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The title pretty much sums it up. We are running out of space on our backup disks, and need to remove old backups out of the set. I can't seem to find any information on this.

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I would change your backup strategy to write to individual files for each database backup. You could then have a maintenance plan step that examines your backup location and removes *.bak files older the X days.

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Agree 100% - write your backups as individual files. Use maintenance plans or Ola Hallengren's excellent scripts. – Peter Schofield Nov 2 '11 at 22:53
We ended up doing this, just stinks that we have to have a maintenance plan, and that the backupset can't handle that. – Jeremy Boyd Nov 11 '11 at 15:05

There's no way (that I've ever heard of) to delete a single backup from a backup file. This is why people write each backup to a separate file so you can just delete the old files.

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