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Run the backup Cleanup task

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

The client computer backup cleanup task is scheduled to run every Saturday after all backups are complete. The cleanup task deletes backups from the client computer backup database according to the backup retention policy. The default settings for the backup retention policy are:

  • Number of days that daily backups are retained: 5 days

  • Number of weeks that the last backup of the week is retained: 4 weeks

  • Number of months that the last backup of the month is retained: 6 months

For information about changing the backup retention policy, see Change the computer backup retention policy.

To run the client backup database cleanup task

  1. On a client computer, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection. Log on to the server with your administrator user account and password.

  2. On the server, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Task Scheduler.

  3. In the Task Scheduler dialog box, expand Task Scheduler Library, expand Microsoft, and then click Windows Server.

  4. Click the Cleanup task, and then click Run in the Action pane. The Status changes to Running until the task is complete.

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