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How To: On the Spot Cleanup of Unwanted PC Client Databases

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Introduction

As we know once a week Windows Home Server schedules a job to go through and delete its unnecessary or no longer desired PC Client backups that it accumulates over time. However, there are times when the Hard drive that the databases are being backup to are running low on room and may need to delete these backups sooner than one week. Problem is that there is no way of running the databases cleanup job manually within the WHS Dashboard. Now thanks to one of our Forum Members there is now a way of doing so from within Task Scheduler (In previous versions of Windows it was called ether “Task Manager” or “Scheduled Tasks”).

Who this Article is For?

This article is to be used with either Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, or Small Business Server 2011 Essentials for anyone who wants to delete unwanted PC Client Backups manually and not have to wait the customary once a week.

Requirements

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Disclaimer

The How to information is intended as a guide or a helping resource to those who are trying to delete PC client Backup databases manually rather than letting it run its scheduled task once a week. There is no 100% guarantee that this will work as described in this article. I assume no responsibility for any consequences of running the PC client database task manually and the user will assume the full risk of any adverse effects of doing so.

Instructions

1. From the Client PC or  Remoting into the WHS 2011 Server click on the Dashboard.

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2. Select the “Computers and Backups” Tab from the Dashboard Menu.

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3. Select the Client PC that you would like to choose to Delete previous backups of and right click on it with your mouse then Select “View properties of previous backups”..

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4. Select (Just Highlight) the backup you want to delete.

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5. Under the Edit backup details at the top of the properties radio box select the option – “Delete this backup when Cleanup runs”. then click “apply”.

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John Keller
John Keller
John has been in the IT profession for over 20 years along with being certified in both Comptia Security + (2008 edition) and a MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) on Both Windows XP & Server 2003 Administration, He currently works as an Windows System Administrator for Northrop Grumman in the Greater Los Angeles Area and manages 3 Windows Active Directory Private Networks (Two 2008 R2 and One 2012 R2) along With 2 VMware EXSI 5.5 Servers in the US. He has been an avid fan and follower of Windows Home Server (Now the Essentials Role of Windows Server) and Visualization Since 2009. He is currently trying to exploit the full potential of Microsoft's Windows Server Operating System to the Home & Small to Medium Business Community along with the power of Visualization. When not being a Nerd and a Geek he likes to watch Movies, Read Comic Books, and most importantly spend time with his family.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks guys, we have spoken about this a few times on the Home Server Show Podcast, but do not have a blog post on the subject. This is the 1st time I see it so well documented. It’s definately a sticky for me.

  2. Thanks guys, we have spoken about this a few times on the Home Server Show Podcast, but do not have a blog post on the subject. This is the 1st time I see it so well documented. It’s definately a sticky for me.

  3. Thanks guys, we have spoken about this a few times on the Home Server Show Podcast, but do not have a blog post on the subject. This is the 1st time I see it so well documented. It’s definately a sticky for me.

  4. Thanks guys, we have spoken about this a few times on the Home Server Show Podcast, but do not have a blog post on the subject. This is the 1st time I see it so well documented. It’s definately a sticky for me.

    • Thanks Johnny but I can’t take all the credit, There was one fourum member who initially came up with the concept. Me and one other person added and polished the process.

  5. Really great job as always ITBeast,
    Always look forward to your How To’s and Tech Guides.
    Glad I could play a small part in this one. Keep on Tech’n and writing those guides.

  6. Really great job as always ITBeast,
    Always look forward to your How To’s and Tech Guides.
    Glad I could play a small part in this one. Keep on Tech’n and writing those guides.

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