How do I back up my Windows 2008 Server to a network share?

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello all,

I'm trying do a full backup over the network to a shared folder on another server. I understand the limitations of the Windows Server Backup, and am trying to use a workaround found here:

So, I'm trying to create a batch file that will run the backup every night. This is the command I'm trying to use:
Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\server\shared-folder -include:C: -vssFull -quiet

But I get this error (HELP!):
C:\Users\administrator.DOMAIN>Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\server\shared-folder -include:C: -vssFull -quiet
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

ERROR - Command syntax incorrect. Error: -backupTarget:\\server\shared-folder. Se
e usage below.

    [-backupTarget:{TargetVolume | TargetNetworkShare}]
Question by:jspicuzza
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    Accepted Solution

    There is an inexpensive ($249) third party utility called Backup Assist ( that is a front end for the backup utilities of Windows server.  I have used it at a number of location and have found it well worth the investment.  It will create the backup scripts for you.

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