By AOMEI / Last update February 26, 2021

Need to schedule Windows Server Backup once a week

Windows Server Backup (WSB), a backup solution for Server users, was first introduced in Windows Server 2008. It replaced the NTbackup feature in earlier Server operating systems. By using this built-in tool, administrators can not only backup various data, but also configure a scheduled backup.

However, you may find that the scheduling options are limited. You can either set daily backups, or more frequent backups, but not less frequent backups, like weekly scheduled backups. You must disappoint with this, as the data is already protected by a Database Availability Group and your backup disk may be quickly filled with frequent backups. Thus, you would rather reduce backups to run weekly.

WSB Schedule

How to perform Windows Server Backup weekly?

Fortunately, Task Scheduler comes to the rescue. This is a management application provided in Windows operating system that enables users to schedule any task to run any time you like. Let’s learn how to create Windows Server 2012 backup schedule weekly. You also need to use Windows Server 2012 Wbadmin in the process of operation.

Step 1. Launch Server Manager by searching for it in the Start menu. Click Task Scheduler under Tools tab.

Task Scheduler

Step 2. Click Create Task in the Actions pane.

Create Task

Step 3. Give the task a name. Configure it to run whether the account is logged on or not. Then click OK.

Task Name

Step 4. Choose New under the Triggers tab.

Step 5. Select On a schedule from the pull-down menu. Choose Weekly and specify the day in a week to run the backup. Then click OK.


Step 6. Choose New under Actions tab.

Step 7. Type wbadmin in the Program/script box. Put the following wbadmin command in the pane next to Add arguments (optional). Then click OK.

start backup –backupTarget:H: -include:C: -allCritical –quiet


  • start backup: tells wbadmin.exe to start a backup.

  • -backupTarget: the target volume to store the backups.

  • -include: volume(s) included in the backup job. To backup more than one volume, separate them with a comma.

  • -allCritical: set the program to also include any other volumes or data that are required for a full server restore.

  • -quiet: runs the command silently with no visual interaction.

Step 8. Click OK. You will be prompted for the password for the user account. Then click OK.

Step 9. Task Scheduler will display the result for the scheduled task.

As you see, these steps might look a little complex, especially for some non-technical users. Note that only the partitions formatted with NTFS can be included in the backup, and critical volumes cannot be used as the target location.

In addition, you can’t share incremental and differential backups over the internet, if you choose a network as the target location. This is because multiple versions on the network share are not supported.

Easier way to run Windows Server Backup schedule weekly

However, AOMEI Backupper Server has broken these limits. It possesses the capacity to create Windows Server Backup weekly instead of daily. Other scheduling options like daily, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in and real-time sync are also supported.

All partitions can be backed up by this backup utility, even if they are not formatted to NTFS. There is no limit to the backup target location. By using it, you can even save incremental and differential backups to network, internal/external hard drives, cloud drives, and NAS devices, etc.

This program comes with an easy-to-use interface that makes your operations effortless. Take system backup as an example. The following contents will give you guidance on creating Windows Server Backup once a week.

Step 1. Download 30-day free trial to install and open this program.

Step 2. Click Backup to choose System Backup.

System Backup

Step 3. Give this backup task a name. The required system partitions are selected by default. Click to select a destination path (here is E:\).

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click Schedule to choose Weekly in the General tab. Specify the day and time to backup. You can also choose to run the scheduled backup in the way of full/incremental/differential backup under the Advanced tab. Then click OK.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. (Optional) Click Scheme to enable automatic old backups’ cleanup. There are five schemes offered: Full Backup Scheme, Incremental Backup Scheme, Differential Backup Scheme, Space Management Scheme, and Other Backup Scheme. Learn about backup scheme here.

Backup Scheme

Step 6. Review your operations and then click Start Backup.



When you intend to take backups at a lesser frequency, you can use Task Scheduler to run Windows Server Backup once a week. However, some certain restrictions must be followed. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper Server removes these restrictions with its powerful features. More pleasing, this utility is featured with file/disk/partition backup. Don’t forget to use them, if needed.