Backup Plan Chain Explained

A backup chain is a configured sequence of backup or restore plans (only a backup plan can be the leading backup chain link), in which the completion of a backup plan can be used as a trigger for starting the specified backup or restore plan. The backup chain can be configured using the Backup plan wizards.

How to Create a Backup Plan Chain

To create a backup chain during the backup plan creation or editing on the Pre/Post actions step of the backup plan wizard select the Execute following plan after backup completes: check box, then select a backup or restore plan to run if specified conditions are met.

Configure the conditions:

  • Execute the specified plan only if backup has been successfully completed. Select this option to start the specified backup or restore plan only in case of successful completion of this backup plan
  • Execute the specified plan regardless of the backup result. Select this option to start the specified backup or restore plan in any case. In case you specified a chained backup plan, you can force the full backup for this plan to run for it regardless of the backup plan settings and content in the backup storage. To do this, select the Force full backup for the chained plan.

To learn more about the full backup type, refer to the Full Backup chapter