With StorageCraft Imagemanger is it possible to prevent creating a seed file by arching data.

We have a BDR and the folder Imagemanager manages has run out of space. Is it possible to copy half or all the data to an archived location to free up space for backups to continue? My goal is hopefully we won't have to create another seed file for backups to continue. Note, backups are going offsite and need to sync with the datacenter.
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WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
Full + incrementals + consolidations must reside in the same storage location.
Are you doing consolidations and have you set your retention policy (if you reduce the time of your retention policy then storagecraft will go through your backups and remove the redundant versions and free up storage space)

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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Image manager needs to be set up to consolidate the backup chain into whatever structure you prefer.

As mentioned by David, the retention policy is where to set that up.

If no consolidation is configured then yes, the backup destination will indeed fill up with the incremental backup files.

There is a very dangerous risk to not consolidating: One of the incremental backup files is corrupt thus breaking the chain going forward. Consolidating is a critical step to take to protect the backups.
WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
Please share what you both feel is a standard consolidation configuration. Different data centers have different policies in order for booting a VM in the cloud. I'm checking now what our current policy is. Maybe it's best to archive all the data and get another seed file. Update shortly. Thank you for both responses.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
When ImageManager gets set up it has a default set of consolidation patterns. We follow that as a rule. We then change things for clients that request a longer term storage of their backups (3, 6, 12, 24 months.
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