11/09/2010 Update: Sean McDonough has written about “Configuration-Only Backup and Restore in SharePoint 2010” on his blog. I highly recommend you check it out if you are interested in ensuring your SharePoint 2010 farm configuration is documented.
I was reading through a forum post this evening from a user in the SharePoint community that was asking how to go about restoring a MOSS farm to another environment. The OP described his attempt to backup and restore his farm using the in-built recovery tools within Central Administration, and I answered the query initially by offering up the backup and restore SQL tools as an alternate method of taking a full fidelity farm backup (which I have used in the past with success). Continue reading