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I'm running out of disk space - how do I expire existing media?

Created: 23 Aug 2013 | 6 comments

I have an 11TB drive for our internal backups.  I have 6 days of storage space left.  Changing the Keep Until dates on the jobs doesn't seem to change the expiration date on the existing backup sets like changing expiration dates on media sets used to.  

How do I propagate these changes across 11TB of data - it's a years worth of backups!!!!

I must say that BE 2012 has to be one of the most poorly designed pieces of software I've ever been forced to deal with....

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Donald Eady's picture

If you click on the storage tab then choose your disk storage location then backup sets... all backup sets in this storage location should be displayed.. highlight, right click and delete

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JohnW098's picture

Are you suggesting that I'm going to have to manually monitor and delete these files?  Why can't I reset the expiration dates like I could in 2010?

Donald Eady's picture

Unfortunately you cant... in 2010 diskbased media still fell under media sets so you were able to make an adjustment to the retention of the media set and have that apply to all that fell under that set. With 2012 you can adjust the retention within the job but this will only apply to jobs that run in the future and not those that have already run. when they expire backup execs DLM will reclaim the space. 

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JohnW098's picture

With 2012 you can adjust the retention within the job but this will only apply to jobs that run in the future and not those that have already run.

This is a terrible design change. 

I've been a BE user for over 10 years.  BE 2012 has convinced me that it's time to start looking for other solutions.

DNI_1's picture

Please check the article as suggested above by lmosla and make the registry change, that could resolve your issue.

Note: Once you make the registry change on backup exec server,  go to the folder location of the storage, locate the expired backup files (which shouldn't be found) and delete it.

Restart BE services to have the free space updated at Backup Exec console.

This is just an One-Time activity post which the expired backup sets are removed automatically during DLM process.

Hope this helps!! Kindly, mark this as solution if it resolves your issue.