Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to put any of the extents of your scale-out backup repository into Seal mode.
Sealing up extents gives you the ability to gradually remove data located on these extents by applying a retention policy. You can use this feature to gracefully stop using some of your extents as backup repositories and exclude them from the scale-out backup repository configuration altogether.
When sealing up an extent, Veeam Backup & Replication restricts any further data saving to such a sealed extent and allows only read operations such as restore, merge and remove.
All backup jobs that are targeted to a scale-out backup repository with the sealed extents that store active backup chains will be forced to create a new active full backup on the next run. The new active full will be saved to another available extent in the scale-out backup repository scope, thereby forming a new active backup chain. The extent to which the new active full is going to be saved is chosen automatically by Veeam Backup & Replication, depending on the available resources.
All restore points that exceed the specified retention period will be continuously removed from the sealed extents on each subsequent backup session.
Consider the following:
- An extent can be put into both the maintenance and seal modes at the same time.
When both modes are applied, maintenance mode overrides seal mode.
- When putting an extent into seal mode, you will still be able to restore, merge and remove data without exiting this mode.
To put an extent into seal mode:
- Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
- In the inventory pane, select the scale-out backup repository under the Scale-out Repositories node.
- In the working area, select an extent and click Seal Mode on the ribbon or right-click an extent and select Seal mode.