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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 17, 2022

Export / import process instances from a backup in case of disaster or loss of data

Sometimes it could happens that a process instance get lost, and we would being able to import this instance without impacting on the running instance. Let me pose 2 examples: Example 1: During a disaster a lot of instance could have been lost, but at the same otner process instances were generated and running on their own, and other instances proceeded and eventually operated on external system. In such case a restore would delete all the new process instances and reset the operation done by the remained instances. Example 2: Some completed instances have been deleted, but for business needs it is needed to keep them active for some more time before their natural cleanup. If they have been deleted by error, actually it is only possible to restore it via a backup, but this could cause a major issue (see Example 1) On both cases, for restoring few/a lot of instances, but not all, the only way to do it is restoring the DB to a consistent state. But this is a fixed point in time causing the reset of everything happened after. Having a way to do it would have more flexibility in case of disaster recovery.
Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Oct 21, 2022

    I want to add another example for which this feature would be very useful:
    In Case of a migration to a new BAW environment.

    Say you have a new BAW environment up and running but can't switch off the old one because you still have process instances in the old BAW system. Maybe you have long running instances and since you can not transfer these to the new BAW system, you must keep two productive systems running for an extended period of time until all the instances have been completed.

    Now if you have a need to keep completed process instances also in the system for an amount of time (e.g. for revision or for traceability reasons) then this period of time is becoming even longer, for which you need to run two productive BAW systems and for such a long period of time you might even get licensing problems because the dual entitlements for migration period might not be long enough.


    In this situation you would definitely want to export process instances (running or completed) from the old BAW environment and import them in the new BAW environment, so all the instance data should be accessible in the new environment after turning off the old environment. With that kind of feature you could switch off the old environment as soon as the new one is running smooth and stable.