We are working on a migration from an old backup product for our physical servers to the new Veeam Agent for Windows. One thing I need to replicate is our long-term retention backups - monthlies kept for a year, and yearlies kept for seven years. So, I do this with a Backup Copy job.
Here's my Backup Copy Job configuration:
Copy every day, starting at 3:00AM (the VAW jobs start at midnight).
Restore points to keep: 2 (the minimum)
Keep the following restore points for archival purposes:
Weekly - 0 (Sunday midnight)
Monthly - 12 (1st day of the month)
Quarterly - 0
Yearly - 7 (1st of January)
Read the entire restore point from source backup instead of synthesizing - checked (we use dedupe storage).
Now, ideally I only want Full backups in the copy job, but I realize that this is a square peg/round hole kind of solution, and some incrementals will get picked up. What I'm seeing, however, is that despite the setting of 2 for Restore Points to Keep, we're getting a full 30 days' worth of Incrementals in the Copy job. Is this an artifact of using the Active Full method rather than Forever Forward? Is there a change I could make to the above config that would limit the number of Incrementals that get picked up?
A few weeks ago I had a case open to answer questions on the proper configuration of this Backup Copy job, and the Veeam engineer I was chatting with seemed to think this was not expected and that I should open a case, but I wanted to run it by the forums before taking that step.