Backing up and restoring Teams forms part of our Microsoft 365 service offering. You can backup and recover teams, channels, posts, files and tabs. For more on what functionality we support, click here. For our recommendations for protecting Teams for Education, click here.
- To add a backup set and do a first recovery, you need to be both a RedApp company administrator, and a Microsoft 365 global administrator for your tenant organisation. To do subsequent recoveries, you only need to be a RedApp company administrator and a Microsoft 365 product administrator.
- Default retention for M365 is two full months of daily backups and two months of roll-ups. This can be extended - please contact your account manager.
Use the guide below to manage your Teams backups.
Watch our video or follow the steps below.
1. In the RedApp, locate the relevant customer name in the sidebar and click on it.
2. To add a new backup set, go to Microsoft 365 in the sidebar on the left.
3. Click Add at the top right.
4. Select Teams and click Sign in.
5. You will now need to sign into Microsoft 365 and provide Redstor with permission to access your data. Click Accept.
Note: If you encounter an "Access denied" error, click here.
6. You can now make your backup selection. By default, all teams will be selected for backup. To retain this selection and proceed, click Add. You can also enable Include new accounts added to ensure that future additions to this tenant are automatically added to the backup selection.
You can deselect the teams you do not wish to back up, or deselect all and select only the teams you want to back up. Note that it may take a few moments for all teams to load. Once you are satisfied with your selection, click Add to proceed.
7. You will now see the home page for your new backup set, and its name will appear in the sidebar. To queue a backup immediately, click on the menu icon and select Backup.
Note: Version history will not be backed up.
You can monitor the progress of your backup at the top of the home page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You will receive a message under Notifications > Recent when the backup completes.
To see a complete history of your notifications and tasks, click See all.
You can also view an audit trail of all activities and which users performed them by clicking on the icon at the top right.
You can customise which columns you see on the backup set home page by going to Customise display.
8. To make changes to this backup set, go to Backup selection > Edit.
9. Make your changes and click Save, or click Backup to back up your new selection immediately.
1. On the home page for the relevant team, click on Backup selection > Edit.
2. Select/deselect the site(s) you want to add to/remove from this backup set and click Save. (You can also use the Search field to find a specific site.) Click Save to save your changes or Backup to back up the new selection immediately. To discard your changes, click Cancel.
3. The number of teams selected will be shown under Backup selection on the backup set's home page.
Note: Accounts that have been removed from the backup selection are still retained on the Storage Platform until you request that they be permanently deleted. Read more here.
1. On the home page for the relevant backup set, click on Backup schedule > Edit.
2. Select the days on which you would like backups to run, as well as a backup time. You can choose between daily and custom backups.
- For daily backups, select the number of backups per day (1 or 3). In the case of 3 backups per day, the backups will run at the specified backup time, as well as 8 hours after and 16 hours after the specified time. For example, if the specified time is 08:00, backups will run at 08:00, 16:00, and 00:00. Running multiple daily backups instead of a single daily backup will not incur additional costs.
Note: Multiple daily backups is only available as part of our M365 Premium edition. If you do not see the option to schedule multiple daily backups, you are on a legacy pricing plan. If you would like to enable multiple daily backups, please speak to your account manager about upgrading.
- For custom backups, select the days and time that you want your backups to run.
3. Click the check mark at the top right to save your settings.
1. On the home page for the relevant Teams backup set, locate the team you wish to recover. Click on the menu icon and select Recover.
You can also select multiple teams to recover.
2. When recovering, you can choose between the following options:
- Overwrite recovers the team's data to its original location, overwriting whatever is present there.
- New folder recovers the team's data to a new team site containing all of the original channels. The new site's name will contain the letter R and the backup date's timestamp. Each channel's restored messages will appear in a OneNote folder with the backup timestamp as its name. Each channel's Files tab will contain its restored files.
- Recover using InstantData generates a shareable link that can be used to recover the site's data. Watch our video or follow the steps below to proceed.
To recover with InstantData, go to the home page for the relevant Teams backup set and locate the team you wish to recover. Click on the menu icon and go to Recover > Recover using InstantData.
On the screen that follows, the Copy option on the right to share a link to the InstantData application, or Download the application immediately.
Run the application on the machine where you wish to recover the data. Select between Permanent and Temporary recovery, then simply drag and drop files from the application into your File Explorer to recover them.
Note: You will need to authenticate before any recovery. Metadata and permissions are not restored.
To recover an individual item, first click on the menu icon and select Open to expand the relevant team.
Then drill down and make your selection. Click Recover when you are ready.
You can also select a specific backup date to recover, and then select All to recover everything from that backup.
Use the Search field to find a specific item to recover.
In the case of an Overwrite or New folder recovery, you can monitor the progress of your recovery at the top of the home page or under Notifications > Tasks.
You will receive a message under Notifications > Recent when the recovery completes.
1. On the home page for the relevant Teams backup set, click on the menu icon to expand more options, then click Remove.
2. Confirm the deletion by clicking Remove.
1. On the home page for the relevant Teams backup set, click on the menu icon to expand more options, then click Rename.
2. Enter the new name for the backup set and click the check mark.