Retention for Forward Incremental Backups

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    The retention policy for the forward incremental backup chain is calculated by the following formula:

    Retention period = MAX (Catalog Retention, X)


    • Catalog Retention is the retention period specified in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
    • X is the amount of time for which restore points are kept by a backup job.

    For example, the retention policy settings are specified in the following manner:

    • The retention policy for a backup job is set to 5 points. The backup job is run daily.
    • The retention period in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is set to 1 month, or 30 days.

    In this case, Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager will retain indexing data for 30 days, because this value is greater than the number of restore points in the job.