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Can SQL 2008 R2 Express be set to make a backup file nightly

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We are using SQL 2008 R2 Express to store less than 100 MB of data. Is there a way to set SQL to perform a nightly backup to the hard drive?
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you can use this workaround;

http://www.sqlteam.com/article/scheduling-jobs-in-sql-server-express

or sqlcmd together with windows task scheduler
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using task scheduler, the command should be something like

Sqlcmd -S .\SQLEXPRESS -q "backup database mydbname to disk = N'c:\backup\location\mydb.bak''

the trick is that the account used to run the scheduled task must be able to login to the sql server, and sql server must have access to the backup location
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Thanks for writing out the command line. It really helps a novice like me.
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