Can I Create Multiple Scheduled Backups with Windows Server Backup?

Posted by @Cody

August 24, 2016

Windows Server Backup cannot create more than one schedule. Learn how to configure multiple scheduled backups using Wbadmin commands and server backup software.

About Windows schedule backup

Windows Server Backup (WBS) in Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 allows you to protect your data automatically by configuring daily scheduled backups. With the WBS 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. 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. Note that WBS 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.

Windows Server Backup with multiple jobs

To create many scheduled backups jobs, you can use Windows built in tool Task Scheduler to run a Wbadmin command.

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

2. Under the “Action” tab, select “Create Task”.

Create Task

3. In General, You can specify a task name and write a discription if needed. Then check the option “Run whether user is logged on”, so this task will run even when no user is logged onto your server..

4. Then go to the Triggers tab. Click “New” to choose when you want the backup to run. You can has one time, daily,weekly, and monthly tasks.

Under Actions tab, 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 have a bare metal backup plus 2 folders:

start backup -allcritical -include:D:\data,D:\docs -quiet

5. Click “OK” to finish creating this scheduled task.

With this method, you can have as many scheduled backups as you want without worrying Windows Server Backup overwrite old backups. If you are neither confortable with WBadmin command nor with Task Scheduler, you can switch to third party server backup program that can have multiple scheduled backups with easy operations.

Create multiple scheduled backups with server backup software

As a backup and recovery software for Windows Server, AOMEI Backupper Server allows you to configure daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers multiple backup schedules running with Task Scheduler or its own service. What’s more, you can choose to do full/ incremental/differential backup for the scheduled task.

To create a scheduled backup with AOMEI Backupper:

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

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

3. Click Step 2 to specify a backup destination location to save the backup image backup.

Destination

4. Click “Schedule” to decide when you want to the task to run. Then click “Advanced” to chose a way (full/incremental/differential backup) to perform the backup.

Schedule

5. Click “Scheme” to enable Disk Space Management that can automatically delete obslete backups if needed, and the click “Start Backup” to finish creating this scheduled task.

If you are not content with Windows Server Backup’s multiple schedules feature, AOMEI Backupper 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.