7.5. What are active and inactive files?

An active file is a file that currently resides both on your machine and on the HFS, in the same version.

There are two ways in which active files may be rendered inactive:

  • If a file has been backed up previously and therefore exists on the TSM Backup Servers but is then deleted from the live environment, when the next backup runs (manual or scheduled) the file on the TSM Servers is marked as inactive - because it has no live equivelant
    • Inactive files such as this will remain on the TSM Servers for 90 days before they are automatically removed
  • If a file has been backed up previously and therefore exists on the TSM Backup Service but the file is then updated in the live environment, when the next backup runs (manual or scheduled) the original file on the TSM Server is marked as inactive and the updated version of the file is added to the backup servers and becomes the active backup of this file
    • TSM only keeps one Version document as inactive and one live copy as active, i.e. a subsequent update to the file would see the current inactive file be deleted, the active file become inactive and a new copy of the updated file as the active version
    • For as long as there is an Active file, the TSM Servers will continue to hold an Inactive Version

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