here is the scoop:
- have backups of all config and content databases
- do NOT have master and msdb backups
Need to restore baseline functionality ASAP. What is the best way to approach this?
You should be able to just add the SharePoint login to the instance with sysadmin rights, then restore the databases and start the application. SharePoint doesn't do much to the instance other than creating the "delete expired sessions" SQL Agent job. As long as the SQL server instance name is the same SharePoint should come back up.