sheath777 wrote:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication
teknomage wrote:I have created a job two backup my two VMs (I've tried forward and reverse incremental) and ran the job manually once per RDX drive for a couple of cycles. In my testing, I have run the job three times per cartridge (nine times total) and even through I have my retention policy set to 2, I I now have three .vbk files on my cartridges. At no point did I see the backup job clear out the backup folder I have defined.
Well, the whole idea behind the rotated media is that you have the job create backup files on the external drive, then you take the drives offsite. Of course, you still want the backup files on the drives you take offsite, so I am not sure why you expect them to be deleted from your cartridges at this point.
I don't know how RDX works, but assuming "cartridges" are separate folders/volumes/locations on the device, the deletion will happen if you do something like this:
1. Run the job against Cartridge 1, this will create some backup files there. Take the cartridge offsite once full, or as needed.
2. Run the job against Cartridge 2, this will create some backup files there (including the new full backup), take the cartridge offsite.
3. Run the job against Cartridge 3, this will create some backup files there (including the new full backup), take the cartridge offsite.
4. No more cartridges left in the device, so you bring Cartridge 1 (with the oldest backups) from the offsite location back to your office, and plug it back in.
5. Run the job against Cartridge 1 again. The job will not see any backup files from the previous step 3 on this cartridge, understand that this is some old cartridge that you now want to be reused, and will clean it up from any existing files automatically.
Normally, people just use external USB or eSATA hard drives for this purpose. This is what we ourselves were doing at Veeam in the early days.
Does it make sense?