Back up and restore the Project Server 2010 farm


Applies to: Project Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-28

This document set is written to meet the requirements of information technology (IT) professionals who are responsible for the planning, design, deployment, and operations of backup and recovery solutions in enterprise, corporate, or branch office environments. The readers of this document set are expected to have an understanding of its technical details. However, service-level expertise is not needed to follow the enterprise-level discussions and to understand the decisions that are made.

A backup is a copy of data that is used to restore and recover that data after a system failure or corruption. Backups allow you to restore data after a failure. With proper backups, you can recover from many failures, including:

  • Media failure

  • User errors (such as deleting a Project file or Microsoft Project Web App (PWA) site by mistake)

  • Hardware failures (such as a damaged disk drive or permanent loss of a server)

  • Natural disasters

Additionally, keeping backups of Project Server databases is useful for routine purposes, such as copying a database from one production server to another, moving databases from a production environment to a test environment, restoring Project Web App sites, archiving for legal purposes, and disaster recovery. For specific guidance on which backup or recovery method you should use for your specific requirements, see Plan for disaster recovery in Project Server 2010 and Prepare to back up and restore a Project Server 2010 farm.

Back up and restore all or part of the farm and content

The following tasks for backup and recovery are performed to back up a Project Server farm by using built-in tools: