MS SQL Maintenance Plan not Deleting Previous Backups

I don’t normally include Windows related stuff here because…….well…..its Windows! But this one irritated me so much, I thought I’d share in case anyone else was experiencing this problem.

So I’m using SQL server 2012 to backup all my databases. I have a daily backup running every night at midnight. I also have a maintenance plan in place to delete backups older than 3 days. The backup has been working fine but the problem that the maintenance plan was not deleting any old backups. Frustratingly there was not much to go on in the logs.

Below are my successful settings.

Backup Plan
Backup Plan
Maintenance Plan
Maintenance Plan

The important part here was to make sure the verify backup integrity was ticked!

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