Fixed: Windows Server Backup Schedule Not Running

Posted by @Cody

April 12, 2016

Why is Windows Server Backup scheduler not running as expected? This article will explain it and provide you a solution.


You create a scheduled backup in Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 for regularly data backup, but Windows Server Backup schedule is not running as expected. When you manually start the backup, it runs as successfully. This article will show you how to troubleshoot and fix this problem.


Many reasons could result in Windows backup schedule not working. Scheduled backup will fail when the target backup location is not available to write data to at the scheduled time. That the Volume Shadow Services and other related services are neither set to Automatic nor Started will also lead to scheduled backup unable to start. If you use Task Scheduler to run Windows Server Backup, the Task Scheduler service or settings may be the cause of scheduled backup failure.


Based on the causes of this problem, you can check the thinks below to fix it.

1. Whether you want to backup to external hard drive or network share, make sure the destination location is well connected and you do have permission to write data to it.

2. Type “services.msc” in the Run box and pree Enter to open Services. Then locate the Windows Server Backup service and Volume Shadow Services, and change the Startup type to Automatic.

3. If after that, schedule backup is not started as it should, you can write a wbadmin backup command or make a script batch file and then let Task Scheduler to run it.

4. For those who are using Task Scheduler to run scheduled backup and it still fails, you can manually start the task to see if it works. If it backups successfully, you can check if the Task Scheduler service is set to Automatic and the task was set to Run whether user is logged on or not. If it fails after a manual start, you need to check if the wbadmin command is correct.

Alternative backup program

If Windows Server scheduled backup failed after trying all these steps, you may use another server backup program to run scheduled backup instead of Windows Server Backup. AOMEI Backupper Server is your best choice for it supports run scheduled backup with its own services or Windows Task Scheduler and there are no limitations to where to save the backup images. What’s more, it provides multiple types of backup stratagies. No matter waht you want to backup, it will content you.

To create scheduled backup with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Download and run this software. For system is more convenient, system backup will be set as an example to show you how it works.

2. It will bring you the intuitive interface. Click “Backup” and then go to “System Backup”.

System Backup

3. As you can see, the needed partitions has been included in “Step1”. You need just click “Step 2” to specify the backup destination location where the backup will be saved.


4. After that, click “Schedule” to enable a schedule to decide when to run the backup. The scheduled backup will be performed with incremental backups. If you need to change it, click the “Advanced” to configure.


5. Back to the System Backup screen and confirm the backup task. If no problem, click “Start Backup” to add or run this scheduled backup.

For a scheduled backup, you can also enable Disk Space Management to automatically delete the old backups as your wish. Besides, many backup options like email notification, encryption are available. Therefore, When you cannot fix the Windows Server Backup schedule not running problem, AOMEI Backupper is your best choice to run scheduled backup in Windows Server.