the Retention panel after you have deleted files from your computer AND you want
any backup copies corresponding to those deleted files removed from the Backup
Server. You can use the Retention dialog to reclaim space at the Backup Server when it is holding backups of files that you know you do not want.
From the Retention panel, you can manually remove deleted files from the
Backup Server and you can setup retention rules that will automatically remove
deleted files according to your predefined instructions.
Keep in mind that Retention is a control concept that is available from the Backup Client software only. Each Backup Client can set their own retention policy based on their individual needs.
you or your computer frequently generates files that are included in a backup
set, but then deleted, you can define a retention rule that will keep the backup
copy at the Backup Server a certain amount of time after the deletion.
more than one retention rule covers a file, the rule with the shortest retention
time prevails. For example, you may
have a long retention rule covering all the files on your computer and have a
short retention of very specific files. You
may define one rule that retains all deleted files on drive C: for 6 months, and
a second rule that retains files in c:\temp for just 1 week. Any file deleted in the c:\temp folder will be purged from the server 1
week after it is deleted from the folder. All
other files on the C: drive will be removed 6 months after they are deleted.
Run the Backup Client.
From the Retention panel, press New Rule.
you would like to create a retention rule based on file location, use the
first option, Remove deleted files based on their location. Select the appropriate locations by folder. When you select a folder to be included in a retention rule, all
files that are deleted under the selected folders will be removed from the
Backup Server after a defined number of days.
you would like to create a retention rule based on file extension, use the
second option, Remove deleted files based on wildcards.
For example, if you would like all deleted temp files removed from
the Backup Server, input *.tmp.
the retention period by entering the number of days that you would like the
deleted files retained on the Backup Server.
Press OK to save your retention rule.