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How can I remove old backups?

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I wanted to purge old backups from my backup server, so I deleted the unneeded files. How can I get Veeam to recognize that these files are gone and remove them from it's database without deleting the whole backup set?
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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Drew, if you right-click the corresponding backup under Backups node in Veeam Backup tree, there will be two options: one removes just backup record from the configuration database, and another one (Delete from Disk) does the same plus in addition it deletes actual backup files from the disk.
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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Doesn't that remove all backups from the set, though? I just want to remove the backups that I deleted (1 full synthetic and a few VRBs), not the entire backup set.
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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Drew, this task it better to perform by adjusting retention policy in the advanced job settings and reducing the number of restore points to keep - letting Veeam Backup remove unnecessary points automatically on the next run - instead of deleting files manually. But you can still do this right now, it should not be a problem that actual files are already removed - Veeam Backup would just remove the records from configuration database.
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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That will work. Thanks for your help.
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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I have set the retension period to 14 days but it still keeps more than that
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Re: How can I remove old backups?

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Mark, please follow the link: "Restore points to keep" being ignored?
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