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    Default Backups Directory

    We are still running Zimbra Version 4.5.11_GA_1752.RHEL4

    My /opt/zimbra/backup/sessions directory is enormous in size. Do I need to keep ALL *full* backups or just the latest?

    For instance, I have the following directories within /opt/zimbra/backup/sessions:

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    Nov 29 05:52 full-20081129.070005.852
    Nov 30 01:00 full-20081130.070024.341
    Dec  1 01:00 full-20081201.070025.782
    Dec  2 01:00 full-20081202.070026.591
    Dec  3 01:00 full-20081203.070026.198
    Dec  4 01:00 full-20081204.070029.349
    Dec  5 01:00 full-20081205.070035.260
    Dec  6 05:45 full-20081206.070005.518
    Dec  7 01:00 full-20081207.070039.569
    Dec  8 01:00 full-20081208.070022.068
    Dec  9 01:00 full-20081209.070031.168
    Dec 10 01:00 full-20081210.070029.842
    Dec 11 01:00 full-20081211.070031.220
    Dec 12 01:00 full-20081212.070042.406
    Dec 13 06:07 full-20081213.070006.351
    Dec 14 01:00 full-20081214.070058.262
    Dec 15 01:00 full-20081215.070020.577
    Dec 16 01:00 full-20081216.070047.174
    Dec 17 01:00 full-20081217.070023.067
    Dec 18 01:00 full-20081218.070029.964
    Dec 19 01:00 full-20081219.070042.203
    Dec 20 06:11 full-20081220.070007.617
    Dec 21 01:00 full-20081221.070056.110
    Dec 22 01:00 full-20081222.070034.452
    Dec 23 01:00 full-20081223.070018.509
    Dec 24 01:00 full-20081224.070050.008
    Dec 25 01:00 full-20081225.070025.106
    Dec 26 01:00 full-20081226.070024.664
    Dec 27 06:42 full-20081227.070005.138
    Dec 28 01:00 full-20081228.070019.923
    Dec 29 01:00 full-20081229.070026.798
    Nov 30 01:00 incr-20081130.070010.460
    Dec  1 01:00 incr-20081201.070016.773
    Dec  2 01:00 incr-20081202.070016.745
    Dec  3 01:00 incr-20081203.070010.884
    Dec  4 01:00 incr-20081204.070010.807
    Dec  5 01:00 incr-20081205.070012.243
    Dec  7 01:00 incr-20081207.070010.803
    Dec  8 01:00 incr-20081208.070011.920
    Dec  9 01:00 incr-20081209.070013.307
    Dec 10 01:00 incr-20081210.070011.737
    Dec 11 01:00 incr-20081211.070010.879
    Dec 12 01:00 incr-20081212.070009.969
    Dec 14 01:00 incr-20081214.070017.844
    Dec 15 01:00 incr-20081215.070010.485
    Dec 16 01:00 incr-20081216.070018.439
    Dec 17 01:00 incr-20081217.070009.607
    Dec 18 01:00 incr-20081218.070010.618
    Dec 19 01:00 incr-20081219.070011.307
    Dec 21 01:00 incr-20081221.070018.709
    Dec 22 01:00 incr-20081222.070020.100
    Dec 23 01:00 incr-20081223.070010.684
    Dec 24 01:00 incr-20081224.070016.801
    Dec 25 01:00 incr-20081225.070010.681
    Dec 26 01:00 incr-20081226.070019.191
    Dec 28 01:00 incr-20081228.070010.714
    Dec 29 01:00 incr-20081229.070013.539
    Within these directories contain nearly 600 GB in HDD space. Do I need to keep all of the directories or can I delete all of the "full" directories besides the latest "full" directory?

    Thanks,
    -Marc

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    Yes, you can delete the older full backups. If you are cautious about deleting backups then move the backup folder to backups_old and make a new backup folder (check the permissions) and then run a new full backup. That way you have a fresh folder and you can archive off the old backups to a tape or something.

    Oh, and I'd suggest upgrading the the current version, but you already knew I was going to say that, right?

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    Default Thank You!

    There is a newer version?



    Yes, I know we need to upgrade; however, I do like your subtle approach.

    Thank you for the thorough response - it is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    -Marc

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    I just moved my backup directory out of /opt/zimbra so when I need to rsync prior to an upgrade, it doesn't take forever. Can I simply move the contents of my now old backup directory to the new one, or is that going to throw some backup database or log file off?

    Or, can I also just delete the old backup directory?

    Thx in advance.

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