Recovery Manage has different components. Sometimes it is confusing which of them should be installed and where.

There are the following components:

  1. Recovery Manager (can be referred to as Recovery Manager Console)
  2. Recovery Manager SharePoint Agent
  3. Recovery Manager Backup Reader

1. Recovery Manager - includes Quest Management Console, RM snap-in, RM Agent, Disaster Recovery solution. To differentiate from other components, it can be referred to as Recovery Manager Console.

When to install: Always

RM Console is a core component of the product. During installation the console installs:

  • QMC component that creates repository database during installation and allows you to add SharePoint farms into Recovery Manager.
  • RM extension snap-in that performs all the management and restoration operations.
  • RM services and scheduled task.
  • Recovery Manager SharePoint Agent.
  • Disaster Recovery core components.

Where to install: The console can be installed on any server that has access to your SharePoint farm.

2. Recovery Manager SharePoint Agent – is a windows service. It is installed automatically on the machine where Recovery Manager for SharePoint is installed. It can be installed from a separate .msi package or from a link on RM autorun.

When to install:

You will need to install the agent in one of the following cases:

  • You are restoring SharePoint 2010 content. API mode is default option for restoring SharePoint 2010 content.

Where to install: One WFE server within SharePoint 2010 farm.

  • You have a backups performed by a third-party tool.

Where to install: Please refer to the specific backup type in Recovery Manager Documentation for more details.

  • You are implementing Disaster Recovery solution.

Where to install: Each WFE server within your SharePoint environment.

3. Recovery Manager Backup Reader – installs core components of LiteSpeed and creates extended stored procedures on SQL server.

When to install: If you do not have LiteSpeed installed on your SQL server and want to take advantage of reading backups directly without temporary databases creation.

Note: The advantage can be achieved if you are going to restore small amounts of data from different backups. It is not recommended to use LiteSpeed mode if you are going to restore entire sites as it might take more time that using non-LiteSpeed mode.

LiteSpeed mode can be also referenced as OLR mode.

Where to install:

  • If you are performing restoration to the same location - SQL servers where the original SharePoint content databases are hosted.
  • If you are performing restoration to alternate location - SQL servers where the target SharePoint content databases are hosted.
  • If you’re going to add LiteSpeed backups manually - SQL server hosting Quest Repository database.