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How to delete the old backup files from the backup storage

Created: 22 Aug 2013 • Updated: 22 Aug 2013 | 7 comments
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Hi, 

I am new to Symantec NetBackup 7.5. I wanted to delete the old backup files from the backup storage. 

Pls help. 

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Marianne's picture

NBU will automatically expire backups based on the retention in Policy schedules.

Backups should not be manually removed/expired.

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jeherul's picture

Thanks for your prompt reply.

I know it should not be deleted. But if I want, can I able to delete it ?? Suppose I don't have enough space to 

take another important backup. At that time I want to delete some other old backup. 

Nicolai's picture

Take a look at the bpexpdate command:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO43656

And this old thread:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/script-expire-images-using-bpexpdate-windows-environment

Using the NBU gui : Catalog - Search - enter search chritia - Mark backups - right click - Expire.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Marianne's picture

Insufficient space is NOT a reason to expire backups.
Retention levels are there so that business data can be restored for as long as the data is needed.
Get more storage is the correct solution.

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Thiago Pereira's picture

I agree if Marianne, but if you still want to delete a backup from storage to free up space, should be done as posted Nicolai.

I suggest to you have another disk space and run a "Manual relocation" from "Storage Units" view to free up space from this storage and move some images to another disk space or storage.

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jeherul's picture

Thank you all .. I am just in a testing phase. So I am just browsing all the possibilities. 

Marianne's picture

bpexpdate is perfectly fine for test backups.

It helps if you provide all relevant information!

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
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