Important changes to SharePoint Backup

We’d like to make you aware of some recent changes to SharePoint backup procedures that may impact your backups within CloudCover 365. Microsoft has implemented changes that will now affect the backup of certain SharePoint components, particularly DWP (Data Web Parts), after May 2024.

To ensure continuity in your backup processes, we strongly advise taking proactive measures, including running a specific PowerShell command provided by Microsoft.

Understanding the Change

The upcoming changes by Microsoft will render us unable to back up DWP (Data Web Parts) after May 2024.

DWP encompasses links or connections within SharePoint sites that direct users to external resources such as documents or emails. While the actual content (e.g., emails) and SharePoint sites will still be backed up, the links guiding users to these resources from SharePoint will no longer be preserved.

Example of DWP

Consider the scenario where a SharePoint page includes a link to documents or emails. While the emails and SharePoint content itself will be backed up, the links directing users to these resources from SharePoint (the DWP) will not be included in the backup.

Impact on Backup Processes

If you do not address this change, CloudCover365 may encounter difficulties saving Change Tokens for the affected SharePoint site.

Permanently Fixing the Issue

To address this issue and ensure the protection of custom script settings, Microsoft recommends running the following PowerShell commands:

Get-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -ListAvailable | Select Name,Version

Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell

Update-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell

Connect-SPOService -Url

Set-SPOTenant -DelayDenyAddAndCustomizePagesEnforcement $True

Get-SPOTenant | fl “DelayDenyAddAndCustomizePagesEnforcement”

And then if we run Get-SPOTenant | fl “DelayDenyAddAndCustomizePagesEnforcement”

We should see an output of “True”, this means it has taken effect.

By executing this command, administrators can ensure that custom script settings remain intact, and allow CloudCover365 to continue its backup operations without interruptions.

If running the above script is not an option, organisations will need to upgrade from legacy web parts to modern web parts. By transitioning to modern web parts, organisations can ensure compatibility with future updates and maintain seamless operations beyond May 2024.

If you have any questions or require further assistance implementing this change, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team via the service desk or online chat.