How does TFS backup scheduling tool handle collection add/delete/detach?

We are used to creating collections upon request. This implies collections would be created/attached/detached continuously.

What is the impact of these on TFS backup plan?
Does it see new collections or should we re-configure each time?
What about detached collections?

I took some time to probe this. This is what I did. Firstly I scheduled a backup plan.


I have a simple TFS setup. There are no SharePoint or Reporting databases (these aren’t usually affected by collection level activities). Three databases are backed up

    1. Tfs_Configuration
    2. Tfs_DefaultCollection
    3. Tfs_Warehouse


I waited for some time to confirm the backups run fine.

Then I added another collection – backup_test.


But that collection is not listed in the wizard. We still see only the three initial databases.


So should we add it? – By manually reconfiguring the backup plan? That would be tedious and also would create new backupset.xml.
Luckily no – we don’t have to.
We should wait for the next scheduled job – in my case a transactional backup in another 3 minutes.

And voila! Once the transaction job is kicked off – the new collection is added to the existing plan.


If you look into the backup folder you will see that it took a full backup of the new collection first and then the transaction log (instead of just the transaction). This is to maintain the SQL backup relationship between a full backup and a transaction/differential backup – the LSN continuity.

Moving forward this database would be backed just like the other databases in the plan.

The same behavior can be seen in a TFS collection delete or detach. The backup plan would modify itself when its next job is kicked off.

PS - Do note this doesn’t apply to Reporting or SharePoint database. Tool doesn’t pick new databases, while a delete of the databases listed in the plan may break the backup schedule. You would have to re-configure the plan to make changes.


Content created by – Venkata Narasimhan
Content reviewed by – Romit Gulati

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