I am using SharePoint 2010 and I only have 1 Site Collection.

In my CA I can do a Farm Backup or a Granular Backup.

What must I used, I just want to make a full backup of everything including all the content in my Site Collection.

If something go wrong, I want to be able to restore everything the way it was.


The Farm Backup alternative is meant to be used in the scenario you descibes: When you want to backup everything in the farm in one backup.

Granular backup is used for backing up a specific sharepoint entity, like a sitecollection, web or a list.


if you need to have a backup I can advise you to use stsamd utility installed with SharePoint. This is much more stable than using UI.

I have answered similar question here.

hope it helps you,


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