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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook by Peter Serzo

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Recovering data from an unattached content database

One of the new tools in an administrator's toolbox is the ability to pull data from a database snapshot or from a detached content database. The pulled data is then saved in a file. The data can then be restored to a new location in a live database.

Administrators can minimize downtime and the possibility of error when pulling content from one database to another. Users can request data that may have been archived or lost through the Recycle Bin process. This data can quickly be obtained.

The biggest gain from this type of granular restore is that the content database does not need to be attached to a web application, and recovery takes place outside of the attached instance. Due to the separation ...

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