SharePoint 2010 Enhancements – Part2

Posted by Kasi Krishnamoorthy at 12/04/2009 05:15:00 PM


As I learn, taking notes of some noticeable enhancements in SharePoint 2010 ( in my point of view)

Backup and Restore

  • SharePoint Server 2010 uses two different tools (Central admin and PowerShell) to configure backup and recovery. What happened to STSADM? It is still there, for only backward compatibility.  New backup plans should be incorporated with Windows PowerShell in place of Stsadm.
  • Windows PowerShell provides administrators a way to perform backup and recovery with additional options such as file compression or working with SQL snapshots
  • SharePoint Server 2010 provides several new features that provide a granular level of backup for various components of site content (site, subsite, and list level)


  • In SharePoint Server 2010, you can restore site collections, sites, and lists from unattached content databases. You can simply do a SQL Server restore of the content database to any computer running SQL Server, then tell SharePoint to connect to it. This eliminates the need to build a second farm for granular recovery
  • It has the ability to recognize read-only SQL databases. Whenever SharePoint Server is connected to a SQL database that has been placed in read-only mode, SharePoint Server will security trim all site collections in the database so that they are read-only to all users, removing all add and edit functionality from the sites, even for administrators
  • It supports SQL mirroring natively. This allows a farm administrator to configure the SQL environment to mirror a SharePoint content database. Whenever a new database is created, the SharePoint administrator will be prompted to enter the failover server.

Managed Accounts

  • It reduces the load of managing various service accounts. SharePoint will take control all the service accounts we use inside the SharePoint (like changing the password automatically as per the policy or send a reminder when it is about to expire)

More to come…..