Do you limit the number of backup files you retain because of limited disk space?
Did you know that you can significantly reduce the amount of space your .bak files need by selecting a simple option in your backup procedures?
Within SQL Server backup, under "Options," there is a place to turn on compression.
This will significantly reduce the size of the resulting backup file.
NOTE: I have not seen it significantly increase the time it takes to complete the backup. I also have not had any problems restoring from a compressed backup file.
Yes! This is available within your maintenance plans as well!
BizTech ERP Consultant