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Sharepoint 2010 Unattached Content Database Recover doesn't access all sites

Posted on 2011-03-19
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A client says he deleted a sub-site from a site collection, which caused the entire intranet to become unavailable (Page Not Found errors when navigating to any part of the site).

I'm using "Unattached Content Database Data Recovery" in Central Administration. I can open the db, but only 2 sites are available for selection (both personal sites). However if I open the database in SQL Server Management Studio, I can see content for all the other sites in the collection. Is there any way to access this content?
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No.

So you aren't running regular backups?

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by:anseris
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I am. This client isn't.

Yes, that was my first question to him, too.
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He has no backups?  Bu_hahaha..  Good luck with that!  No sql backups, no stsadm backups, no powershell backups, no 3rd party backups, no snapshots/images of the vm?   Sorry buddy, look at expensive 3rd party tools to do sharepoint database recovery..  
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by:KoenVosters
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Have you tried attaching the content db to another farm just to be sure that you can't access the content?
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KoenVosters: yes, tried that with the same result.

I don't have much sympathy for this guy either, but it's interesting that the information is apparently still in the database. I didn't want to dismiss this entirely without asking around.
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I understand, but I would have to ask how important this information is, or what time they need to set it up again. Because as I see it now, if there is a fix, it will put the SharePoint farm in an unsupported state.
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Did you manage to fix it?
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