Third-party pluggable database backup and recovery.Within the file system, each SharePoint Foundation storage group includes configuration, content, Search databases, and any third-party databases registered in the configuration database and search index files. To simplify the process for backup application writers, SharePoint Foundation declares cross-writer dependencies in such a way that search index files are also backed up or restored when backing up registered databases in the farm. Full rollback. It supports a catastrophic overwrite scenario for the entire farm search index included. SharePoint Foundation records the time of the last backup for the database. Run command prompt as an Administrator and run the command: vssadmin list writers. Yes please, show me how! Inventory of databases. Note: For System State, not all Writers in this list are required for the backup to complete. Ideally, all Writers should be Stable when no backups are in progress.
The VSS included with Windows Server is the infrastructure that provides built-in shadow copy capabilities. Do not use the separate, stand-alone, version of the client components. The list is returned to the requestor so that backup can be run on the location where the database is physically located.
Restores a farm or database. Because search index files are stored in the file system, a separate file writer is needed to them up back up.
VSS enables a quick snapshot of the files to the shadow copy, while the application continues to operate at the original location without interruption. The configuration and Central Administration content databases can be backed up and restored only as part of the whole farm.
Backs up farm or database. This usually brings the Writer back to a stable state.