Most common reasons for corruption in SharePoint Server

Microsoft SharePoint is a web-based application that is bundled with Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Corporation first launched SharePoint in 2001 as a document management and storage system. In organizations it is often used to create websites. According to a survey, SharePoint has 160 million users in 75,000 customer organizations.

SharePoint can be used as a safe place where users can store their crucial data and information. In addition, users can access, organize and share the information with almost all types of devices. A web browser is all that is needed here, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox. SharePoint is available in different editions for different functions, such as SharePoint Server, SharePoint Standard, SharePoint Enterprise and SharePoint Online. Here in this article we will talk about SharePoint Server.

Microsoft SharePoint Server is a popular server platform often used for information sharing, collaboration and content management. It offers great benefits to organizations such as:

  • You can create an intranet portal for your organization to share information.

  • You can manage and edit documents between multiple users and offices.

  • You can also create a public-facing website.

The best features of SharePoint Server are collaboration, enterprise content management, enterprise search and building portals. While the benefits of SharePoint Server are enormous, it has a major drawback. It has many internal bugs that can sometimes cause serious problems. Also, the database file created by SharePoint Server is very prone to corruption, just like any other database file. Below are the most common reasons for corruption in SharePoint Server:

  • If SharePoint Server is low on RAM or hard disk space, you may be at high risk. It can cause a crash in SharePoint Server or damage the database file.
  • Using virtual Microsoft SQL Server can also cause problems for SharePoint Server users. Incorrect virtualization allows administrators to make major mistakes that can lead to corruption.
  • Mostly qualified URLs are required when creating content web apps. But using incorrect or short URLs can cause serious problems.
  • Enabling the default settings for the SharePoint database can be risky. For example, if the Autogrow setting is enabled, the database file will increase by 1 MB with each upload. Such an action can slow down both SQL Server and SharePoint.
  • SharePoint can store a large number of PDF files that contain valuable information. With SharePoint Search, you can access the information stored in PDF files. Make sure you have iFilter installed only for those SharePoint servers running the search index role. But if you are not using “PDF iFilter” it can be harmful to you.
  • If you have disabled BLOB caching, you may face serious problems. Blob caching plays a very important role in SharePoint and improves performance.

If you have backed up SharePoint Server, you can easily restore it. But if there is no backup, you should try to repair the SharePoint database manually. There is a function in SharePoint Server 2010 to restore the configuration database. This will help you restore the farm configuration. In SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016, you can directly restore the farm configuration without restoring the configuration database.

Follow the steps to learn how to restore the SharePoint database:

  • Go to the homepage of the Central Administration. In the “Backup and Restore” section, click “Restore from a backup”.
  • Select the “Backup to Restore” page on the “Restore from Backup” screen. Select the backup job and click Next to continue the process.
  • Now choose the “Component to be repaired” page and click the checkbox next to the farm. Click Next to continue the process.
  • In the “Restore Component” section, select the Restore Options page from the “Restore from Backup” option. Note – Make sure the farm is displayed in Restore the following content list.
  • In the “Restore configuration settings only” section, select “Restore content and configuration settings”.
  • In the “Recovery options” section, select “Recovery preference type”. You must use the same configuration settings. Click OK to confirm this operation. Then click on Start Restore option.

Before you can use the above manual trick, you need to make sure that:

  • You must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the system running Central Administration.

  • You have the rights for a sysadmin server role on the database server that contains all databases.

Source by Naitik Semwaal