 10: Summary:  Review the recovery settings as desired such as source, destination …etc and click fire away Recover button

Step 11: Recovery status: you will see a Successful message. if any errors it will throw error message !.


Hope the post is useful…

DPM 2012 for SharePoint 2010 split domain with one way trust

February 20, 2013

SharePoint Build Scenario:

If you have a SharePoint 2010 environment with split domain, i.e your SharePoint front end (application servers and web front end servers) in Domain A and SQL Server in domain B and to add the challenge there is only one way trust between the two domains, how to protect using DPM 2012 ???


As per Microsoft TechNet, DPM 2012 requires two way trust between the two domains to protect the SharePoint farm. For many reasons you don’t get the two way trust between the domains. How to make it work ??


The ideal solution would be moving all the SharePoint infrastructure into one domain where the regular user profiles exists in the domain. if regular SharePoint user profiles exists in domain A it is ideal to build everything in domain A.

Are there any work around without moving everything to one domain?

Work Around:

without moving SharePoint Database server or two way trust between the domains, is there any work around ?

Yes, there is…build one more SharePoint web front end server in the domain SQL server exists i.e domain B (as per above scenario) . also you need to have your DPM server build in the domain B where the SharePoint SQL server exists.

It is ideal to use the service accounts created in the domain where the account is valid in both the domains. In this case domain A.

I hope to write a detailed scenario…..