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Retention period

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:47 pm
by patrickwilson82
Can anyone tell me how to set the retention period, like how you can with the Windows version? I have some incremental backups going back to 1/3 for one of my servers, but the only full backup I still have was from today, January 17th. I don't want anything older than one week.

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 2:16 pm
by PTide
Hi,

Unlike VAW, VAL retention works the same way as in VBR - it represents number of points, not days. Set the retention number to [times the job runs a day] * [number of days]. Also, would you elaborate on:
but the only full backup I still have was from today, January 17th
Do you have two separate backup chains (two full backups)?

Thanks

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 2:58 pm
by patrickwilson82
No, I only have one full chain.

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 3:55 pm
by patrickwilson82
I also have another server that has incremental backups going back to December. But only one full backup, which was made yesterday.

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 4:14 pm
by PTide
Just to make sure that we're on the same page - Veeam Agent for Linux is supposed to create a chain that has full backup in the beginning with incremental going forward in time, not vice versa. In other words, your full backup file (.vbk) is supposed to be the oldest file in the chain. The chain that you've described looks like reverse incremental which is impossible for Agents.

Thanks

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:36 pm
by patrickwilson82
I can do a screenshot if you can remind me how to upload it to this site.

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 11:42 am
by PTide
You can upload the screenshot to any free service of your choice and share the link.

Thanks

Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 2:56 pm
by patrickwilson82
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Re: Retention period

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 11:25 am
by PTide
Ok, that's a full backup, but where are the other incrementals going back that you've mentioned? Sorry, but I just cannot get how it is possible that you have incremental backups going back, but the only full that you have is from January 17th, it is supposed to be the other way around - full being the oldest part of the chain with incrementals getting appended to it.

Thanks