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ntbackup .. can I remove the previous backups from a single bkf file

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Hey All,

I have a 500GB bkf file on a training server. It has 10's of backups within there, and I really can delete the old backups.

I tried to delete catalog as there were 3 for a single bkf.

They did not reduce the file size.

I want to remove every backup prior to a few months ago as I have 12 months within there hence 500GB on a small server.

Is this possible and how do I do it if so. I dont want to delete the BKF and start again as I do want some backups... 2003 std Sp2 btw.

Thanks in advance

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This question has been asked a few times and the answers seem to be the same, it can't be done.
Basically you have to create a new backup and delete the existing bkf.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/Q_22938280.html

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by:roycasella
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I have trawled myself... EE and net... found very little on it.

Could you advise if I can use a set of switches that each backup creates a new file... tried to follow MS examples but got lost.

I want to do a daily NORMAL backup. Nothing grand

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you could do a batch file that deletes the oldest file and renames each day a day older, then creates a new one each night.

First create a batch file called y.bat and just put in a yes so you can pipe in the yes when ever it is requested. Then create the backup.bat as below.....

del day5.bkf <y
ren day4.bkf day5.bkf
ren day3.bkf day4.bkf
ren day2.bkf day3.bkf
ren day1.bkf day2.bkf
ntbackup backup what ever your current backup line is
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by:ewkelly
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You could also create a task for each day and backup to different files each night, overwritting the one from laast week.
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I would like daily backups and to delete anything over 2 or 3 months.. So that would not work for me.

I would love either to have monthly backup files.... or daily and then I will manage getting rid of the older.

I know ntbackup is free and I have been familiar with it for over 10 years... I just thought I could do more... but I guess thats why Microsoft moved over and let other companies focus on this :(.

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by:roycasella
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It cannot be done from my trawling since... crazy.. but seems to be true.

Thanks for your help
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