Archive Administration


The most important actions relating to data archiving take place in the Archive Administration (transaction SARA).

The definition of an archiving object determines which actions are possible for the archiving object. Consequently, all the following archiving functions are not always offered in Archive Administration.



Enables you to schedule and run preprocessing programs. Preprocessing programs prepare data objects for archiving, for example, by setting a deletion indicator. See Scheduling Preprocessing.


Enables you to schedule and run a write program to create archive files. The program copies the relevant data objects sequentially to the archive files that were previously created. See Creating Archive Files.


Enables you to schedule and run delete programs. Data objects that were successfully imported into the archive file created are deleted from the database. See Deleting Data from the Database.


Enables you to schedule and run postprocessing programs. Postprocessing programs carry out operations following an archiving session, such as updating statistics. See Scheduling Postprocessing.


Enables you to schedule and run a program that reads and analyzes archived data. See Reading Archive Files.


Enables an index to be built or deleted for existing archive files. The index is required to display individual documents belonging to several archiving objects. See Building an Index and Deleting an Index.

Storage System

Enables archive files to be transferred to a connected storage system and enables stored archive files to be retrieved from a storage system. See Storing Archive Files and Retrieving Stored Archive Files.


Offers an overview of archiving sessions for one archiving object. From here, you can display and analyze object-specific management information. See Archive Administration: Overview of Archiving Sessions and Calling Archive Session Management.

Further Functions

Depending on the action you have selected, you can use Goto and Environment on the menu to access the following menu options, or you can access them directly from the application bar:

?       (documentation): Access to the archiving-object-specific documentation in the SAP Library

?      Network Graphic

?      Reload

?      Customizing

?      Job Overview: Offers an overview of all archiving jobs and the functions available for processing them.

?      Logs

?      Management

?      Stored Files: Enables you to search for stored archive files according to various selection criteria

?      Database Tables

?      Infosystem

?      Statistics

?      Interrupting and Continuing

?      Check/Delete: Cross-archiving-object check and delete function - available via Environment.


You can call the Archive Administration:

?      By entering the transaction SARA in the command field

?      By choosing Tools  ® Administration  ® Management ® Data Archiving

?      Directly from the application

If you choose an archiving function in the application, the relevant archiving object is automatically specified in Archive Administration. Otherwise, you must specify it manually.