Optimal settings for consolidating backup image files
Configure the settings for the backup image file consolidation task in ActiveImage Protector's post-backup task and ImageCenter LE task as follows:
Leave latest n incremental file(s) → Specify the number of incremental files that should be excluded from consolidation.
Use Smart Consolidation → If the source incremental image files for consolidation include deleted data, the size of the consolidated image file decreases by the size of the deleted data. While this may increase processing time, it reduces storage requirements.
Regarding the number of image files to keep, when the "Leave latest 7 incremental image files" option is enabled, 9 image files will remain at the destination. The existing image files are as follows: [List of existing image files].
Red-boxed image file:
This is the base (full) backup image file. The consolidation task runs to consolidate incremental backup image files, excluding the base backup image file.
Blue-boxed image file:
Incremental backup image files are consolidated into this file. Since this file is not included in the "Leave latest n incremental image files" option setting, n + 1 backup image files will remain. For example, if you enable "Leave latest 7 incremental image files" option, 7 + 1 = 8 incremental backup image files will remain.
Yellow-boxed image file:
These incremental backup image files were excluded from consolidation. These are the 7 incremental image files specified for the "Leave latest n incremental image file(s)" option.