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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Retention Policy

Every successful run of a job creates a new restore point that lets you return your data to an earlier point in time. When you define retention policy, you specify how many restore points you want to keep and thus how ‘far’ you want to be able to roll back. Once the specified number is exceeded, the earliest restore point will be automatically removed. So if the retention policy is set to three and you already have three restore points, the fourth successful run of a job will delete the restore point created at the first job run.

Retention Policy Note:

When the allowed number of restore points in the backup chain is exceeded, Veeam Backup & Replication deletes the whole backup file, not separate VMs from it. For more information, see Removing Restore Points from the Backup Chain.

Veeam Backup & Replication handles restore points in different ways for forward forever-incremental, incremental and reverse incremental backup chains.

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