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How to purge old, expired and 'nonexistent' backup sets in Symantec Backup Exec 2014

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We upgrade our Backup Exec 2012 to 2014 and after that I have not been able to figure out how to remove old backup sets.

Backup Sets that are associated with known media can be removed by 'expiring them'. However Backup Sets that do not have know media (storage status: Unknown) wont get removed even though they are Expired.

Some of these old Backup Sets are remnants from years away (failed and temporary medias) and they are never coming back. In Backup Exec 2012 I could manually remove these Backup sets one by one. Is there a way to achieve the same with Backup Exec 2014?

Here's a screenshot to illustrate the issue.

Expired backups in Backup Exec 2014
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by:A Karelin
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Hi,
Install the latest updates http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH66724
Also check Configuration and Settings - Backup Exec Settings - Storage - Allow Backup Exec to delete all expired backup sets
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Thank you A Karelin.

Media server is at it's newest version and hotfixes were applied during upgrade. The 'Allow Backup Exec to delete all expired backup sets '- option is also in use and seems to be working for backup sets that are associated with some known media.
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Do you have CASO server?
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No,
the server is standalone installation of Backup Exec 2014.
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This issue solved itself when we purged the whole system and made a clean install.
No other solution was found.
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No real solution to the issue was found.

The workaround was to make a clean install using new SQL instance.
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