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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Modify the number of backup threads sharepoint

Modify number of backup threads sharepoint

By default SharePoint is configured to use 3 backup threads.  This can be increased to improve performance and reduce the amount of time taken to backup large farms.  However, the log files can become more difficult to read.

These are the steps required to modify the number of backup threads used by SharePoint:

  1. Log in to Central Administration
  2. In the Backup and Restore section click Configure Backup Settings

  3. Enter a new value for the number of desired threads (between 1-10) and click OK

Modify number of backup threads sharepoint2010

Modify number of backup threads sharepoint2010