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Overall context: Moving a Hyper-V VM 2012 R2 single server TFS system w/ SharePoint to a new domain.

Immediate task: Backup SharePoint content to be able to restore content if there are problems with the move.

Some relevant actions taken:

  • PCConfigUI.exe was successfully executed
  • A successful full farm backup was created

Immediate problem: I tried an immediate restore after the successful backup. The restore operation reported a completion with 5 errors. I'd like to eliminate the errors if possible.

The following are the objects that reported errors; the error follows after this list. Everything else reported completed:

  • In section SharePoint - 80.
    • Object WSS_Content
  • In section Shared Services
    • Object Secure Store Service
    • Object Secure_Store_Service_DB_{long guid}
    • Object Excel Services Application
  • In Section Shared Service Proxies
    • Object Secure Store Service

In each case the reported error on the Central Administration page is the same as what's in the log file, and it is:

"Content failed in event OnRestore. For more information, see the spbackup.log or sprestore.log file located in the backup directory. SPException: The specified component exists. You must specify a name that does not exist."

I have no idea what to do with this.

Should I only be restoring portions of the backup? If so, which portions?

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check couple of things.

  • Make sure database name's are different or
  • not already exist on the SQL server
  • make sure SQL server versions are same.

BTW, i highly recommend in your mentioned scenrio simply move the Content rather performing a restore.

  • Install and configure new farm on new domain
  • Create and configure the Web application, Service Application etc.
  • Now backup and restore the Content DBs to new sql server and mount to SharePoint.

check this https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/setup-admin/tfs/install/sharepoint/move-sharepoint-new-hardware

  • I have begun to think a new farm in the new domain might be my best approach, but needed someone to nudge me that way; thanks. I'm also thinking I will create a single separate dedicated server SharePoint install instead of the single server system currently in place. Regarding your recommendation to simply move Content, in principle it makes sense. I probably need a little more information for those steps. Do you have some favorite guidance links about working with the DBs for this? As well as creating the Web/Service apps for the TFS connection? – Alan Aug 21 '17 at 21:04
  • The part about the restore failing several objects bothers me because I'm simply backing up, and then restoring right back into the same farm. I don't see why one would have to change anything. Does the Central Admin backup tool allow illegal backups and saves? Was I supposed to do an overwrite? Or am I supposed to be backing up SQL databases instead of using SharePoint backup? – Alan Aug 21 '17 at 21:07
  • I just added link. – Waqas Sarwar MVP Aug 21 '17 at 21:14
  • are you using the same sql server on new domain? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Aug 21 '17 at 21:14
  • The plan was to move the single server over, so I guess the answer to your question in that case is yes. I was hoping to bring the server up in totality in the new domain. But if I have to abandon that & go with building metal up, then no, it would be a new SQL server. Also an update: I did get a successful restore! I had to click the radio button on the final restore setup page that does an overwrite. So, I guess technically that's the answer to my question posted here, but your advice is very valuable to me and I appreciate it. I will continue to follow up on this. – Alan Aug 22 '17 at 0:09

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