Backups can accumulate on the backup file server and consume a large amount of storage. You can run a script that comes with NSX-T Data Center to automatically delete old backups.
You can find the Python script nsx_backup_cleaner.py in the directory /var/vmware/nsx/file-store on NSX Manager. To access this file, you must log in as root. Typically, you schedule a job on the backup file server to run this script periodically to clean up old backups. The script works only for subfolders named cluster-node-backups and inventory-summary. The script fails if any other subfolders are present in the backup directory other than cluster-node-backups and inventory-summary.
nsx_backup_cleaner.py -d backup_dir [-k 1] [-l 5] [-h] Or nsx_backup_cleaner.py --dir backup_dir [--retention-period 1] [--min-count 5] [--help] Required parameters: -d/--dir: Backup root directory -k/--retention-period: Number of days need to retain a backup file Optional parameters: -l/--min-count: Minimum number of backup files to be kept, default value is 100 -h/--help: Display help message
The age of a backup is calculated as the difference between the backup's timestamp and the time the script is run. If this value is larger than the retention period, the backup is deleted if there are more backups on the disk than the minimum number of backups.
For more information about setting up the script to run periodically on a Linux or Windows server, see the comments at the beginning of the script.