In some cases Afi administrator might want to delete one of the backups in Afi account, for example, to restart the backup from scratch without prior history or to free the storage space occupied by backups in the account.
How to schedule backup deletion
To delete a backup for user or any other resource in the account, Afi administrator needs to locate this resource on Service -> Protection screen, then click on Recover button to go to the backup. Inside the backup one needs to click on the trash can button in the top-right corner of the screen and then confirm backup deletion in a prompted dialogue. After that the system will schedule backup deletion in 7 days and administrator will receive an email notification about the scheduled deletion. During these next 7 days administrator can cancel the deletion.
Please note that scheduled backup deletion automatically removes protection SLA from resource (user, drive, site, etc). You can assign protection SLA on resource again, but it will not cancel the scheduled backup deletion operation, instead it will create a new full backup for this resource. Please see How to cancel backup deletion section on how to cancel the deletion.
Here is a step-by-step procedure for backup deletion:
a) Locate resource
b) Click on trash can button
c) Confirm deletion
On Service -> Protection tab resources with backup that is scheduled for deletion are marked with the red Scheduled for backup deletion label with tooltip. Tooltip shows the planned deletion time for the backup.
Backup deletion events in Audit
When Afi account administrator schedules backup deletion, the system creates an audit event recording who has scheduled the deletion and for which resource.
When the backup is finally deleted, the system submits another audit event specifying which resource has been deleted and deletion reason ("Requested by user").
How to cancel backup deletion
To cancel backup deletion, Afi administrator needs to locate the backup through the Service -> Protection screen, click on Recover, then click on Cancel button inside the backup view and confirm the cancellation.