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PersBackup

Personal Backup Version 5.9

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Automatic backups using Windows Task Scheduler

In addition to the possibilities built into the program for starting automatic backups, you can also achieve this by using Windows Task Scheduler. This method can have certain advantages:

Select the Windows Scheduler tab at the top right of the program desktop. The resultant list (see screenshot on right) will show all Windows scheduled tasks using Personal Backup together with their next run times.
Detailed information for a selected task will be displayed beneath the listing.

Important note:

Personal Backup version 5.9 supports the extended features of the Windows Task Scheduler available since Windows Vista. Therefore, if using the program under Windows XP, the Windows Task Scheduler wizard will not work.

Creating a new backup schedule

 
New scheduled task   Click this button to start the wizard.

Settings
The current backup task will automatically be inserted as to be performed by Personal Backup. You can add further backup tasks by clicking the folder button to the right of the Tasks (Backup) field. A special start directory (should only used for special purposes) and a separate log file for this backup can be specified if so desired. Any filename can be chosen and entered into the Log field. Leaving this field empty will cause the log to be written to the log file specified in the task options (default:Persbackup.log).
The following additional options can be selected to determine the behavior of the program:

No splash screen
The splash screen will be suppressed at program start.
No progress window
The backup will be executed in the background. No progress window will be displayed but instead, an animated icon will appear in the Windows notification area. To hide or display the progress window, click this icon.
Show status
On completion of the backup, the status window will be displayed for a preset time.
Priority
Here, you can specify the priority of the file copying processes relative to other running applications.
Log file
Logging can be carried out as defined in the backup task to be performed. Alternatively you can select another type of log for this scheduled task irrespective of the task settings.
Subsequent action
Selecting one of these options will cause the associated action to occur on completion of the scheduled backup.

Clicking the Next button will enable you to configure the schedule.
 

Daily schedule

Schedule Advanced settings
The main options are similar to those in the Windows scheduled task wizard. To initiate a daily backup, first select the time of day this is to start and on which date (default being the current date). By default, the backup starts every day but optionally a preset number of days can be skipped. In addition, optionally you can specify the date from which no further backups will be performed, a repeat interval with duration, a maximum runtime and a restart if the scheduled start was missed (Advanced settings).
To enter the user account data click on Next.
 

Weekly schedule

Schedule
The start time and start date can be selected as described above for a daily schedule. The backup can be started every week (default) or can skip a preset number of weeks. In addition you can determine on which days of the week the backup is to be performed. Clicking the upper right button will open the Extended settings (see above).
To enter the user account data click on Next.
 

Monthly schedule

Schedule Schedule
The start time and start date can be selected as described above for a daily schedule. The backup can be started on particular days of the selected months or on particular days of selected week of the selected months. Clicking the upper right button will open the Extended settings (see above).
To enter the user account data click on Next.
 

Other times

Schedule
Other options for starting a backup are:

One time only
The backup is to be started once at a selectable time on a selectable date.
On log on
The backup is to be started whenever the specified user logs on.
On waking up the computer
The backup is to be started every time the computer is waked up from stand by or hibernation.

User account

Account Account
At this point you can edit the desription of the task (Default: This task was created by Personal Backup).
At last you must define how the task is to be started:

Clicking the Done button inserts this new or changed task into the list of Windows scheduled tasks and closes the wizard. You can inspect the task settings directly from Personal Backup (see below) or by using the Windows functions All Programs ⇒ Accessories ⇒ System Tools ⇒ Task Scheduler or via Control Panel ⇒ Administrative Tools ⇒ Task Scheduler.

Automatic Verify using Windows Task Scheduler

You can configure a Windows scheduled task to carry out an automatic Verify by clicking the Scheduled tasks button inside the Verify dialog. The configuration procedure is the same as described above for backups.

Automatic Restore using Windows Task Scheduler

You can configure a Windows scheduled task to carry out an automatic Restore by clicking the Scheduled tasks button inside the Restore dialog. The configuration procedure is the same as described above for backups.

Automatic Cleanup using Windows Task Scheduler

You can configure a Windows scheduled task to carry out an automatic Cleanup by clicking the Scheduled tasks button inside the Cleanup dialog. The configuration procedure is the same as described above for backups.


Editing scheduled tasks

Edit   Click this button to reconfigure a scheduled task.

Scheduled tasks
Only tasks listed in Windows Task Scheduler involving Personal Backup are displayed in the Select Scheduled Task dialog box (see screenshot above). The properties of the selected task are displayed in the lower part of the window. Clicking the toggle switch at the right will enable, resp. disable the selected task. Click one of the buttons at the lower right to initiate one of the following functions:

Edit the settings for the selected scheduled task, e.g. the time schedule (see above).


The selected scheduled task will be deleted.


Run the selected scheduled task immediately or stop it: If the selected scheduled task is ready, clicking this button will start the taskk immediately. If it is already running, the task will be stopped.


J. Rathlev, 24222 Schwentinental, Germany, January 2018