This topic contains instructions for each page in the Backup Schedule Wizard in the Windows Server Backup MMC snap-in.

Page Details

Getting Started

For information about prerequisites and the overall process, see Checklist: Schedule Automatic Backups.

For instructions for using this wizard, see:

Modify Scheduled Backup Settings

If you have already created a backup schedule, you can use this page to modify the current settings or cancel the scheduled backups from this page.

Select Backup Configuration

You can choose to back up all volumes that contain your files, data, applications, and operating system state—or just certain volumes or files.

Select Items for Backup

Select the check boxes for the items you want to include in the backup, and enable the backup to be used for system state recovery or bare metal recovery. In addition, click Advanced Settings to access the tools to exclude certain files or file types, and to specify whether the backup will be a Volume Shadow Copy Service full backup or copy backup.

Specify Backup Time

Specify whether you want to run backups just once a day or more than once a day.


If you want to create a schedule for backups, but need to run backups at different times on different days, you can use Task Scheduler and the Wbadmin start backup command to run a series of tasks to create backups. For instructions, see Configure Automatic Backups with Task Scheduler.

Specify Destination Type

Specify whether you want to store backups on a local hard disk, volume, or remote shared folder. For more information about choosing a storage type, see Backing Up Your Server.

Select Destination Disk

You can use this page to select one or more attached disks to use to store your backups. If you do not see the disk that you want to use listed, click Show All Available Disks and then select the check boxes for the disks that you want to use. The disks will then appear in the list of available disks. For instructions for using multiple disks, see Configure a Backup Schedule for Multiple Storage Disks.


If you are using BitLocker Drive Encryption to protect your server, if possible, make sure the storage location you choose is also protected with BitLocker Drive Encryption. This will not happen automatically—it must be enabled explicitly. For instructions, see the Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide (

Select Destination Volume

If you want to store backups on a volume, click Add to view and select the available volumes. If you choose to store backups on a volume instead of dedicating an entire disk, there may be a decrease in performance (up to 200 percent). This is due to the use of shadow copies to create backups and can cause a performance problem if users are also storing other data that they need to access on the volume.

Specify Remote Shared Folder

If you are storing the backup in a remote shared folder, type the path to the folder.


When you create the backup, the folders WindowsImageBackup\<ComputerName> will be added to the shared folder. The backup will be saved in <ComputerName>. However, you should not append the shared folder with the added folders.

Also on this page, specify whether you want the backup to be available only using the credentials that you used to create the backup, or whether you want to allow anyone who can access the remote folder to be able to access the backup.

Keep or Change Backup Destinations

Use this page to specify whether you want to keep, add, or remove backup destinations. The options available depend on the storage type that you are using to store backups.


Review the choices that you made in the wizard. When you click Finish, the disk or disks that you selected will be formatted and/or the changes that you made to the current schedule will be implemented.


View the status of whether the schedule was successfully created or modified.

Additional considerations

  • To configure or modify a scheduled backup using Windows Server Backup, you must be a member of the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

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