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Delete Restore Points

Post by etretout » Jan 13, 2010 10:11 am

Hy,

My HDD is full and I want to make free space. I show that I have 3 or 4 restore points in all backup.

How can i delete some restore points.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jan 13, 2010 11:04 am

Hello Emmanuel,

You can reduce the retention policy value at advanced settings of your job configuration, that will automatically remove the oldest restore points for your backups.

Please be aware that retention policy check is performed at the end of the job, so if you're not able to run the job rigth now due to lack of free space, you may delete just the oldest VRB file (the last available restore point) manually at the destination storage and re-run the job, this restore point will also be deleted from the Veeam SQL configuration DB automatically with retention policy as soon as your job finishes successfully.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by marius roma » Mar 15, 2014 11:00 am

Can I delete old .vib and .vbk files if I am sure I don't need them?
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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by v.Eremin » Mar 15, 2014 11:36 am

Reduce the number of restore points kept by the given job and let retention policy do it work. Thanks.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by Vitaliy S. » Mar 15, 2014 1:38 pm

Marius, deleting restore points manually is highly not recommended, as you might end up with orphaned restore point entries in the SQL configuration database.

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[MERGED] : Free Space in repository

Post by wiz » Jun 16, 2014 7:34 am

Hello,
I use Veeam Backup & Replication to backup my Vmware infrastructure. I have a problem : one of my virtual machines is big (3To). My backup repository is often Full ( How can I delete old backups without loosing all backup datas)?

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by v.Eremin » Jun 16, 2014 8:06 am

Specify shorter retention policy and let it delete old restore points automatically. Thanks.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by wiz » Jun 16, 2014 8:49 am

Hello,
Can I delete manually some restore points?

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by v.Eremin » Jun 16, 2014 8:56 am

What backup method you're using? Reversed or forward incremental one? In the latter case, how many are there restore points, counting from the latest full backup and what restore points you want to delete? Thanks.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by foggy » Jun 16, 2014 11:32 am

As it is stated above, it is not recommended to delete backup files manually, but let retention algorithm to handle that. However, if you need to free up some space to let backups complete successfully, you can remove older restore points manually, though they will still remain in the SQL configuration database as an available restore points (until flushed away by retention). If you are using reverse incremental backup mode, just delete the oldest .VRB files by their modified date. For forward incremental mode, you have to remove the oldest .VBK along with all the corresponding .VIB files.

To address space issues, it is recommended to configure built-in Veeam B&R space notifications or use one of the Veeam ONE predefined reports - Capacity Planning for backup repositories.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by kkuszek » Jul 08, 2015 8:25 pm

So what if I want to delete *specific* restore points.
For example, what if I want to keep the oldest one, but delete some specific incremental points in between?
Veeam has restore points not restore point age (aka 30 points not 30 days of backups) so it isn't always consistently aligned with my retention. Yes it's about storage space but I would prefer to be able to pick and choose "this was an important day, I want to delete backups to make space from the rest of the week but keep this day"etc.
Sometimes there are specific needs. Is there no way to browse restore points and delete a specific one for a specific machine?

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by v.Eremin » Jul 09, 2015 9:21 am

For example, what if I want to keep the oldest one, but delete some specific incremental points in between?
Is it a full backup you're talking about? Or you're willing to preserve some old incremental point? By the way, what backup mode is being used?

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by tdewin » Feb 09, 2017 6:34 pm

kkuszek wrote: For example, what if I want to keep the oldest one, but delete some specific incremental points in between?
Remember they are incremental backups not differential backups. In a backup chain, they are all linked together and dependent on each other. Well actually the one furthest away from the full is dependent on the whole chain. Deleting files in the middle would corrupt the chain. In other words, one increment is not necessarily dependent on the VBK/full directly but rather on the chain.

Anyway what you propose would require to rebuild the next point in the chain to store unique changes that are not in the parent which is not possible.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by mkaec » Feb 13, 2017 2:29 pm

Being able to manually delete restore points is a feature I would like to one day see included in the product. If someone is seeking this functionality, there is a good chance that there is already an out of space situation. So, changing the retention settings and running a backup isn't likely to work. We see from this thread that it is possible to manually delete restore points by messing with the files, but we also see there are lots of opportunities for error. I myself lost an entire backup chain once trying to manually to delete some old restore points.

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Re: Delete Restore Points

Post by DGrinev » Feb 13, 2017 3:28 pm

Hi Marc,

It is always high risk of broken chains, especially when you try delete restore point in the middle of the backup chain.
There are a few tools in Veeam ONE to avoid situations when you are running out of free disk space unexpectedly:
1. Capacity planning for backup repositories.
2. Setup alarms to be aware of low disk space in advance.

Thanks!

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