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SharePoint® 2010 Administration: Instant Reference by Milan Gross, Randy Williams

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Restore the Farm

While we hope you will never have to do a farm restore, you should know the steps to be able to perform one with confidence. There are many situations where you need to rely on a farm restore to bring your environment back online. These include:

  • Loss or major corruption of one or more databases or database servers
  • Accidental or malicious removal of data at the farm level (i.e., using Central Administration or PowerShell)—for example, deleting a web application

On the other hand, a farm restore is not always needed. Here are two situations where you do not need to do a farm restore:

  • Loss of a WFE or application server. In many cases, you can remove the old server from the farm, install SharePoint on a new server, join it to ...

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