How to use the Scheduler

This article explains how to schedule backup jobs in Backup4all. A scheduler can be set for a backup to be executed automatically at certain time intervals (daily, weekly, monthly) or at system startup, logon, when idle or shutdown.

On this page: How to schedule an existing backup job, backup group or One Touch Backup Video Tutorial backup Scheduler How to schedule a backup job,backup group or one touch backup to run at system shutdown Video Tutorial for how to backup at system shutdown How to schedule a backup job, backup group or one touch backup without using Backup4all

A backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” can be scheduled from the Schedulers window of Backup4all (or for a backup job by right-clicking, selecting Properties->Scheduler). The Schedulers window lists all the available information about the scheduled backup jobs and allows you to Add, Edit, Delete and Schedule new backups.

Note: By default Backup4all uses the Windows Scheduler. To add or to modify a scheduled job you have to enter the password for the currently logged-in user. This is not required if you're using Backup4all's Standalone Scheduler. This password is required by Windows Task Scheduler to run the scheduled backup job even if there is no users logged in, or if the computer is in hibernation or stand by mode.

How to schedule an existing backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup”

To schedule an existing backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” using the Windows Scheduler, the Windows login password is required. If you don't have a Windows login password, please go to: Tools->Options->Preferences. You must set (check) the Allow blank passwords when scheduling option.

Note: In Backup4all 3 you can find this option in Tools->Options->General page.

Steps to follow when scheduling an existing backup job, backup group or “one touch backup”:

  1. Open Backup4all, press the Scheduler (F11) button.
  2. In the Schedulers window, click on the Add button. The Schedule Job window will open.
    • In the Run section you can select between a backup job, a backup group and one touch backup. 
    • In the Execute section choose between the Main application and the Command line application to be displayed when running the backup (default is Main application).
      Note: For a backup job you can select the operation to perform when scheduled, from the Action drop-down list.
      • Backup when the scheduler starts, this selected backup type will be performed.
      - you can set the Clear backup before run option. Backup4all will first delete the ".bkc" file and all zip files associated with the current backup job and after that execute the scheduled task.
      • Load when the scheduler starts, the job will be loaded.
      • Test to do a test operation when the scheduler is started. You can type here the backup numbers you want to test. The order you type them in is the order they will be tested.
      • Cleanup when the scheduler starts, the backups matching the cleanup conditions will be erased.
    • In the Scheduler section, you can select one of these options:
      • With Windows Scheduler to be able to run the backup even if no user is logged in. If you select this option you have to click on the Set password button and type your Windows login password in the new opened window.
      • Use built-in scheduler: the current user has to be logged on for the scheduler to be executed.
      • At system shutdown: the backup will run when the shutdown message is detected.
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3. Press OK. The Schedule window will open.

  • From the Schedule Task drop-down list, you can select the frequency for  backup.
  • In the Start time field, can be selected the time when the backup will run. Press OK.

4. Press Save.

Video Tutorial backup Scheduler:

How to schedule a backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” to run at system shutdown

A backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” can be scheduled to be executed when the shutdown command is initiated. Backup4all intercepts the shutdown message and there is no way to know if a restart or a shutdown was requested. This is why it will always shutdown your computer after the backup is executed.

Steps to follow when scheduling a backup job to run at system shutdown:

  1. Open Backup4all, go to the Backup Properties (Ctrl+P)
  2. On the Scheduler page, click on the Add button. The  Scheduled job page will open.
  3. In the Execute section you can choose between the Main application and the Command line application to be displayed when starting the backup.
  4. You can also set (check) the option to Clear backup before run.
  5. In the Scheduler section, select the Run at system shutdown option.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Press Save.

Video Tutorial for how to backup at system shutdown:

How to schedule a backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” without using Backup4ll

A backup job, backup group or “One Touch Backup” can be scheduled from the Scheduled Tasks window. To schedule an existing backup using the Windows Scheduler, the Windows login password is required. If you don't have a Windows login password, please go to: Tools->Options->Preferences. You must set (check) the Allow blank passwords when scheduling option.

Note: In Backup4all 3 you can find this option in Tools->Options->General page.

Steps to follow when scheduling an existing backup job from Scheduled Tasks:

  1. Go to Start menu, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System tools and click Scheduled Tasks.
  2. Go to File menu and select New->Scheduled Task
  3. A new task will be created. Please rename it.
  4. Right-click on the new created task and select Properties

In the Run field type:

  • for a backup job using the Windows Scheduler:

    • for Backup4all 4:
    • "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /R "job name"

      • for Backup4all 3:

      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /R "job name"

    • for a backup job using the Standalone Scheduler:

      • for Backup4all 4:

      • for Backup4all 3:
    •          "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /R "job name" -STD

      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /R "job name" -STD

    • for a backup group using the Windows Scheduler:

      • for Backup4all 4:

      • for Backup4all 3:
    •            "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /G "group name"
      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /G "group name"
    • for a backup group using the Standalone Scheduler:
      • for Backup4all 4:
                  "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /G "group name" -STD


      • for Backup4all 3:

      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /G "group name" -STD

    • for the one touch backup using the Windows Scheduler:

      • for Backup4all 4:

      • for Backup4all 3:
    •          "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /OTB

      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /OTB

    • for the one touch backup using the Standalone Scheduler:

      • for Backup4all 4:
    •              "C:\Program Files\Softland\<Backup4all edition>\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /OTB -STD
       
      • for Backup4all 3:

      "C:\Program Files\Softland\Backup4all 3\b4aSchedStarter.exe" /OTB -STD

    Note

    - the <Backup4all edition> is the edition of Backup4all installed on your computer.
    - In this examples are used the default installation paths. If you have installed Backup4all into another location, you have to type the correct file path. - If you have selected the Command line application to be used, you have to type b4aCmd.exe instead of b4aSchedStarter.exe

    1. In the Start in field type:

      • for Backup4all 4:
        "C:\Program Files\<Backup4all edition>\"
      • for Backup4all 3:
      • "C:\Program Files\Backup4all 3\"
    2. Click on Set password and type your Windows login password.
    3. Make sure the Enabled option is set (checked).
    4. Go to the Schedule tab
    5. From the Schedule Task drop-down list, you can select the frequency for  backup.
    6. In the Start time field, you can type a time to run the backup.
    7. Click OK.
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Applies to:

Backup4all 3.x, 4.x

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