Microsoft Teams was released more than 4 years ago, in 2017. But Teams backup options are still very limited, maintly because of the two reasons:
- Teams keep evolving and include a growing number of components that have different data types. This makes it difficult/time-consuming for backup vendors to protect all data that belongs to a team
- Microsoft 365 APIs have significant limitations related to Teams data and not all of it can be pulled and restored back via the APIs (e.g. M365 Graph API doesn't allow to restore channel messages back to the original team)
In addition to these two complications, Teams backup is a relatively small market opportunity (compared to VMware/Hyper-V) and many backup vendors elect not to invest significant resources in supporting MS Teams.
In this post we will discuss what types of data is included in Microsoft Teams, and what are the most complete Teams backup options (native as well as 3rd party tools).
If you're looking for a comparison of the best Microsoft 365 backup options that is not limited to Teams data, check this post.