Windows Server Backup Schedule Less Than Once a Day

Posted by @Cody

August 24, 2016

learn the simple trick to use Windows Server Backup to schedule less than once a day backup job.

Is it possible to schedule a backup less frequent?

Windows Server Backup (WBS) was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 as a replacement of NTbackup. In the later Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has added more new features into WSB, such as incremental backup to network share. However, you cannot use Windows Server Backup to schedule less than once a day backup job with the WBS interface. You can only schedule daily backup jobs or more frequently. If you want to have a less frequent scheduled backup, like weekly scheduled backups, you can create a scheduled task with Task Scheduler to run WBadmin backup command as a workaround.

Daily Backup

Schedule less frequent backup with WBS

For those who are familiar with Task Scheduler, they should know how convenient it is to create a scheduled task with this built in tool. You can have windows server backup schedule weekly/monthly, besides daily. To let Task Scheduler to run backups for you, you must learn the WBadmin commands in Windows Server 2012/2008.

To create scheduled backup with Task Scheduler:

1. Type “task scheduler” in the search box, and in the listed results, choose Task Scheduler.

2. Click “Create Task” to start the scheduled task configuration.

Task Scheduler

3. In General, you can name the task by typing in the Name box. Move down to the Security options, and check the option “Run whether user is logged on” instead of “Run only when user is logged on”.

4. Switch to Triggers tab, click “New” to add a new trigger. In the new pop out window, you can specify any day(s) in a week or month to run the task rather than daily.

5. Then go to Actions tab, and click New to add a new action. Input “wbadmin” in the Program/script box, and a WBadmin command in the Add argument (optional) box. For example to create a WBadmin bare metal backup to H: drive, just type the following command:

start backup -backupTarget:H: -allcritical –systemstate -quiet

6. You can adjust other settings depending on your needs and click “OK” to finish creating this less frequent scheduled backup.

The backup disk will eventually get full though it claims to delete old backups automatically. When it does, you can delete backup files using WBadmin command. If you think this method is too complicated for you and you need something more simpler to create scheduled backups, you can try third party server backup software AOMEI Backupper Server.

Backup less than daily with Server backup tool

AOMEI Backupper Server allows you to directly create daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers scheduled backup without the help of other programs. Besides, incremental backup, it also provides differential backup, and incremental backup network share is also out of question. It supports System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, and File Backup. Here we will take system backup as an example to create scheduled backup with AOME Backupper.

1. Download, and run this backup utility for Windows Server.

2. Click “Backup” tab, and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

3. In the next screen, you can see the needed partitions for an system restore has been added in the backup. You need to just click “Step 2” to specify a target location path to save the backup image files.

Step 2

4. Click the “Schedule” button to specify when exactly you want the backup to run. As in Task Scheduler, you can set a specific time in a day, any day in a week or month or when a special event triggers to start the backup.

Weekly Backup

5. Click “Scheme” to enable automatic old backups cleanup, and click “Start Backup” to finish creating this task.

If you have problem using Windows Server Backup to schedule less than once a day backup scheduled tasks, AOMEI Backupper is your best alternative. Besides, backup and restore, it also allows you to clone your server to another hard drive or SSD to protect your server.