Microsoft's SharePoint platform is a complex, diverse technical tool designed to meet a range of business needs and uses. It requires several other platforms and applications for implementation, and it can be integrated with other external line of business applications. This diversity also applies to the numerous methods, tools, and approaches to preserve your SharePoint farm if it becomes affected by a catastrophic event. The majority of this book introduces you to those methods, tools, and approaches for backing up and restoring SharePoint. Furthermore, it covers the key concepts and activities necessary to develop a disaster recovery plan for SharePoint. After covering those concepts, it dives into all the crucial technical aspects of preserving SharePoint using the tools Microsoft provides with it.
John L. Ferringer is a solutions architect for Apparatus, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana,with more than six years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and more than 12 years working in the information technology consulting industry. He is an MCTS in the installation and configuration of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007. He is also a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) for Enterprise Project Management (EPM) with Project Server 2007. John speaks regularly at user groups, SharePoint Saturdays, and other conferences throughout the Midwest. He plans to make his triumphant return to blogging at http://www.MyCentralAdmin.com now that this book is done, besides writing articles and posting at other great SharePoint-related sites throughout the interconnected tubes of the Internet. John also administers www.SearchForSharePoint.com, a custom search engine indexing more than 2,000 Web sites of SharePoint content. Follow John on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Ferringer. Sean McDonough is the Product Manager for SharePoint Products at Idera, a Microsoft gold certified partner and creator of tools for SharePoint, SQL Server, PowerShell and Dynamics. As a consultant, Sean has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies to architect, implement, troubleshoot, tune, and customize their SharePoint environments. Sean is an MCTS, an MCPD, and the co-author of the "SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide." He can be reached on Twitter (@spmcdonough), through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com), and on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/smcdonough).