Configuring Global Retention Settings

You can configure global retention settings to specify for how long the following data will be retained in the configuration database:

Configuring Retention Settings for Obsolete Snapshots

If an Azure resource (whether it is an Azure VM or an Azure file share) is no longer processed by a backup policy (for example, it was removed from the backup policy or the backup policy no longer exists), its cloud-native snapshots become obsolete. These snapshots can be removed manually in the Azure portal, or automatically by Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure. To instruct Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure to remove the obsolete snapshots automatically, configure global retention settings.


Global retention settings apply to all cloud-native snapshots created by backup policies. If an Azure resource is still processed by a backup policy, but some of its cloud-native snapshots are older than the number of days (or months) specified in the global retention settings, these cloud-native snapshots will be removed from the configuration database.

To configure retention settings for obsolete snapshots, do the following:

  1. Switch to the Configuration page.
  1. Navigate to Settings > Retention.
  1. In the Obsolete snapshots retention section, select either of the following options:
  1. Click Save.


When Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure removes an obsolete snapshot from the configuration database, it also removes the snapshot from the Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

Configuring Retention Settings for Session Records

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure stores records for all sessions of performed data protection and disaster recovery operations in the configuration database on the additional data disk attached to the backup appliance. These session records are removed from the configuration database according to their own retention settings.

To configure retention settings for session records, do the following:

  1. In the Session retention section, select either of the following options:

If you select this option, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure will remove all session records that are older than the specified time limit.

  1. Click Save.


Retaining all session records in the configuration database may overload the data disk. By default, the disk comes with 32 GB of storage capacity. If you choose not to remove sessions records at all, consider increasing the disk space to avoid runtime problems.

Configuring Retention Settings