Backup SharePoint Site Collection using Central Admin

Requirement: Backup a SharePoint Site Collection using Central Administration.

Backup Site Collection in SharePoint 2016 Central Admin

Backing up your site collection will ensure that your data is safe and can be recovered in case of data loss or corruption. Site collections can be backed up using SharePoint 2016 Central Administration. This blog post will show you how to backup a SharePoint site collection using Central Administration.

To backup a  site collection using Central Administration, follow these steps:

  1. Login to SharePoint Central Administration Site >> Click the “Backup and Restore” link on the left navigation. Under Granular Backup, click on “Perform a Site Collection backup”.
    Backup Site Collections from SharePoint Central Administration
  2. On the Site Collection Backup page, select the target site collection to backup. You can switch between web applications and select any site collection on the farm. Set the UNC path to the backup file location. You can also specify any location server location, such as “D:\Backup\Sales.bak”.
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  3. Click on “Start Backup” to begin the backup procedure. You’ll get backup job status page.
    backup site collection sharepoint 2016 central admin
  4. Based on the size of your site collection, backup may take time. Wait for the backup to be completed.

How to restore a site collection backup? Well, there is no way to restore a site collection from Central Administration! You must use PowerShell: How to Backup-Restore a Site Collection in SharePoint using PowerShell?

Salaudeen Rajack

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One thought on “Backup SharePoint Site Collection using Central Admin

  • Just want to say thanks for all of the information that you share. It’s helped a lot while I try to improve my Powershell skill

    DO you have a way to do this in SharePoint Online?


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