Recover OneNote files from OneDrive or SharePoint With NetApp SaaS Backup

The days of writing and managing notes with Microsoft Notepad are behind us. Now, users collect their notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries in Microsoft OneNote. These notes can then be shared with other OneNote users over the internet. OneNote saves information in pages organized into sections or section groups within notebooks. Microsoft designed the user interface to resemble a binder into which the user can make notes directly. The file format for OneNote files has the .one extension, and the notebook is stored as a folder with a separate data file for each section.

NetApp SaaS Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is a SaaS data protection service that protects business-critical data hosted on Office 365 and includes support for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Groups, Teams and OneNote.

It has been widely adopted and is continuously evolving to meet the needs of our customers. Based on the adoption of new Office365 apps and services, NetApp has added features to SaaS backup that help you protect your data by storing a second copy for recovery whenever needed at any granularity required.

In our recent update, we have added OneNote support. This support enables you to protect your OneNote files stored in both OneDrive and SharePoint.

Figure 1: Notebook folder in SaaS Backup for OneNote files

Notebook folder in SaaS Backup for OneNotte files

Figure 2: OneNote files within notebooks folder

OneNote files within notebooks folder

Note: The notebooks and section groups are displayed as folders in the SaaS Backup UI.

Backups performed by SaaS Backup are always at the top hierarchical level, which means that all the changes since the last incremental backup are captured when an incremental backup is triggered. However, restores can be performed are at various granularities. In the case of OneNote files, restores can be performed at the Notebook level, the Section group level, or the Section level. SaaS backup also provides in-place and out-of-place restores.

The backup settings can be controlled with the Settings option and backup is enabled by default for all new and existing customers.

Enable OneNote Backup

Note: If this setting is disabled, no OneNote files are backed up, starting with subsequent backups. However, existing backup files remain available for restore.

If end-users are using the browser app for accessing OneNote, then the section names might be displayed as untitled until they use the desktop app and sync the content. After the end-user uses the desktop app, the section name is updated in the subsequent incremental backup within SaaS backup. This is not a limitation of SaaS backup.Note: If this setting is disabled, no OneNote files are backed up, starting with subsequent backups. However, existing backup files remain available for restore. 

If you are an existing customer, notebooks from OneDrive and SharePoint are backed up without any manual intervention. SaaS backup automates the majority of these capabilities, which is one of the things that customers like about the software. In this case, all content is captured.

Various other enhancements have been added to the service in the recent update including the Export to Data and Export to PST links in the job's details page, automatic tiering of deleted users and sites in Deprovisioned tab, and so on.

Figure 3 presents a list of new features added in the most recent update.

Figure 3: New features.

New features

Now you know how easy the backup and restore process for OneNote files can be. If you would like to protect your Microsoft Office 365 data, sign up for a free 30-day trial now and access all of the features that NetApp SaaS Backup for Office 365 offers.

For more information, visit the NetApp SaaS backup for Office 365 website. Also, stay tuned for upcoming feature updates in the coming months.