Retention policy and INC backup

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Retention policy and INC backup

Veeam Logoby bahooo » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:17 pm

I have a really quick question but it is a little bit detail.
When I set 3 retention points on my backup job, is it gonna delete older backups before or after backup third one?
because if I set retention points on my active backup time, I should leave big space to backup everything. but maybe it deletes before backing up on last day of retention policy.

Maybe we have a person who already tested and experienced it.
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Re: Retention policy and INC backup

Veeam Logoby jmmarton » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:50 pm

Assuming you are using forward incrementals, the merge & transform process happens after the backup runs. In other words the backup occurs, creating a new incremental, then the oldest incremental is removed. The full process is outlined here.

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Re: Retention policy and INC backup

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:08 pm

Even with reversed incrementals retention policy is applied at the end of the job run, making sure you have enough restore points to be compliant with a configured retention policy.
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