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Veeam Developing Free Tool To Rescue SharePoint Files

Veeam Software is promising to release software that will make it possible to quickly recover individual items from Microsoft SharePoint backups.

Other tools exist to do the similar things, but Veeam's plan is to release its tool, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, for free.

The SharePoint Explorer comes at the problem from Veeam's corner of the market. Veeam specializes in virtualization solutions and will offer the Explorer as a free add-on in the next editions of Veeam Backup Free Edition and Veeam Backup & Replication v7. That means the product works only if SharePoint is running on top of a virtual machine.

The many limitations of the free version of Veeam Backup make the possibility of running the SharePoint Explorer for free a caveat-filled affair. But for those customers backing up their virtual environments with the full product, granular SharePoint file recovery comes without additional cost.

At this point, the product is little more than vaporware. Veeam this week announced only that it was taking signups for a free public beta, which isn't available yet. The final version will ship with Backup & Replication v7 in the second half of this year.

Nonetheless, Veeam has delivered similar products before in the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange. The company's management has a solid track record of identifying important problems for IT administrators and coming up with solutions.

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM


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