Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

SharePoint Administration

Daily Front End Backup

The below PowerShell can be run once per day via Task Scheduler on just one machine in a SharePoint farm to backup front end configuration.   Yes, SQL backups are wonderful and a must have for user data protection.   However, front end backups are handy for restore scenarios like:


  • IIS configuration
  • IIS home folder
  • WPS farm solutions
  • 14/15 hive manual changes  (yeah yeah … not best practice, but you have them too)


These front end artifacts might not be in a SQL full BAK.   Also, having troubleshooting options on the front end helps SharePoint admins respond quickly to a recovery without having to wait for DBAs to first restore a database.    Hope that helps.  



MSODAL – Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging

With more people using Office365 every day, it can be helpful to have a few troubleshooting tools nearby.   I had issues sending files over Lync IM and found this helpful download during my research.   It verifies the local PC client configuration and is able to apply minor repairs for common configuration issues.   Something to keep nearby as we all support more Office365 users.

  • Desktop or Application sharing can’t connect in a Lync Online conference

  • Download MOSDAL (Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging) Support Toolkit


11-11-2013 4-48-16 PM

Backup-SPSite (with build version)

When backing up site collections I like to add the farm build version.   Why?   Helps me compare to other farms during restore and know if the patch level is too high/low.    Also, when doing long term restores from months earlier it’s nice to know what the farm version was when the original backup was taken.

Just a small tip, but one I find handy for support.



9-26-2013 8-22-11 AM

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