Tuesday, 27 December 2011

SharePoint 2010 - Central Administration Content Database Backup

“This post details the steps for backing up the content database of a SharePoint site through Central Administration.  Click here to view the steps for backing up a content database through PowerShell.”

Step 1

Within Central Administration within the Backup and Restore section click on Perform a backup

Perform a backup

Step 2

Next you need to select the component that you wish to backup.

Select backup components

Select the component you want to backup and click Next

Step 3

The next step in the backup process allows you to choose the type of the backup and its location.

A backup can be either Full or Differential

  • Full - backs up the selected content with all history
  • Differential - backs up all changes to the selected content since the last full backup

The backup file location can either be a UNC path or location on the server, however,  the process running the backup will need to access to write to this location.

Backup Details

Once the details of the backup have been entered click Start Backup


When the backup is running the following screen will be displayed indicating that backup is currently in progress.

Backup - Running


When the backup has finished running the following screen will be displayed indication the status of the backup components.

Backup - Status

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