The SharePoint backup site collection is very handy. In case of a backup and restore, server resources are consumed, and because of that performance of the server gets affected. The problem is felt, when multiple operations are running. In order to ensure, that the speed do not drop and there is a reduction in the usage of resource, best practices of the SharePoint backup site collection is necessary.
Why Site Collection Recovery is Important
Basically, you can perform two kinds of data recovery for core contents. First is known as content recovery, and second is known as site recovery. Both kinds of recoveries are performed by different technical employees, in the organization. Content recovery is kind of a small scale activity and performed for recovering some documents or lists by using the Recycle Bin and other methods. But in the case of site recovery, only site administrators can perform this task. This is a very important task, in all kinds of organizations and requires technical expertise to perform this recovery. If the site of any organization suffers from accidental deletion or data corruption, then that can be really harmful for the business and that’s why this is one of the most important tasks, and every organization should look for this option.
How to Backup a Site Collection
Mainly, there are two ways to backup a site collection in SharePoint 2103. You can either use a Central Administration website, or Windows Powershell, to complete this task.
If you are using Windows Powershell- Before using Windows Powershell, first of all, you have to verify, that you are authorized, to use some essential memberships. These memberships are Securityadmin, db_owner and the administrators group on the server.
The next step would be to open the SharePoint Management Shell. If you are using the windows server 2008 R2, then first you would have to click on the start menu, then on All Programs, after that on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and last but not the least, you would have to click on the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.
But, if you are using the windows server 2012, then first you would have to click on the start screen, then on the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell. If you couldn’t be able to find SharePoint 2013 Management Shell on the start screen, then you can also right click on the computer, look for the all apps option, and then click on the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.
The next step would be to type the command on the Windows Powershell command prompt. The command which would have to type on the command prompt is, “Backup-SPSite -Identity <SiteCollectionGUIDorURL> -Path <BackupFile> [-Force] [-NoSiteLock] [-UseSqlSnapshot] [-Verbose].”
<SiteCollectionGUIDorURL> would be the ID or URL for the site collection, which you would like to backup and <BackupFile> would be the path, where you would want to locate the backup file.
If you are using the Central Administration website- First, you would have to make sure that the user account, which you are using for the procedure is the member of the Farm Administrators group. The first step would be to open the SharePoint 2013 Central Administration. If you are using the Windows 2008 R2 server, then first, click on the start menu, and then on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and after that, you would have to click on the SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.
But if you are using the Windows 2012 server, then first click on the start menu, and after that choose the SharePoint 2013 Central Administration option. If you couldn’t be able to find the SharePoint 2013 Central Administration option on the start screen, then right click on the computer screen, and then look for the all apps option, and after that click on the SharePoint 2013 Central Administration option.
The next step would be to click on the Perform a site collection backup option on the home page of the Central Administration. You would find that option in the Backup and Restore section. After that, the site collection backup page would open and then, you would have to choose the site collection from the site collection list.
After that, in the file name box, you would have to type the local path of the backup file, and then just click on the start backup option, and your task would be completed.
Through Sharepoint backup site collection, you can perform this task more efficiently and quickly, than any other tools, available in the market.