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Windows 7: Add System Image Backup to Task Scheduler?

27 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Add System Image Backup to Task Scheduler?


Do you happen to know how I can add image backup to the scheduled tasks? The built in ones only seem to cover Windows Backup, not image backups. I can't find any documentation on guides on running this from the command line, and especially not task scheduler. If you can at least point me in the right direction, it would be very appreciated. If I am totally missing anything built in, please call me an idiot and embarass me.

I would like for this to be automatic without having to buy anything additional, since my most recent crisis... Active @ Drive Image failed on me telling me its own image was not a valid image file. Very disappointed in them. I even ran the image verification utility every once in a while and never got a hint that there was a problem. The years that have gone by and I trusted that my images were cool and everything... The one time I need them to come through, they crash and burn. I would also like to test EVERYTHING I can for Microsoft and give them feedback and everything for anything that is amazing or doesn't seem to be working as intended.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 64bit

I really can't find anything on this anywhere. I'm beginning to think that powershell is the key and all the masters are very quiet and humble and I should dive as deep as I can into Powershell myself to free my mind from the UI.

Please note that if you teach me something in Powershell, I will not think you are boasting or anything but helpful and I promise to share it with others at every opportunity.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
Try This

OK, I was looking for the same thing and read your post - once I figured it out, I decided to post the answer here as well.

In Task Scheduler, click Create Task. Click the Actions tab. Click the New button.

Leave Action on "Start a Program." In the "Program/script" field, type in WBADMIN. Then under "add arguments," type in:

START BACKUP -backupTarget:X: -include:c:

. . . where "X" is the drive letter of your backup drive, and "c" is your primary hard drive.

Set the triggers, settings, and conditions to whatever you like.

Image Backup does an incremental "ghost" of your HD, adding any changes since your last Image Backup, and keeping all previous backups available as well.

Thanks to the folks at microsoft and wikipedia for the info:

The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog : Learn more about system image backup

Wbadmin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Nov 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

you do not need to use scheduled tasks. Go to back up and restore - change settings-next-let me choose. You have the option to include system image on the schedule that you have chosen. I see now that the insturctions were given by the prior poster. In any case, enjoy.
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