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Configure automated backups using SyncToy and Windows 7's Scheduled Task

Learn how to create a new SyncToy task that automatically schedules backups of the directories clients need regularly backed up to a network share or external hard disk.

Create a new scheduled task

1. In Windows 7, open Task Scheduler by going to Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Task Scheduler (Figure F). Figure F

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2. In the Actions menu, click Create Basic Task (Figure G). Figure G

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3. Enter the basic task's name (such as SyncToy Operation) within the Name field, provide a description (such as Automated Desktop and My Documents backup operation to server's user share), and click Next.

4. Specify a Trigger value to indicate how often the task runs, such as Daily, and then click Next (Figure H). Figure H

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5. Specify the start date and time of day when the automated task should run, and then click Next (Figure I). Figure I

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6. In the Action page, specify Start A Program, and then click Next (Figure J). Figure J

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7. Within the Program/script: field, browse to the SyncToy directory and specify the SyncToyCmd.exe file (C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToyCmd.exe) (Figure K). Figure K

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8. Enter -R within the Add Arguments (optional) field, and then click Next.

9. Review the settings to confirm they are configured as intended, and then click Finish (Figure L). Figure L

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Test the new SyncToy task

  1. Highlight the Task Scheduler Library within the Task Scheduler left window pane.
  2. Select the new SyncToy task within the right window pane.
  3. Click Run within the Select Item pane on the far right.
  4. When the operation completes, log in to the server share or connect to the external hard disk to confirm the backup files are present in the proper location.

About Erik Eckel

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

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