How to Create Multiple Schedules in Windows Server Backup?

July 3, 2019

Read this guide to get two practical ways to create multiple schedules in Windows Server Backup. Applied to Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, etc.

Is it possible to create multiple schedules with Windows Server Backup?

Windows Server Backup (WSB) allows you to protect your data automatically by configuring daily scheduled backups. With the WSB user interface, you can only create one backup schedule. Once a scheduled backup was created, you can either delete it or modify it using the Backup Schedule Wizard if you want to create another scheduled backup.

But now you need more than one backup task, like a daily backup task for the folders you use every day and a weekly backup task for system state drive. Is it possible? Well, the answer is Yes. There are two methods that can help you finish the job. You can first read and then choose one according to your need. Now let’s start to see how to create multiple schedules with Windows Server Backup.

Methods to create multiple schedules for Windows Server Backup

Method 1. Create multiple schedules with Task Scheduler

To create multiple scheduled backups, you can use Task Scheduler to run Wbadmin command. With Task Scheduler, you can create weekly scheduled backups or less frequent schedules rather than daily backups.

Step 1. Click Start and type “task scheduler” in the search box. Select Task Scheduler in the listed results.

Step 2. Under the Action tab, select Create Task.

Create Task

Step 3. In General, you can name the task and write a description if needed. Then check the option Run whether user is logged on or not.

General

Step 4. Then go to the Triggers tab and click New to choose when you want the backup to run. You can set one time, daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

New Trigger

Step 5. Go to the Actions tab, and click New to begin as well. Type “wbadmin” in the Program/script box, and write a backup command in Add argument (optional) box. If you are not familiar with wbadmin in Windows Server 2012/2008, here is an example to back up the entire C to the H: drive:

start backup -backupTarget:H: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

New Action

Descriptions:

  • start backup: tell wbadmin.exe to start a backup.

  • -backupTarget: the target volume to store the backups.

  • -include: the volume(s) to backup. To backup more than one volume, separate them with a comma.

  • -allCritical: tells the backup program also includes any other data that are required for a full server recovery.

  • -quiet: to perform unattended backup tasks.

Step 6. Click OK to finish creating this scheduled task. Or you can also go to Conditions tab and Settings tab to have a check.

With this method, you can have as many scheduled backups as you want without worrying Windows Server Backup overwrite old backups. However, for anyone who’s not familiar with the Windows Task Scheduler, this method can be complex and error-prone.

Note that the WSB in Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 cannot include volumes larger than 2040GB (2TB) in a backup, and scheduled backup on network share will only be completed with full backups instead of incremental backups. In addition, only partitions formatted with NTFS file system can be included in the backup, and you can not set the critical volumes as the target destination.

If you are neither comfortable with WBadmin command nor with Task Scheduler or you may want a more flexible way to make a backup, then you can switch to third-party server backup program that can have multiple scheduled backups with easy operations. Just keep reading to get it.

Method 2. Create multiple scheduled backups with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Server is one professional server backup software which allows you to configure multiple backup schedules running with Task Scheduler or its own service.

  • It lets you configure daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers multiple backup schedules running with Task Scheduler or its own service.

  • You can choose to do full/ incremental/differential backup for the scheduled task as per your need.

  • Partitions that are not formatted with NTFS can be backed up and the destination is not limited.

  • Supports Windows Server 2003, 2008/R2, 2012/R2, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC operating systems.

Moreover, AOMEI Backuppper Server has a user-friendly interface. You can create multiple scheduled backups in a few clicks. The following are the steps to create multiple scheduled backups with this tool.

Step 1. Download 30-day free trial, install and launch the server backup tool.

Step 2. Under Backup tab, choose what to backup. You can have file/folder, system, partition, and disk backup. We are taking system backup as an example.

System Backup

Step 3. The needed volume(s) is (are) selected by default. You can name the task and click the column to select the destination path.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click Schedule to decide when you want to the task to run and click OK to confirm. Finally, click Start Backup to finish creating this scheduled task.

Schedule Settings General

Notes:

1. In the Schedule Settings interface, you can click Advanced to choose a way (full/incremental/differential backup) to perform the backup.

2. You can click Options to set a password to encrypt your backups.

3. Click Scheme to enable Disk Space Management that can automatically delete obsolete backups if needed.

Conclusion

Now you get two ways to create multiple schedules for Windows Server. If you are not content with Windows Server Backup’s multiple schedules feature, AOMEI Backupper Server is the best alternative. Besides backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper also provides you the option to clone system, partition, or disk to protect your server without imaging.

If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.