Overview of SharePoint and Teams Recovery
This article will discuss some important notes to consider when there is a need to recovery SharePoint sites including Teams.
Below is an overview of what to expect from a
recovery perspective for SharePoint and Teams. The big piece to note is
that, in both cases, the hierarchy and any customizations must exist in the
destination. This would typically be satisfied if recovering to the
original source, but not if recovering to an empty site, in which case a fair
amount of work might be required to get things created and customized as needed
for a successful restore. Specifically:
- Recovery of a site will
recursively recover any subsites and lists PROVIDED those subsites and lists already exist in the destination with matching names.
Automatic creating of missing sites and lists is not supported.
- Recovery of a list will
recursively recover all folders and items. Missing folders are
created for document libraries.
- Recovery of an item will
restore the specified version (usually the most recent), along with all metadata. Restoring all versions in a single export job is not
- Recovery of both
document libraries and any other list type (tasks, custom, etc.) is
- Recovery of sites/lists
can only function if the destination has the same customizations, content
- The Export Utility will
allow you to dynamically browse the destination site, to easily select the
Teams has some additional capabilities and restrictions to be aware of:
- Teams conversations are
captured from the Teams mailboxes and the individual user mailboxes. These should be considered a compliance copy since they
cannot be used to restore conversations back into Teams. Indeed this
capability (restoring Team conversations so they show up in Teams) is not
supported, and not on the near-term roadmap, due to API limitations that
exist in the Teams API.
- Team documents are captured from the site collection for the team. These can be restored as specified in the above rules.
- Team Wikis are
supported. Note that restored posts will have the time set to when
the restore was performed, and if the editor/author was not a member of
the Team, the author will be displayed as the user who performed the
- Other Team content types are not tested to be fully supported. Some may work to greater or lesser extents.
Below is an example recovery case: All access is lost to a Team site collection and the
Team must be recreated and recovered from scratch. The recovery process
would look as follows:
- Create the new
- Create the channels for
- Add the users for the
- Add any other resources
to the team (wikis, planner, customizations, etc.).
- In some cases, it is as
easy as restoring the source site collection’s top-level site to the newly
created team’s top-level site, using the HubStor Export Utility.
- If there are any issues
(names don’t match exactly etc.), you can restore list-by-list, using the
HubStor Export Utility.
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