Difference between Granular Backup and Farm Backup


Granular Backup:

  • Granular backup is used for backing up a specific sharepoint entity, like a site collection, web or a list.
  • Granular has two main types which are site collections and Web site or list.
  • These backup mainly focuses on single content database.
  • Granular backups are content backups that work on the site collection, website, or list level.

  • These backups can be performed using Central Administration, STSADM, or PowerShell commands.
  • But it is not recommended to run site collection backups if your site collection is larger than
    around 15 GB.

Farm Backup:

  • The Farm Backup alternative is meant to be used in the scenario you describes: When you want to backup everything in the farm in one backup.
  • These are bascially towards web farms and web application levels.
  • These are basically into farm configurations, solution packages, web applications, service applications, whole content databases etc.
  • These backups can be performed using Central Administration, STSADM, or PowerShell commands.
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