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old retentions not being deleted

Veeam Logoby leeg123 » Mon May 22, 2017 11:44 am

Just curious is anyone else has exhibited this behavior
Recently we converted an existing backup job from incremental to reverse incremental and lowered the retention from 30 to 14 days. It seems that the job created 14 new restore points, all reverse incremental, and it able to continue to delete the older reverse incremental files. However, it seems to not delete any of the original incremental jobs. Currently, the job now has about 48 restore points.
We were thinking of just moving these files out of the current folder and submit a new full, but I was wondering if there is any way to manually delete these files and update the Veeam database.

-lee
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Re: old retentions not being deleted

Veeam Logoby DGrinev » Mon May 22, 2017 12:32 pm

Hi Lee,

Please can you confirm you have 14 backup files related to reverse incremental backup chain with extensions .VRB and the latest one .VBK?
Retention policy should delete previous backup chains right when the newly created chain reaches 14 restore points.

Anyway, you can manually delete the old incremental backup chains, including oldest ".VBK" full backup file related to the incremental backup chain.
As, you have created a new, separate backup chain by switching backup method.

Thanks!
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Re: old retentions not being deleted

Veeam Logoby leeg123 » Tue May 23, 2017 12:00 pm

We do have the 14 vrb files and the vbk
What’s odd is that the original vbk , the one associated with the incremental backups was deleted. I noticed this after I tested a quick restore from the incremental backups. That failed looking for the VBR files.
Anyway, I ended up moving the entire folder out, and submitted a full backup. Things are good now, and I can import the old files if I need to recover anything from the last 14 days

thank you. Just didn’t know if anyone else ever tried to do what I did, which is to convert an incremental into a reverse incremental, after a significant time of running under the incremental
Love Veeam. thanks again

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Re: old retentions not being deleted

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed May 24, 2017 11:32 am

leeg123 wrote:thank you. Just didn’t know if anyone else ever tried to do what I did, which is to convert an incremental into a reverse incremental, after a significant time of running under the incremental

That's a pretty common scenario, not sure what went wrong in your case. Anyway, glad it's all sorted now.
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