Retention policy

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Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:38 pm

Hi, known and work veeam in enterprise in the past and i just found out about this awesome endpoint backup. Been using it for a few days and i have one question about the retention policy.
I have it setup keep restore points for the last 5 days but i can see on my backup plan and archive that it has more than 5 days of data. When will the purge happen unless i havent understood correctly how the restore points work.

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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:44 pm

Hi Vassilis,

Have a look at this video: https://www.veeam.com/videos/backup-met ... -6251.html

I start to explain it around minute 8 (or just a bit later...)

Hope it makes more sense then

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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:51 pm

Thanks Mike for the fast response.

In my setup isn't it suppose to purge the "5 days ago" backup and make the "4 days ago" a full and just show 5 days of available backups instead of 7 bars ?
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby PTide » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:59 pm

Hi,

It keeps backups for X days except current one. In other words you have:

15th - 2 backups (counts for one day)
16th - 1
17th - 1
18th - 1
19th - 1
20th - 1

In total there are 5 days (15,16,17,18,19) + current day (20th). Tomorrow your backups from the 15th will merge together into full and replace the very first increment of day 16.

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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:04 pm

ah ok PTide, now i understand
Thank you very much all for your replies
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:39 am 2 people like this post

FYI, it did purge my old backup today so all good :)
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Herve27h » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:27 am

Hi All,
I understand previous explication but in my case, i always have old backup files on my disk.
My Policy is 30 days and i have on my disk
last backup : today
Full backup : 30sept2015 (updated at 25april2016) Ok
But all vib files between 30 sept and today
Beforehands, thank you for your answer,
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:01 pm

Hi Hervé,

Launch file level recovery and check how many restore points you see - it seems that you may have some orphaned increments left that are not related to the exising backup chain. Thanks.
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Thu May 12, 2016 3:41 pm

I think i have an orphaned file or something that i cannot pinpoint correctly on my backup.
I have "5" versions on my backup configuration.
Here is my backups now.
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The first one on the left "8 days" if you click on it you can see that it says date 4/5/2016 but the restore volume and restore files are not clickable, not enabled. is this normal ?
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Also on my folder i have a 1/5/16 file which just stays there and it doesn't purge. Am i missing something ?

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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu May 12, 2016 6:07 pm

Vassilis,

Looks like backup session and restore point are not identical (at least by creation date). Check if you see this restore point in the file level recovery wizard.
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Thu May 12, 2016 7:35 pm

Dima P. wrote:Vassilis,

Looks like backup session and restore point are not identical (at least by creation date). Check if you see this restore point in the file level recovery wizard.


Thanks for the reply Dima.
I don't understand what you want to me to see and how :?

The first available option of file lever wizard is the tab "7 days ago" where i have the "restore files" option enabled.
As i said the "8 days ago" the "restore files" option is not clickable (enable)
is this what you need me to check ?
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu May 12, 2016 10:57 pm

Vassilis,

Go to Start > Programs > Veeam and find the File Level Restore utility. Start it and check restore point dated 1/05 at the 'Restore Point' step of the wizard.
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Fri May 13, 2016 9:12 am

ok i have these. no 1/5, last one is 05/5

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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon May 16, 2016 4:16 pm

Vassilis,

Most probably, this incremental file is orphaned. However, before deleting it could you open a support case and ask our team to double check.
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Re: Retention policy

Veeam Logoby great_vc » Mon May 16, 2016 4:32 pm

I already deleted it, it is an orphan. How can i check that the remaining backups are viable ? is there a consistency check that i could run to verify my backups ?

Also, one last question. The first backup from the left (6 days ago column) has the "restore files" , "restore volume" tab not clickable

I have 5 days keep version so logically the 6 days ago should not be there or it is marked as last one therefore thats why the buttons are not enabled ?
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