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Configuring Retention Criteria

Archived data is retained based on the days-based retention configured on the storage policy copy.

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > client > File System.
  2. Right-click the archive_set for which you want to modify retention options, and then click Properties.

    The Subclient Properties dialog box appears.

  3. To specify the retention period for your archived files, on the Retention subtab, choose one of the following options:
    • Retain Jobs for n years, n months, and n days

      When you select this option, the default value is set to 5 years. However, you can modify the value based on your requirements. Between storage policy copy retention and the job-based retention value, the retention that retains items for the longest period takes precedence. Retention is only considered for copies that contain the job.

      If you specify storage policy copy retention as x days and y cycles, then the Commvault software compares the x days to the number of days you specify for job-based retention and keeps the items for the longest number of days specified.

    • Retain Jobs Indefinitely

      This is the default option. When you select this option, the jobs are retained indefinitely in the storage media, in the storage policy copy which has the longest retention time.

  4. Click OK.

Examples:

Example 1:

Set the Retain Jobs for n years, n months, and n days to 0 years, 1 month, 20 days. There are  2 storage policy copies (A and B) and both copies contain the archive jobs. The retention of A and B is as follows:

  • A: 45 days 3 cycles
  • B: 17 days 4 cycles

Since the job-based retention has a longer retention period than the storage policy retention, the archive jobs will be available for 50 days in Copy A.

Example 2:

Set the Retain Jobs for n years, n months, and n days to 0 years, 0 month, 15 days. There are  2 storage policy copies (A and B) and both copies contain the archive jobs. The retention of A and B is as follows:

  • A: 45 days 3 cycles
  • B: 17 days 4 cycles

Since copy A has a longer retention period than copy B and the subclient retention value, the archive jobs will be available for 45 days in Copy A.

Example 3:

Set the Retain Jobs for n years, n months, and n days to 0 years, 0 month, 25 days. There are  3 storage policy copies (A, B, and C). The retention of A, B, and C is as follows:

  • A: 45 days 3 cycles
  • B: 17 days 4 cycles
  • C: 91 days 2 cycles

Only copies A and B contain the archive job. Since archive jobs were not scheduled, Copy C does not contain the archive job. Copy A has a longer retention time period than copy B and than the subclient job-based retention options. Thus, the archive jobs will be available for 45 days in Copy A.

Last modified: 5/15/2020 4:08:25 PM