Opalis 6.3: Checkpoint Cleanup with Opalis and System Center Virtual Machine Manager
So now that you are provisioning VMs and checkpointing them regularly you may find that there is a sudden growth in your storage devices . This is good, and it is important to manage VM sprawl with good processes that identify and remove old VMs. For checkpoints it is useful to have a rolling a checkpoint strategy. So if you have put your checkpointing on a schedule, you can also put your checkpoint cleanup on a schedule. This is a really simple workflow that will keep your checkpoints from growing out of control.
Every 7 Days is a Monitor Date/Time activity that runs every 7 days to kick off the workflow.
The Calculate 90 days prior activity takes todays date and subtracts 90 days from it. The activity uses the Object End Time of the Every 7 Days activity as its reference point.
Now that we have the date, we can use the Get Checkpoint activity to Get Checkpoints older than 90 days by using the returned date from the Calculate 90 days prior.
And then the Manage Checkpoint finishes the workflow off and will Remove the Checkpoints that were retrieved by the Get Checkpoints older than 90 days.
This is a compact workflow that will keep your storage clean and well maintained.