Last week we tested our failover capacity for our SharePoint servers which yielded some weird results.
We failed over to our offsite server just fine, but after refreshing the site in the browser a number of the webparts stopped loading, as if they were never placed on the page. I thought it was weird, but we moved on. I made a change to some text on the page and uploaded a small image file to one of the document libraries to test the reverse replication. We finished up and set the reverse replication to start, then went home. The next day we failed back to our main servers and on Monday I noticed the following things:
- The change I made and the file I uploaded replicated back just fine.
- The webparts which had disappeared were still gone when loading the site from the main servers.
- When I tried to edit the page in question I got the following error:
Upon receiving that error I hit OK, reloaded the page, restored the previous version of the page, and then told it to "Revert to Template" as I was prompted in the yellow bar below the ribbon. The page then worked as expected and loaded everything properly.
I have no idea how to attack this problem, and our guy who knows our replication software hasn't ever really dealt with replicating a SharePoint server before. Two things I can tell you for sure is that we're on the most recent version of CA ArcServe (though I don't think that's where our issue lies) and we're currently using the OOB scenario designed to work with SharePoint.
Does anyone have any experience with issues like these?