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Backing up Data in a Hybrid Access Database with Sharepoint Data

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I am deploying an Access database with the data on SharePoint.  I need to be able to backup the SharePoint data and restore it if necessary without using the backups created by the SharePoint administrators.  How can I create backups of my SharePoint data?
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Is your Access database a regular access database or is it an Access Web Database?
If its a regular access database, just copy the file via explorer view to where ever you would like to back it up - you can setup a windows scheduled task to do this even.
If it is a Web Database, things get a little trickier - Everything in SharePoint is a .net object which means that it is no longer just a file - it has properties, methods, references, etc that regular files do not have.  It is not impossible to export a web database, or any SharePoint object for that matter, into a file - its the process called serialization. SharePoint 2010 has a PowerShell command just for that which is Export-SPWeb however you do need PowerShell (SPShellAdmin) access on one of the SharePoint servers to use this command.
Why cant you use the backups that your admins use?
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by:mkwest
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Its a web database.  I need to create a backup at a specific point in the process, not a scheduled backup, for example each night.  What options do I have that don't require sharepoint administrator rights?
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as far as I am aware, this is not possible - you are wanting to perform an administrative task, you will need administrative privileges.  Why can you not get assistance from your SP Admins? If you can tell them what you are trying to accomplish and why, I cant see how they would not be willing to help. I am a SP admin myself and happily assist my users in tasks like this all the time
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by:mkwest
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My SP Admins are not responsive to my needs to backup/restore my data so this solution is not very helpful, but if it is not possible for me to copy my own data off of sharepoint to store elsewhere then it is what it is.
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