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Wbadmin get versions

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: January 2, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

Lists details about the available backups that are stored on the local computer or another computer. When this subcommand is used without parameters, it lists all backups of the local computer, even if those backups are not available. The details provided for a backup include the backup time, the backup storage location, the version identifier (needed for the wbadmin get items subcommand and to perform recoveries), and the type of recoveries you can perform.

To get details about available backups using this subcommand, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions. In addition, you must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt. (To open an elevated command prompt Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator.)

For examples of how to use this subcommand, see Examples.

wbadmin get versions
[-backupTarget:{<BackupTargetLocation> | <NetworkSharePath>}]
[-machine:BackupMachineName]

 

Parameter Description

-backupTarget

Specifies the storage location that contains the backups that you want the details for. Use for listing backups stored at that target location. Backup target locations can be locally attached disk drives, volumes, remote shared folders, removable media such as DVD drives or other optical media. If wbadmin get versions is run on the same computer where the backup was created, this parameter is not needed. However, this parameter is required to get information about a backup created from another computer.

-machine

Specifies the computer that you want backup details for. Use when backups of multiple computers are stored in the same location. Should be used when -backupTarget is specified.

To list items available for recovery from a specific backup, use wbadmin get items.

To see a list of available backups that are stored on volume h, type:

wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:h:

To see a list of available backups that are stored in the remote shared folder \\servername\share for the computer server01, type:

wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:\\servername\share -machine:server01

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