Koen Verbeeck (9/30/2015)
Seems like a certification question 😀
Didn't know you could switch order, so I learned something.
You can't switch order. All the correct options restore the backups in proper sequence.
In a "normal" backup schema, the same alternative method can be used but it will be more work.
Example: Weekly full backup (Sun 2:00 AM). Daily differential (Mon-Sat 2:00 AM). Hourly log backup (every full hour).
To restore up to Friday 3:15 PM, you would first do the last full, the then Fri 2:00 AM differential, then all hourlies in sequence and finally the tail-log backup.
But if the Friday 2:00 AM differential turns out to be unusable (media failure), you can instead do full - Thu 2:00 AM diff - all log backups since. That will be a full 24 extra log backups to restore, so more work and more time required - but at least you have your data.