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I apologize if this has been asked and answered already but I couldn't find an answer.

We have four Sharepoint Foundation servers that all use a fifth server to store their SQL database. We'll call them SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 and SQLSTORE.

The four servers all have completely different sets of sites/IIS/certificates/etc. They all have the same version of Windows and Sharepoint and everything, and they are all on the same domain. They just host different sites.

I need to back them all up, but I have a few (admittedly-newbie) questions: 1- Does this count as one farm or four? 2- If this is one farm (and I believe it is), if I do a farm level backup from, say, SP1, do I need to do another from SP2, SP3, and SP4, or will the SP1 backup include the others? Will it include everything? (e.g., IIS)? 3- Would I also need to do a SQL backup on SQLSTORE?

The only other thing I could think was that each server would back up it's own portion of the SQL database, but I don't think that's possible (nor do I think I'd be able to recover from it anyway).

In short.. What's the best way to go about getting this backed up?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Just because servers share a SQL server does not make them a farm. You would need to connect to SP-CA and via "Manage Servers on this farm" link check which other servers you see.

Backups are of different types, full farm back (assuming you have 1 farm) can be fully performed again via SP-CA using Backup full or via PowerShell - see here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428295(v=office.14).aspx also more tips http://www.mssharepointtips.com/tip.asp?id=1040

If you are only interested in Content you could set for SQL Content database backup, but otherwise, if you are unsure, go for Full

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