Create Windows Server 2008 Backup Schedule Weekly with Simple Ways

Posted by @Cody

August 24, 2016

Two ways to configure a Windows Server 2008 backup schedule weekly task to run automate backup, although Windows Server Backup in Server 2003/2008/2008 R2/2012 can either schedule a daily backup, or more frequent backup.

Why would you want to backup server weekly?

As we all know, one cannot be more serious about backing up data. Why would someone set weekly backups, instead of daily backup or even more frequent? If you have taken other procedures to protect your server, such as disk RAID array (RIAD 5, RAID 6) or Database Availability Group, rather than schedule backup daily, you can backup server weekly to save more disk space. If you want to run different types of backup each day a week, you can create a few weekly backup tasks.

Schedule weekly backup with Built-in tool

Windows Server 2008/2008R2 have its built-in utility to configure a scheduled back task to run backups automatically. However, it can only set backup tasks to be performed once a day or more than once a day. Fortunately, there is a workaround to schedule windows server backup task by using Task Scheduler to run Wbadmin full backup.

Backup Schedule

1. Type “task scheduler” in the search box and select Task Scheduler.

2. Click Create Task to begin the settings.

Create Task

3. In General, set a task name, and check the option Run (to know) whether user is logged on.

4. In Triggers, click New to specify which day(s) you want the backup to run.

5. In Actions, Click New to add. Type “wbadmin” in the Program/script box, and type a WBadmin backup command in Add argument (optional). For example to backup the C: drive including all critical volumes to the G: drive, you can write the following command:

start backup -backupTarget:G: -include:C: -allcritical

6. Check other settings based on your needs. If all are good, click OK and input user password.

Then a weekly backup task is set. However, only the partitions formatted with NTFS can be included in the backup, and critical volumes cannot be set as target location. If you need something more professional and easy to use, you can try Server backup tool, like AOMEI Backupper Server.

Schedule weekly backup with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server, server backup software, can directly create daily/weekly/monthly/envent triggers scheduled backup using either Task Scheduler or its own technology. Additionally, it also provides incremental/differential backup. What’s more, it supports Windows Server 2003, 2008/R2, 2012/R2, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC operating systems

1. Download the server backup software. Install and launch it.

2. Under Backup tab, select one backup type from file/folder, system, partition, and disk backup, taking system backup as example.

System Backup

3. Click Step 2 to select a backup target location as system backup will automatically choose the backup source partitions.


4. Click Schedule to configure a windows server 2008 backup schedule weekly task. If you want use Task Scheduler to start the task or set incremental/differential backup, you can click Advanced in the pop-out window. You can also click Scheme to enable Disk Space Management to free up more space by deleting obsolete backups.


5. Review the task, and click Start Backup to add this task.

AOMEI Backupper allows you to perform restore via Windows Pre-OS mode, bootable media, or AOMEI PXE tool, even if your server is unbootable. Besides, it also enables you to clone your system, partition, or disk to keep your data safe.