Controlling Weeky Backups

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  1. kdeemer

    kdeemer Registered Member

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    I have TI set to run a full image backup every week and a daily differential backup. The problem is that it always keeps seven differential backups, even though each one that is earlier than the most recent full backup is useless. How can I keep just the differential backups since the most recent full backup?
     
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello kdeemer,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are very sorry for the delay with the response.

    Generally, you can limit the amount of backups created by Acronis True Image in four different ways:

    - Use Backup Server feature (available in Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation and Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Server for Windows only, details can be found in section 3.5 of the corresponding User's Guides);

    - Use Acronis Secure Zone (see section 3.3 of Acronis True Image 9.0 Home User's Guide for further details);

    - Use batch file (script) which deletes or renames images as a pre\post-backup command (see section 5.3.3 of the above mentioned User's Guide);

    In the pre\post commands fields of the backup archive creation options you can specify commands or batch files to be automatically executed before and after the backup procedure. You can use any commands supported by Windows command line interface or enter a path to the batch file written in terms of standard Windows scripting rules (see this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article for details).

    Please also take a look at this previous post of mine providing the example of a batch file automatically renaming backups in accordance with the current date.

    - Schedule several pairs of tasks so that several sets of images covering several last weeks\months will be created (see these previous threads for details: Can TI9 control the number of backup sets?, differential back up Q's).

    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
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  3. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

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    Something to manage the backups, like a small version of Backup Server is what's needed in the HOme version, not because home PCs are networked but because backup should be as automated as posible, imo.
     
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello shieber,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are very sorry for the delay with the response.

    Yes, we do have plans to implement such feature in the future Acronis True Image Home versions, but I'm afraid the exact time frame for this is not decided yet.

    If you have any further suggestions on how to improve Acronis True Image functionality, please feel free to post any of them Acronis True Image WISH-LIST thread.

    Thank you.
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  5. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

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    Be careful. I believe there is still a problem whereby you can restore using the original full image plus the latest differential but you require all differential since the original full image in order to validate the backup archive.

    Regards
     
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