Windows Server Backup Command Reference
Updated: August 15, 2012
Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
The following subcommands for wbadmin provide backup and recovery functionality from a command prompt.
To configure a backup schedule, you must be a member of the Administrators group. To perform all other tasks with this command, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions.
You must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt. (To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.)
Configures and enables a daily backup schedule.
Disables your daily backups.
Runs a one-time backup. If used with no parameters, uses the settings from the daily backup schedule.
Stops the currently running backup or recovery operation.
Lists details of backups recoverable from the local computer or, if another location is specified, from another computer.
Lists the items included in a specific backup.
Runs a recovery of the volumes, applications, files, or folders specified.
Shows the status of the currently running backup or recovery operation.
Lists disks that are currently online.
Runs a system state recovery.
Runs a system state backup.
Deletes one or more system state backups.
Runs a recovery of the full system (at least all the volumes that contain the operating system's state). This subcommand is only available if you are using the Windows Recovery Environment.
Recovers a backup catalog from a specified storage location in the case where the backup catalog on the local computer has been corrupted.
Deletes the backup catalog on the local computer. Use this command only if the backup catalog on this computer is corrupted and you have no backups stored at another location that you can use to restore the catalog.