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Old VMs and retention policy

Post by GabesVirtualWorld » Jan 28, 2019 9:09 am

Hi,
We're migrating VMs from Hyper-V 2012R2 to 2016. We do this using VEEAM Replication. Now, I would like to be sure what the best way is to handle the VMs in the backup jobs and keep the old copies.

OldVM is in daily backup job with 14 restore points. Remove deleted VMs after 14 days.
OldVM is in Copy Job with 3 restore points, 4 week backups, 12 month, 0 quartly, 15 year backups. Remove deleted VMs after = NOT SET.

When I now remove the oldVM from the backup job, I expect it to be removed after 14 days if there are no successful backups for the past 14 days. ( https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... l?ver=95u4 ).

But what will happen for the Copy Job? Will the 15 year backups be preserved? Since there is no policy set to remove deleted VMs, I'd guess that the GFS backups will be preserved. Will the GFS still be maintained even though the VM doesn't exist anymore? So after 12 months, the first monthly will be removed. And after 5 weeks the first week backup will be removed?

Gabrie

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Re: Old VMs and retention policy

Post by foggy » Jan 28, 2019 10:21 am

Hi Gabrie, GFS restore points are not affected by deleted VMs retention setting, GFS retention will work normally for them regardless of whether 'Remove deleted items data' check box is enabled or not.

Just keep in mind that prior to U4 there was an issue with deleted VMs retention for regular jobs in case of per-VM backup chains.

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Re: Old VMs and retention policy

Post by DGrinev » Jan 28, 2019 10:24 am

GabesVirtualWorld wrote:
Jan 28, 2019 9:09 am
So after 12 months, the first monthly will be removed. And after 5 weeks the first week backup will be removed?
That's correct, when the archived RPs will exceed GFS retention value it will remove the earliest one. Thanks!

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Re: Old VMs and retention policy

Post by GabesVirtualWorld » Jan 28, 2019 11:12 am

Thank you for the replies

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