How to Repair ‘SharePoint Config database’ Error

By | June 3, 2016

SharePoint Config databaseGenerally users while using SharePoint server, they come across several error like “Cannot connect to the configuration database”. Such type of error messages comes to user because of improper usage of SharePoint server database. However such type of error messages can come to any user at any time and therefore it becomes important to keep a backup of SharePoint config database.

However the reason behind this error message you will get from stack trace. This is an information explorer by computer which is running with SharePoint server and this will let you know about the exact reason behind error messages. Well if you don’t have backup available of SharePoint database then you should take the help of powerful software which can repair the SharePoint database and can recover the database which are damaged. Excellent software will help to fix the SharePoint Config database error and all database elements will be restored.

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List of Errors of SharePoint Server Corruption

Microsoft SharePoint Server content database may get corrupt due several of reasons that affect its proper function. Let us know some of the error messages that displayed in MS SharePoint Server.

Error1: “Event ID: 2442 Description: The index was paused. Context: Application ‘SharedServices3, Catalog ‘AnchorProject’”

If there is corruption to the content database index in SharePoint Server then this error message gets displayed. And when this happens then you will not be able to access the database. As per the error appeared, you have to fix the cause of the problem. This error takes place due to corrupt database index.

Error 2: “Event ID:74 Description: An index corruption of type was detected in catalog . Stack trace is ”

This error gets displayed when there is an involvement of Mssearch.exe which is related to the search queries and search crawls. The reasons behind this error are corrupt database index that occurs due to disk crash or failure or any other issue with the disk. The other reasons behind this error are due to SharePoint content database index corruption.

Error 3: Event ID: 71 Description: Content index on could not be initialized. Error .

This error get displayed after performing the Mssearch.exe process and at the same time, SharePoint foundation move both activities and query of the crawl components backward. This affects the proper function of SharePoint Server. The reasons behind this error are: index files is damaged or corrupt, no index files are available on the drive or due to low memory.

Error 4: “Event ID: 2588 Description: The index location for component for application is invalid: ”

When SharePoint Server fails to identify the index of the database then this error gets displayed. This happens due to change in the location of the index or when there is no permission granted to create index folder. The reasons behind this error are: Index is corrupt or not available and lack of permission to create index folder.

These are some of the lists of errors, however, there could other similar error messages that can lead to improper function of Microsoft SharePoint. But, in order to prevent such error message and data loss you must repair your SharePoint database with the help of SharePoint Database File Repair Tool.

SharePoint Backup and Recovery Best Practices

Following best practices is must, if you want the best performance at lowest resource usage. Backup and restore process can consume server resources and also limit the performance of the server.  But, if you follow the below mentioned best practices then it will increase the performance of the servers, resource utilization will decrease and the backup and restore process will increase.

Minimize the latency between SQL Server and Backup Location – The best for backup is to use the local drive on the database server instead of using the network drive. Later, the data copied can be transferred to a shared folder on the network. But if you use the network drive, the database will perform faster with 1 millisecond or less latency, but the most backup process will consume all I/O available resources. So, in order to avoid complete I/O resource utilization perform the main backup process to the different drive from the drive running SQL Server.

Smaller the content database faster the recovery – If your databases file size is smaller the recovery can be done very faster. Therefore, it is recommended, if possible, try to make multiple content database backup for Web application instead of creating one big content database.

Prevent processing conflicts – Try to make staggered backups so that not all databases are backed up at the same time. Also, avoid backup process when any users need access to the system.

Always go for incremental backups for bigger database – If you are making a backup of any larger database then you must go for incremental backup as it can be restore quickly and more successfully than full backups.

About SharePoint Server Repair Tool

SharePoint Server Repair Tool is particularly designed to repair corrupted or damaged SharePoint database or SQL server files to restore all vital information saved on your SharePoint Server. It can easily retrieve all data and documents from the corrupted SharePoint database. This tool helps you to perform a quick SharePoint repair and recover crucial or all content database related to particular Web application and its site collections. It allows administrators or users to extract SharePoint databases such as documents, table, indexes, labels, media files and other objects from inaccessible MDF files. The software comes with preview option through which user can check the files before final recovery. Just download and install the SharePoint file repair software and repair and recover data from damaged or corrupted SharePoint database.


Features of SharePoint File Repair Tool:

Provide “Complete Repair” option – This tool provide “Complete Repair” option that recover SharePoint content database such as content of all sites, documents, videos, images, etc. It effectively restores all tables stored in your SharePoint database.

Repairs and Recover .MDF database of the SharePoint Server – SharePoint saves all its contents such as site collection, media files, documents, etc in SQL database (.mdf files). If there is any damage to .mdf file then it will lead to SharePoint data loss. This tool repairs all corruption of the MDF file and recovers all SharePoint data.

Provide ‘Document Recovery’ Option – With the help of this repair and recover SharePoint database one can restore all document files stored in SharePoint Database. The software recovers and displays all document file in the chosen content database and from there one can recover particular documents.

Looks for SharePoint Databases – The software comes with “Search File” option that allows users to find MS SQL MDF stored in specific hard drive of your system. One can also search subfolder within folder to quickly search out the specific SharePoint file for recovery.

Allows Preview of SharePoint Data for Recovery – Once the scanning completes the software display the recovered content. Here, users can preview the recovered files. It helps users to check the files so that they can restore the correct file and save them on computer. It helps in saving precious time of the users.

Provide uploading of files to SharePoint Server – This tool comes with an option that helps user to attach the restored database files directly to the web application on the server. It also helps in saving the precious time that may be needed to upload files again to the SharePoint Sever.

View and Save Log Option – The tool keeps records of all activities and maintains a log report that was performed during repair and recovery process. It allows you to view this log reports or save it as a “.txt” to view it later. One can also clear this report at nay pint of time.

Steps to Recover Corrupted SharePoint Database

Step 1 – Download and Install SharePoint File Repair Tool on your system. Launch the software and you will see the interface and shown in the image below. You can select either ‘Complete Repair’ or ‘Document Recovery’.


Step 2 – With ‘Complete Repair’, the screen shows options to select and find SQL Server (.MDF) files. Use ‘Search File’ option if you don’t know actual path of the database. Now click on ‘Scan’ to start scanning.


Step 3 – Once the scan process complete, the tool will create a tree of all SharePoint database tables will be demonstrated in the left pane. The sample will be in the right pane. Now click on ‘Repair’ to inaugurate repairing for preferred database.


Step 4 – When you click on ‘Repair’, the below dialog box will get displayed. Specify the SQL Server name/Instance name and the desired destination path. Click ‘Browse‘ to select the destination path. Click ‘OK‘.


Step 5 – After completion of the process, a message will be displayed like ‘Recovered file saved at the desired location’. Now hit ‘OK’ button.


Step 6 – Another dialog box will ask you to attach repaired database to the web application. If you click ‘Yes’ button then below dialogue box will appear. Now enter application URL, name of the damaged database and SQL server instance name and then continue by pressing ‘OK’. When it’s done, repaired database will be available.