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How do i remove old backups from the server backup disk? SBS Essentials 2011

    Question

  • Hi,

    We have an SBS2011 Essentials machine with two 2 TB HDD. One disk is used for backup of the server. Now is this disk full and i want to remove old backups which we don't need any more. How can i do that?

    Best regads

    Marc

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 9:44 AM

Answers

  • This blog post might be helpful if you want to manually free up space on a disk.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/06/22/backup-version-and-space-management-in-windows-server-backup.aspx


    Robert Pearman SBS MVP | www.titlerequired.com | www.itauthority.co.uk

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:59 AM

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  • Hi Marc:

    Are you receiving any alerts or warnings or other notices that cause concerns?  

    I hope you mean 2 External drives used for backups of the SBS E.  Backing up to an internal drive puts your organization at risk for physical loss of the server from events such as fire/flood/theft.  I might be reading this incorrectly, you might mean an internal drive used to backup clients, but if so, 2 TB for client backup would be a great many files located on the clients and not on the server. 

    SBS Backup is based on Windows Backup, which is self pruning.  At the top of the forum is a link to the Build Wiki, which includes an explanation of the backup process. 

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1846.v-backup-restore-and-disaster-recovery-en-us.aspx

    In addition, there is this on the Official SBS Blog:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2008/11/03/introducing-sbs-2008-backup.aspx

    As well as others.


    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]


    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:39 AM
  • This blog post might be helpful if you want to manually free up space on a disk.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/06/22/backup-version-and-space-management-in-windows-server-backup.aspx


    Robert Pearman SBS MVP | www.titlerequired.com | www.itauthority.co.uk

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:59 AM
  • You can do the following:

    Use diskmgmt.msc and assign a drive letter to your backup disk.

    Then create a scheduled task to run anytime you would like that would have a script with the following command

    vssadmin delete shadows /for=x: /oldest

    It will delete the oldest backup.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 9:07 PM