Best Practices Backup Retention

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2013 04:23PM PDT

Best Practices Continued..

Backup Retention:
  • Open NovaBACKUP  and go to the Schedule Tab.
  • At the bottom of the Schedule window you will see a button "Backup Retention".
  • Use the following Screenshots for reference.
  • In the screen shot above we will configure a backup retention policy for best practices diagram            
          (Please refer to document Best Practices for creating a Backup Policy with Backup Retention)
  • Using the basic tab you will select Age and Count for the parameters within you retention policy.
  • Your age would be 2 weeks and the count would not exceed 12 media files.
  • The type of Backup to process would be Normal Backups.
  • The above screenshot has the parameters used in the same job under the advanced tab.
  • Only process Disk type mediums in this example.
  • Process only files containing the Differential Backup media name.
  • Make sure to check delete only incremental and differential backups.
  • Make sure to check remove index/logs to manage those files with managing the media files.
  • After this is completed you must click on the save button and name your retention job.
  • The next step would be to add the retention job to the schedule.​
  • Starting under the Schedule tab click on the Add button.
  • This will open the scheduling options window.
  • You would click on the Select the job to schedule browse section.
  • This would open up your script directory (refer to the screenshot below).
  • The screenshot above has the scripts exact location C:\Programdata\Novastor\Novastor NovaBACKUP\UserScripts\Andre\Utility.
  • Choose the script or .NBK file and select open.
  • This will bring up your scheduling options window and your would run the job according to your backup policy.
  • In this example, referring to the Best Practices Diagram we will set the schedule to run once a week.
Note: This is a complete best practices document for complete security in the event your destination medium goes down or is disconnected.  The customer will always maintain 1 Full Backup and 12 differences.  This is only a part of a three page document so please read all three to get a thorough understanding of your Backup Policies with Retention.

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