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 instance (whether it is a VM instance or a Cloud SQL instance) 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 are removed from the configuration database according to their own retention settings.

Note

Global retention settings apply to all cloud-native snapshots created by the Veeam backup service. If an instance 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.
  2. Navigate to General > Retention.
  3. In the Obsolete snapshots retention section, select either of the following options:

If you select this option, Veeam Backup for Google Cloud will remove obsolete instance snapshots from the configuration database as soon as the specified period of time is over — even if the instances are still processed by backup policies.

  1. Click Save.

Note

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

Configuring Retention Settings for Session Records

Veeam Backup for Google Cloud 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 logs retention section, select either of the following options:

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

  1. Click Save.

Important

Retaining all session records in the configuration database may overload the data disk. By default, the disk comes with 20 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