What’s a Team Made Up Of?
The “Team” itself is a front for a host of different services that all have a part to play in how you operate and collaborate.
Office 365 Group: Not to be confused with an Exchange Group (think “Teams,” but in e-mail), Office 365 Groups is the membership service that lives in the background. When you create a new Team, you are also creating an Office 365 Membership group in Azure Active Directory that can then be used throughout Office 365 in other capacities.
SharePoint Online: This is where Microsoft Teams files are stored. When you upload a file into a Channel, it’s stored in a SharePoint Online site collection that’s provisioned specifically for use with that Team.
All of the Channels are then broken up into separate folders within a document library and are able to be browsed via Teams or directly within SharePoint. Permissions are set such that everyone who is a member or owner of the Team has equal access to the content.
Exchange: There are quite a few facets of Exchange that operate beneath the hood in Microsoft Teams. Because of this, it’s recommended that Teams users have an active Exchange Online license; however, a hybrid Exchange deployment works as well.
Exchange is responsible for the calendar and scheduling component of Teams, and stores both the channel thread conversations and one-to-one or one-to-many chats.
Planner: A team-based collaboration service wouldn’t be complete without a task management and planning solution. Microsoft Planner provides just that. It’s tied to a Team upon provisioning and stores individual task “cards” on its backend.
OneNote: Much like Planner provides unified task management, OneNote provides a unified online notebook for joint notetaking and can be used in a multitude of ways.
Why Should I Back Up Microsoft Teams?
If this deletion is carried out intentionally, the hope is that this would have been communicated to members of the Team beforehand; however, this is not always the case. A Team can be restored within 30 days by an administrator, but after that the content is permanently lost. This is why being able to carry out Microsoft Teams backups is so vital.
How Can I Back Up Microsoft Teams?
The only way left to look is at options offered by third-party vendors. There are a few differentiating factors when looking: SaaS or on-premise; the type of security, scope and scale, etc. But when looking for support for Microsoft Teams, the real question is, “Can you back up everything?”
As previously mentioned, Teams has a lot of moving parts. There are vendors that specialize in SharePoint backups, Exchange backups, or both. Teams is the sum of those services and then some. What becomes most important is maintaining the interconnectivity between the services. This is where we can help.