Using Stsadm to Back Up and Restore a Site, Server Farm, Database, or Web Application
WSS 3.0 comes with Stsadm.exe, a command-line program that can back up and restore SharePoint sites. You can also use it to perform actions such as restoring a server farm, database, or Web application.
Inside out: Advantages of using Stsadm
There are several advantages to using the Stsadm program:
It works with most any kind of database.
Each backup creates a single file in the server’s file system. This file retains all the sites in the collection including all Web pages; all files in document libraries; all lists; and all security, permission, and feature settings.
A restored backup can replace the original collection, or it can create a new one.
Replacing a collection ...
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