I have SharePoint 2013 Enterprise version. It is installed from last 3 years.

Topology as below

  1. SQL01 (Clustered)
  2. SQL02 (Clustered)
  3. FE01 (load balance)
  4. FE02 (load balance)
  5. APP01
  6. APP02

Now I got development server, which is just freshly installed with SQL Server 2012 & Windows 2012 R2. Now I am installing SharePoint 2013 and updating it to match the version of the Production Farm. It will remain single box farm.

Now my question is if I backup Production Version which is multiple server and try restore on Development Server which is single box, will it work or do I have to do something?

2 Answers 2


Yes it should work because it's not a matter of how many servers you have, if it's a single farm then you can migrate it to from a multi servers environment to your new single box environment by migrating the content databases.

  • So you mean I should only migrate content database or should I do back up by Central Admin and restore it to dev environment
    – Milind
    Apr 21, 2016 at 5:09

As you already get the answer but I would like to give my 2 cents. to avoid any unknown issue.

  • Install and configure the SharePoint on Dev server( Version should match to prod)
  • Create new service accounts and set the permission.
  • Create new Web app (s)
    • Configure the authentication as in Production
    • Apply customization if any i.e Web.config change etc
    • configure the Object cache, Blob cache if it is in Prod
  • Apply if any farm wide solutions
  • create the new service application i.e search, UPA, MMS

Now - Backup Content Database from Prod SQL server - Move the backup to dev sql server and Restore it - Attach the database to web apps - Test

I would not go with the SharePoint central admin backup and restore, as it may cause alot of confusion in naming conventions.

  • Thank you very much for your reply. I did already in following way. First I make backup from Production with Central Admin than I restore it to Development Environment then when I select back in development version that time I change manually database name, application server name and all configuration to development server. That makes us restore successfull
    – Milind
    Apr 22, 2016 at 3:55

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