The capability of Files Restore will be available for both Teams and the online version of SharePoint to tenancies in Office 365, according to Microsoft in an announcement made on April 22.
Throughout the next few weeks, organisations dubbed “Targeted Release” possessing a subscription to Office 365 and opting to receive product updates will be provided with Files Restore. Microsoft has committed to delivering the feature to all tenancies in Office 365 by the close of May 2019.
The availability of Files Restore for Teams and SharePoint was first announced in 2018 at the annual Microsoft Ignite Conference held in Orlando, Florida.
Files Restore – How it works
Files Restore is a useful tool for IT professionals enabling them to return a document library in SharePoint to a past state within a range of 30 days. It has been developed as “self-service” solution for content recovery. Site owners will be afforded a new option in their settings panel titled: “Restore this library”.
There are two options for restoring data: a handy slider can be used to reverse the state of the document library one day at a time, or if the specific date is known this can be selected to snap back directly to the state required.
Microsoft highlighted occasions when Files Restore could be invaluable in its recent announcement, listing malware attacks, corrupted files and errors by end users when files are accidentally deleted.
The document library within SharePoint is a common component of many applications in Office 365 which means that Files Restore also provides protection for a number of shared files in Teams, Yammer groups and Outlook Groups.
Microsoft – Supporting IT professionals and protecting their organisations
Microsoft is dedicated to providing protection against loss of content and delivering new features and capabilities to IT Pros safeguarding their organisation’s data.
Senior Product Manager at Microsoft Mark Kashman stated in the recent announcement regarding Files Restore:
“Data loss is non-negotiable. Period. As innovation in the cloud drives business value, it delivers new capabilities to the IT professionals and site admins who work tirelessly to support, configure, administer, and secure their organizations’ and teams’ content. And it is important that you are empowered to recover from accidental deletions or version issues at the speed business productivity requires.”
Organisations that require restoring data to a state further back than the 30-day maximum that Files Restore makes possibl, will need the further support of the Backup and Restore component.
The first Office 365 app to receive Files Restore was OneDrive for Business in January 2019. While Files restore capability in the OneDrive application puts control with the end users, in SharePoint it is controlled by site owners and administrators.
If you’re currently using collaborative software from Microsoft at your company and have questions and concerns about recovering lost data you can get in touch with our team at WM Reply. Skilled specialists in SharePoint we’re always on hand delivering solutions to your business problems with Microsoft technology.