Automate Your Backups in Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise
This article assumes that you are using Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate and that you have already performed at least one full backup to a second internal or external hard drive. In this segment, we want to look at using the tools provided in the premium versions of Windows Vista to automate daily or weekly full incremental backups of our entire hard drive. If you're looking for an alternative solution to backups also checkout Acronis True Image 2009. True Image 2009 provides complete backup of your system, disk cloning, and imaging features, Bright Hub review available here.
We’ll do this by creating a job in Task Scheduler to run the command line program "wbadmin.exe."
If you’d like to try a hands-on test run before creating the task, start an elevated command prompt by clicking the Vista start button, selecting All Programs, then Accessories, and then right-click “Run as administrator." Click Continue when Vista asks for permission. Then type in:
Wbadmin start backup –backupTarget:F: -include:C:
Replace F: with the drive letter where your backups are kept. You’ll see the program asking for permission to continue, so press “Y" on your keyboard, and then you’ll see some output like this: