Data Aging - Informix iDataAgent

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Getting Started

Data Aging is the process of removing old data from secondary storage to allow the associated media to be reused for future backups.

By default, all backup data is retained infinitely. However, you should change the retention of your data based on your needs. Note that if you continue to have infinite retention, you will also need infinite storage capacity.

Setting Up the Basic Retention Rule

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Policies | Storage Policies | <Storage Policy>.
  2. Right-click the appropriate storage policy copy, and then click the Properties.
  3. In the Copy Properties dialog box, click the Retention tab.
  4. Under Basic Retention Rule for All Backups, click the Retain For.
    • Enter number of days to retain the data.
    • Enter number of cycles to retain the data.
  5. Click OK.
  6. In the Confirm Basic Retention dialog box, click Yes.
  7. On the ribbon in the CommCell Console, click the Reports tab, and then click Forecast.

    Under Reports pane, Data Retention Forecast and Compliance is selected by default.
  8. Click Run.
  9. The report will display the data to be pruned when a data aging job is run.

    To ensure only data intended for aging is actually aged, it is important to identify the data that will be aged based on the retention rules you have configured. Hence, ensure this report includes only the data you intend to age.

    If necessary, fine-tune your rules so that only the intended data is aged.

    Once you run a data aging job, the data will be pruned.

Running the Data Aging Job

  1. From the CommCell Console, right click the CommServe node, point to All Tasks and then click Data Aging.
  2. In the Data Aging Options dialog box, click OK.

  3. You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller window. When the job is completed, in the Job Controller the Status will be displayed as Completed.

    Make sure that the job completes successfully. If the job did not complete successfully, rerun the job.

Data Aging for Transaction, Archive, and Logical Log Backups

Log Backups (transaction, archive, or logical logs) are not considered part of the backup cycle. Therefore, storage policy cycle retention parameters do not apply to them. However, log backups may be linked to data backup operations, which can affect their retention as follows:
  • Log backups are linked to a full backup if they are run at the same time. This is regardless of whether the full backup included data only or data and logs. Such backups follows the standard data aging rules.
  • If a full backup job is run on data, then the next log backup job will be linked to this full backup job.

    These are considered as linked or chained log backups and are not aged until the linked data is aged. In addition, the following is also considered:

    • Logs that need to be copied to secondary copies will not be aged both on primary and non-primary source copy
    • Logs that exist only on one copy will be aged when they are older than the oldest data
    • Logs that exist on multiple copies will be aged according to copy retention days
    • Logs that exist on multiple copies with the longest retention days will be aged when they are older than the oldest data
    • Partial, disabled logs will be aged when they are older than the oldest data
  • If a full backup job is run on data and logs, then the next log backup will not be linked to this full backup job.

    As this is an unlinked log backup, by default, this will follow the unique data aging rules for log backups. If you want such log backups to be aged according to the defined days retention rule for the data, you can do so as follows:

    1. From the CommCell Console, click the Storage tab.
    2. Click the Media Management icon.
    3. Click the Data Aging tab.
    4. In the Prune All Database Agent Logs Only By Days Retention Rule, type 1 to enable pruning for all database agent logs based on the days retention.
    5. Click OK.

Advanced Topics

Data Aging - Advanced

Provides comprehensive information on additional Data Aging capabilities.