SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure

SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure
SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Windows Azure

The disaster recovery environment for an on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm can be hosted in Windows Azure.

  • Windows Azure IaaS provides a secondary datacenter.
  • Pay only for the resources you use.
  • Small recovery farms can be scaled out after a disaster to meet scale and capacity targets.


The recovery farm in Windows Azure is configured as identically as possible to the production on-premises farm.

  • Same representation of server roles.
  • Same configuration of customizations.
  • Same configuration of search components (these can be on a smaller version of the production farm).


Log shipping and Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) are used to copy database backups and transaction logs to the Windows Azure farm.

  • DFSR is used to transfer logs from the production environment to the recovery environment. In a WAN scenario DFSR is more efficient than shipping the logs directly to the secondary server in Windows Azure.
  • Logs are replayed to the Windows Azure-based SQL Server computers.
  • Log-shipped databases are not attached to the farm until a recovery exercise is performed. Failover procedures:
  • Stop log shipping.
  • Stop accepting traffic to the primary farm.

Replay the final transaction logs.

  • Attach the content databases to the farm.
  •  Start a full crawl.
  • Restore service applications from the replicated services databases.Recovery objectives provided by this


SharePoint Disaster Recovery to Windows Azure

Shows the SharePoint to Azure disaster recovery process.

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Published by Aryan Nava

Founder of "BlockchainMind", CTO for two Blockchain startup during 2018, Cloud/DevOps Consultant and Blockchain Trainer

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