Understanding SharePoint 2013 Workflow Backup

SharePoint 2013

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Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Summary:  Learn about workflow backups in SharePoint Server 2013.

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SharePoint administrators must account for both the SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform and the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform when they consider backup and restore scenarios.

The SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform is integrated with SharePoint Server. When you back up SharePoint Server, or the underlying SQL Server databases, you are automatically backing up the SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform. To learn more about backup in SharePoint Server 2013, see Backup and restore SharePoint 2013.

In contrast, backing up the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform is a separate operation from backing up SharePoint Server 2013.

Like SharePoint Server, Workflow Manager stores all of its content and configuration information in a SQL Server database. An important assumption is that the SQL Server layer of both SharePoint Server and Workflow Manager are highly available services. In other words, both the SharePoint databases and Workflow Manager databases must be kept in sync. From the SharePoint administrator's perspective, Workflow Manager is a separate service that is backed up and administered in its own realm.

SharePoint backups should be coordinated with Workflow Manager backups. However, there are not any specific actions that must be performed in SharePoint Server in order to backup the SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform. For more information, see Back up workflows in SharePoint 2013 in Back up customizations in SharePoint 2013. To learn more about backup, restore, and disaster recovery for Workflow Manager, see Disaster Recovery and Scope Restore in Workflow Manager.

The information in this article applies to SharePoint Server 2013. The SharePoint 2013 Workflow platform is not supported in SharePoint Foundation 2013.