Saturday, December 14, 2013

SCCM site backup maintenance task

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is a backbone for any organisations enterprise solutions. As System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hold’s lot of critical data, backup and recovery is an important task keep this infrastructure alive and sustainable for any future disasters.
How the site backup works
Configuration Manager backup task utilizes the Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS) to create the backup snapshot. The SMS Writer is a service that interacts with the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) during the backup process. The SMS Writer service must be running for the Configuration Manager site back up to successfully complete
What can and cannot backed up:
The Backup Site Server maintenance task provides a backup snapshot for the site server files and site database, but there are other items not backed up that you must consider when you create your backup strategy

The following components gets backed up as part of Site backup;
- The Configuration Manager site database (SQL Server database)
- Configuration Manager Installation directory on the site server
- Master site control file (.\Inboxes\\Sitectrl.ct0)
- SMS and NAL registry keys on the site server

What not getting backed up:
- Site systems contain site data
- Logs stored other than Log folder
- Custom reports

Backup - Best Practices:
- Save the backup to a Non-OS and Non-config manager drive
- After first backup move the backup snapshot to a different location
- Use afterbackup.bat to archive the backup snapshots

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