We are using STSADM commands to use full and incremental back ups of sharepoint 2013 site collection. Planning to do using Powershell commands now but i don't see incremental and full back powershell commands online for doing site collections.

Could you help me with those commands please.

  • what command you are using? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jun 19 '15 at 19:24
  • The below command we are using as of now ..looking to do the same incremental back up using powershell - "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN\"stsadm -o backup -url xyz -filename D:\SP_Backups\abc.bak -backupmethod differential -nositelock -overwrite – mak Jun 19 '15 at 19:31
  • how many site collection in your farm? When you use the backupmethod parameter then it will not perform the site colelction level backup. i – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jun 19 '15 at 19:34
  • Sorry..we are doing the back up of web application but there is only 1 site collection in the web application. Now is the above command right ?? I am looking to do same using powershell. doing incremental back up of 1 web application. – mak Jun 19 '15 at 19:39
  • check my updated answer. – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jun 19 '15 at 19:42

I dont think their is any way to peform the incremental backups on the Site collections level.

The Backup-SPFarm cmdlet creates a backup for the entire farm or individual components within the farm. It can also be used to back up just the configuration settings of a farm to be used as a farm template for other SharePoint farms. If you want to back up a single site collection, use the Backup-SPSite cmdlet.

When the url parameter is used, a backup of the site collection is created. However when the backupmethod parameter is used, a backup of an individual database, Web application, or the entire farm can be created. If you want to overwrite an existing backup file for a site collection only, use the overwrite parameter.

Updated: You want backup of the Web application.

You can use the backup-spfarm

Backup-SPFarm -Directory <BackupFolder> -BackupMethod Full -Item <WebApplicationName> [-Verbose]
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  • Who did downvote, could you please explain what is the reason? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jun 20 '15 at 2:15

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