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Data Aging - Getting Started

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

You can change the retention criteria of your data based on your needs.

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, on the Retention tab, under Basic Retention Rule for All Backups area, enter the number of data and cycles appropriate for your organization.

    Default values for basic retention rule for all backups are:

    • On primary copy: 15 days and 2 cycles for backups and infinite for archive jobs.
    • On synchronous copy: 30 days and 4 cycles for backups and infinite for archive jobs.

    Default values for basic retention rule for Data/Compliance Archiver data is:

    • 365 days on all copies.
  4. Click OK.
  5. On the ribbon in the CommCell Console, on the Reports tab, click Forecast and then click Run.

    The report displays the data to be aged and pruned when a data aging job is run.

    Note: In the Data Retention Forecast and Compliance Report, ensure that the data you intend to age is aged. If necessary, modify the rules so that only the intended data is aged.

Running a Data Aging Job

  1. From the CommCell Console, right click the CommServe node, click All Tasks > Data Aging.
  2. In the Data Aging Options dialog box, in the Job Initiation area, define whether the data aging job runs immediately or if it will be scheduled.
  3. Click OK.

    If you chose to run the job immediately, the data aging job starts now.

    If you chose to run the job according to a schedule, the data aging runs according to the schedule that you defined.

    After data aging job is run, the data will be pruned from the storage.