Backup Job Wizard for VMware Cloud Director: Retention
After each job run, NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates a recovery point for each object in the Backup Repository. A recovery point represents the backed up object as of a particular moment in time and allows you to recover individual files, application objects, or the entire object from the Backup Repository. You can specify how many recovery points you want to be retained in the Backup Repository based on the grandfather-father-son (GFS) backup rotation scheme.
When Amazon S3 or Local Folder is selected as the Backup Repository Type for the only backup destination, you can make recovery points in these repositories immutable. With immutability enabled, the recovery points are immutable and stored using the write-once-read-many (WORM) model. In case of Amazon S3 type of Backup Repository, immutable recovery points cannot be overwritten, deleted, or changed by the root user, until the specified period has expired. For Local Folder type of Backup Repository, the root user can still clear immutability. To set retention options, refer to the following sections:
Set the retention settings for the backup job:
Keep X last recovery points: Retains the specified number of last recovery points for each object in the job.
Keep one recovery point per day for X days: Retains one last recovery point per day for the specified number of days.
Keep one recovery point per week for X weeks: Retains the last available backup of every week for the specified number of weeks.
Keep one recovery point per month for X months: Retains the last available backup of every month for the specified number of months.
Keep one recovery point per year for X years: Retains the last available backup of every year for the specified number of years.
For more details and an example of job retention settings, refer to the Keeping Recovery Points article in the Knowledge Base.
In this section, you can configure the Make recovery points immutable for x days option. The recovery points remain immutable for the specified number of days. Note that the recovery points are made immutable when the entire vApp backup is complete.
For the Immutability section to be available, the following conditions must be met:
Only Amazon S3 or Local Folder must be selected for Backup Repository Type on the Destination page of the wizard.
If Amazon S3 is selected as the Backup Repository, Object Lock must be enabled for the Amazon S3 bucket where your Backup Repository is located.
For Local Folder type of Backup Repository, see feature requirements.