If you want to delete records about backups from the Veeam Backup & Replication console and configuration database and, additionally, delete backup files from the backup repository, you can use the Delete from disk operation. When you delete backup files from a disk, Veeam Backup & Replication deletes the whole chain from the backup repository. Thus, on the next run of the backup job, Veeam Backup & Replication will create full backups for VMs included in the job.
Mind the following:
- Do not delete backup files from the backup repository manually. Use the Delete from disk option instead. If you delete backup files manually, subsequent backup or replication job sessions will fail.
- If the per-VM functionality is enabled, you can perform the Delete from disk operation for separate VMs in the backup. If you delete backup files for one VM, on the next run of the backup job Veeam Backup & Replication will create a full backup for VMs whose backup files are deleted. For all other VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication will create increments.
To learn more about per-VM backup files, see Per-VM Backup Files
- If you use the scale-out backup repository, keep in mind that the Delete from disk operation will remove the backups not only from the Performance Tier, but also from the Capacity Tier. If you want to remove backups from the Performance Tier only, you should move those backups to the Capacity Tier instead. For details, see Moving to Capacity Tier.
To delete backup files from the backup repository, do the following:
- Open the Home view.
- In the inventory pane, select Backups or Replicas.
- In the working area, select the backup or separate VM in the backup and click Remove from > Disk on the ribbon. You can also right-click the backup and select Delete from disk.
- To remove backups with GFS flags (weekly, monthly and yearly), select the Remove GFS full backups check box and click Yes.