Back up a SharePoint farm to Azure with Data Protection Manager

This article describes how to back up and restore SharePoint data using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM). The backup operation of SharePoint to Azure with DPM is similar to SharePoint backup to DPM locally.

System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) enables you back up a SharePoint farm to Microsoft Azure, which gives an experience similar to back up of other data sources. Azure Backup provides flexibility in the backup schedule to create daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly backup points, and gives you retention policy options for various backup points. DPM provides the capability to store local disk copies for quick recovery-time objectives (RTO) and to store copies to Azure for economical, long-term retention.

In this article, you'll learn about:

  • SharePoint supported scenarios
  • Prerequisites
  • Configure backup
  • Monitor operations
  • Restore SharePoint data
  • Restore a SharePoint database from Azure using DPM
  • Switch the Front-End Web Server

SharePoint supported scenarios

For information on the supported SharePoint versions and the DPM versions required to back them up, see What can DPM back up?.


Before you proceed to back up a SharePoint farm to Azure, ensure that you've met all the prerequisites for using Microsoft Azure Backup to protect workloads. The tasks in prerequisites also include: create a backup vault, download vault credentials, install Azure Backup agent, and register DPM/Azure Backup Server with the vault.

For other prerequisites and limitations, see Back up SharePoint with DPM.

Configure backup

To back up the SharePoint farm, configure protection for SharePoint using ConfigureSharePoint.exe, and then create a protection group in DPM. See the DPM documentation to learn how to configure backup.

Monitor operations

To monitor the backup job, see Monitoring DPM backup.

Restore SharePoint data

To learn how to restore a SharePoint item from a disk with DPM, see Restore SharePoint data.

Restore a SharePoint database from Azure using DPM

To recover a SharePoint content database, follow these steps:

  1. Browse through various recovery points (as shown previously), and select the recovery point that you want to restore.

    Screenshot showing how to select a recovery point from the list.

  2. Double-click the SharePoint recovery point to show the available SharePoint catalog information.


    Because the SharePoint farm is protected for long-term retention in Azure, no catalog information (metadata) is available on the DPM server. So, whenever a point-in-time SharePoint content database needs to be recovered, you need to catalog the SharePoint farm again.

  3. Select Re-catalog.

    Screenshot showing how to select Re-recatalog.

    The Cloud Recatalog status window opens.

    Screenshot showing the Cloud Recatalog status window.

    Once the cataloging is finished and the status changes to Success, select Close.

    Screenshot showing the cataloging is complete with Success state.

  4. On the DPM Recovery tab, select the SharePoint object to get the content database structure, right-click the item, and then select Recover.

    Screenshot showing how to recover a SharePoint database from Azure.

  5. To recover a SharePoint content database from disk, see this section.

Switch the Front-End Web Server

If you've more than one front-end web server, and want to switch the server that DPM uses to protect the farm, see Switching the Front-End Web Server.

Next steps