[Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

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[Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby xefil » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:54 am

Hello to all,

As per opened case #02374055, I would like to ask for a feature request.
Sometimes happens that customers needs advanced backup retentions in mixed modes, having incrementals on daily, weekly and monthly basis all together.
Apart from the 3-2-1 backup best practices and the GFS retention, what I need is to have the ability to set in a single job more retentions optimizing backup size.
An example helps to explain it.

For some customers we need:

1) daily incremental backups for the first 30 days (forever incremental)
2) after a month is passed, I need to maintain 1 full on the first sunday for 12 months.

The option "Active FULL" cannot do the job, because it's limit by the retention. if the retention is passed (30 days), I cannot hold the full backups for more than the 2.nd month. I could use the single active FULL with some scripts to copy those full backup somewhere for 12 months, but I would avoid using external mechanisms; in that way we would miss the option to handle all backups from B&R console, due it's moved manually and not recorded on DB.

Thanks for the attention.

Regards,

Simon
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Re: [Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:58 pm

Hi Simon, why backup copy job is not an option for you?
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Re: [Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby xefil » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:23 pm

I'm testing it with 2 restore points and GFS set on with:

weekly: 0
monthly: 12
quarterly: 0
yearly: 0

But after 7 days it counts 7 incrementals...
I was at least expecting 2 incrementals and as soon it reaches the monthly it holds a full.

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Re: [Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:36 pm

Is "Read the entire restore point from source backup" option enabled by any chance? Thanks.
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Re: [Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby xefil » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:23 pm

Yes, that's enabled.
Now I have 9 restore points, even if I expect to see only two.

Thanks, Simon
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Re: [Feature Request] Advanced retention policies

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:08 pm

In this case this is expected behaviour. Kindly, check how retention policy works for Active full archive backups. Thanks.
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