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How to set up multiple Windows Server backup scenarios - schedule more than one plan?

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  • I've read that it's possible to run multiple scenarios of a backup?

    I know that GUI (Windows Server Backup app) will only let you schedule just one backup plan.

    I would like to plan something a bit more complex and would like to know how to do it.

    I have two 4TB external drives and one Windows 2016 Server with one VM (3 volumes).

    I would like to set up daily VSS Full backup for Monday-Friday.

    On Saturday I would like to make a copy of Drive1 to Drive2, then set up new VSS full backup of the server on Drive1.

    Reason for this is that VSS full backup won't save whole images each day, even if it's full backup (it only writes down differentials).

    So I would like to ideally have is two full copies of server once a week and those differentials from Monday to Friday.

    Friday, June 15, 2018 1:01 PM

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  • Hi there!

    As you mentioned the GUI supports only a single scheduled backup. If you want to have multiple schedules you can use the wbadmin command to do your backup as below and create a scheduled task in Task Scheduler.

    The following example can be used to backup  BMR + SystemState + 2 Folders

    wbadmin start backup -allcritical -include:E:\Folder1,E:\Folder2 -quiet

    For further information you can type
    wbadmin start backup /?

    Best regards,
    Leon


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    Friday, June 15, 2018 1:18 PM
  • Hi,

    Just check the situation about your issue.

    Best Regards,
    Frank

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 9:45 AM
  • I thought through the whole thing and here is the new plan of backups:)

    Ideally I would like to run two separate backups. Both being Full VSS on drive1.

    Starting on Monday 20:00, then its incremental one on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Then I would start second one on Thursday 20:00, starting from a full one again and continue it with its incrementals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Next Monday morning I would run a script that would copy over both backups to drive2 and wipe drive1.

    Then on 20:00 start the process again.

    Could someone please explain me how this could be achieved?


    • Edited by phinix_mike Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:27 PM
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:27 PM
  • You can run the backups with the commands I mentioned above, and schedule them for example with the Task Scheduler using the "Run a program".


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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:51 PM