Restore points in the backup chain are not kept forever. They are removed according to the retention policy. The retention policy helps maintain the life cycle of restore points and make sure that backup files do not consume the whole disk space.
Backup retention policy depends on the edition of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows:
- In Free and Workstation editions, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows retains restore points for the last N days; the number of days is defined by the user. To learn more, see Retention Policy in Free and Workstation Editions.
- In the Server edition, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows retains the specific number of restore points defined by the user. To learn more, see Retention Policy in Server Edition.
You can also specify the retention policy for outdated backups — backups for which Veeam Agent does not create new restore points within a specified time period. To learn more, see Retention Policy for Outdated Backups.