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WSS3 - Browse Content In Backup File?

Posted on 2012-04-06
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Hey Experts, I've got a bit of conundrum here.  A while back, as I was building out some of the sites in our WSS3 collection using SPD, I saved a file that had an error in it and resulted in one of the blogs not connecting posts to comments.  Although I had been backing up the WSS3 collection regularly before and after developing in SPD, I managed to NOOB this up and performed a panicked restore from a few days prior to correct the error in my code after several failed attempts to correct it.  Wouldn't you know it, something was written on the blog within that window that has now become a major internal issue.  However, that post is gone, as it was overwritten by my restore.  Thus, I would like to restore the previous backup to a different site in WSS3 to retrieve the post.  Does anyone have a step-by-step method of doing this?  Can I just create a new WSS3 blog and restore the data from the backup to that site?  I don't see anything in Central Admin 3.0 other than global restore and I'm not familiar enough with stsadm to manually export, import data from one site to another...especially when the data to be exported is stuck in a backup file.  Please help.  Many thanks as always!
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Hi, well as you'll have noticed there's no selective backup available out of the box.

There are tools that do it, such as this one;

http://www.sharepointreviews.com/sharepoint-reviews-articles/sharepoint-administration/695-metalogix-sharepoint-backup-restore.html

The text seems to say that it will work with your existing backups.

Failing that you need to restore the content DB from backup on another server or possibly just a virtual machine.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointadmin/thread/4166ea40-02d3-4742-ab9c-d4d65f7685c0/

Broadly speaking you create a new instance or virtual instance of WSS 3.0 same version you have, and attach the DB in your backup to it. Recover your content etc.

VMWare has a tool that allows you to create a VM from a real machine - so you could create a VM of your existing server and restore the backup within that VM. Just a thought...

I dont know your architecture in detail or how many servers are involved of course.
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