Tip #100: Why to document SharePoint 2010 Configuration?

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SharePoint 2010 provides some support for the Farm Configuration restoration using "Configuration Only" option  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee428326.aspx. However, the limitation of this approach is that not all configuration settings are backed up and can be restored. For example, the following settings cannot be backed up as a part of config-only backup.

  • Alternative Access Mapping (AAM)
  • Environment specific settings (IP addresses, machine names)
  • Service Applications
Actually, SharePoint 2010 Farm Configuration cannot be backed up and restored on 100% in automatic mode, due to site orpants and specific environment settings (http://www.benjaminathawes.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=10)  and that is why your need to document Farm Configuration.
The following resources describes the list of items to document:

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