Cleaning up the secondary backup count using PowerShell cmdlets

You can use the Remove-SmBackup cmdlet to clean up the backup count for secondary backups that have no Snapshot copies. You might want use this cmdlet when the total Snapshot copies displayed in the Manage Copies topology do not match the secondary storage Snapshot copy retention setting.

Before you begin

You must have prepared the PowerShell environment to execute the PowerShell cmdlets.

About this task

For information about PowerShell cmdlets, use the SnapCenter cmdlet help or see the cmdlet reference information.


  1. Initiate a connection session with the SnapCenter Server for a specified user by using the Open-SmConnection cmdlet.
    Open-SmConnection  -SMSbaseurl  https:\\
  2. Clean up secondary backups count using the -CleanupSecondaryBackups parameter.
    This example cleans up the backup count for secondary backups with no Snapshot copies:
    Remove-SmBackup -CleanupSecondaryBackups
    Are you sure want to remove the backup(s).
    [Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "Y"):