We are going to be undertaking a disaster test and will need to be able to bring up our SharePoint 2007 farm in a new environment. The farm consists of one WFE and one Index server. There are about 10 sites/portals running on the farm.
Here is our current backup procedure:
- Nightly Snapshots of the VM that the server runs on
- Nightly SQL Backups
- Nightly Differential SharePoint backups via script
- Weekly Full SharePoint backup via script
In a recovery situation the server snapshot will be brought back up at the recovery site with a new name and IP address. The SQL server that will be restored might also have a new name.
My question is: What is the best way to do a recovery? Do I have to do a fresh install and then re-associate all the content DBs or can I simply leverage the fact that the DB and Server itself have been backed up as a snapshot? Lastly, is it recommended to use a third party tool for this job?
Any sort of high-level guidance is appreciated.