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How do you delete backups from Windows Server Backup (W2K8)?

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My backup drive is full and want to delete it so backups can continue. There is nothing in the Windows Server Backup console that does this. Am I missing something? Thanks for any help or direction.
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You need to manually delete the old backup jobs. I recommend to back them up on tape if you have or other media (DVD) and do keep at least one copy per month before deleting the old jobs.
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by:bemara57
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Do you know of any automated way to delete the backups when they get full? It's a pain reformatting the backup drive and recreate the settings for the backup every time it gets full.
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by:Change2009
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You can write a few line batch file and schduel it to be run once in a month.
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by:malikstays
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Hi,

You can do this with wbadmin from command prompt.

Use the following commnad to delete the backups:
"Wbadmin delete catalog"

without quotes.


"The Above COmmand Deletes the backup catalog on the local computer. Use this subcommand only if the backup catalog on this computer is corrupted and you have no backups stored at another location that you can use to restore the catalog." This subcommand applies only to Windows Server 2008.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754015.aspx

Malik
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by:DeetExp
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When setting up a backup using external hard drives on SBS 2008, the first backup is a "Full" and the rest are incremental. Am I to understand that it's not possible to setup the backup in such a way that the oldest incremental backup gets deleted when the drive is full to make room for a new one? The backup has to be completely re-setup every time the drive gets full?
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