Veeam Backup for AWS automatically removes cloud-native snapshots, snapshot replicas and image-level backups of EC2 instances that are processed by backup policies. Backed-up data is removed according to retention policy specified in backup schedule settings. You can also configure Veeam Backup for AWS to remove cloud-native snapshots and snapshot replicas that became obsolete. For information on how to configure retention settings for obsolete snapshots and replicas, see Configuring Global Retention Settings.
If necessary, you can remove backed-up data manually using Veeam Backup for AWS.
To remove backed-up data:
- In the main menu on the left, click Protected Data.
- Select check boxes next to the EC2 instances whose backed-up data you want to remove.
You can use the search field to find the EC2 instance by name.
- At the top of the EC2 instances list, click Remove and select one of the following options:
- Snapshots > Snapshots — select this option to remove cloud-native snapshots that were created by backup policies.
- Snapshots > Manual — select this option to remove cloud-native snapshots that were created manually.
If you want to remove only specific cloud-native snapshots, follow the steps described in Removing Individual Cloud-Native Snapshots Created Manually.
- Snapshots > Remote — select this option to remove snapshot replicas.
- Snapshots > All — select this option to remove cloud-native snapshots that were created by backup policies and manually, and snapshot replicas.
- Backups — select this option to remove image-level backups.
- Snapshots and backups — select this option to remove cloud-native snapshots that were created by backup policies, snapshot replicas, and image-level backups.
You must not delete backup files from Amazon S3 buckets in the AWS Management Console. If some file in the backup chain is missing, you will not be able to roll back EC2 instance data to the necessary state.