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backup space requirement will continue to grow
Now that I've been running SP for about eight months, I've noticed that the way consolidation and retention work, the size of the backup folder will continue to grow and grow. Oh, I'm using continuous incremental backups. It looks like after a long time, the original full backup will remain forever and the list of monthly backups will grow and grow.
is there a way to consolidate older monthly backups with the full backup to create a new full backup that is not as old as the original and replace those consolidated files with the new full backup? Or perhaps, the oldest monthly backups could be consolidated together to make a single smaller file that is multiple months. Or the oldest monthly files could be consolidated into the full backup which would make it an image as of a newer date.
If none of these can work is there a recommended solution?