The regular backup cycle is based on the simple retention policy scheme. When you specify retention policy settings, you define how many restore points you want to retain in the backup chain on the target backup repository.
Veeam Backup & Replication runs the regular backup cycle in the following way:
- During the first backup copy session, Veeam Backup & Replication creates the first restore point — a full backup.
- The next backup copy sessions add incremental backups to the backup chain.
As a result, the regular backup cycle produces a chain of a full backup and set of incremental backups on the target backup repository.
For example, you have selected to retain 7 restore points. The backup copy runs once a day and starts on Sunday. Veeam Backup & Replication will create a full backup on Sunday and add 6 incremental backups Monday through Saturday.