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Quick way to review status of Windows 7 backup

Hello Experts,

I've had to put in place a temporary solution using Windows 7 backup.  I would like for the end user to be able to check the status each morning to ensure there have been no failures, etc.

I have created a shortcut to c:\windows\system32\sdclt.exe.  This does show when the last backup took place.  Is there any way to indicate whether the backup was successful, has failed, etc?

Thanks in advance.

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Brad GrouxCommented:
Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center under Maintenance

As far as I know there aren't any PowerShell CmdLets to query Windows 7 backup status unfortunately.
realtimerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Brad.  Yes, this is where the shortcut leads.  I was hoping there was something that could list date, backup status, etc.
Hi Real,

Check this link.. really useful..  you have all information required..

whole system backup" was using the CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE function via the Backup and restore GUI panel??

Click on Start ORB, search on "cmd", when it comes up, right-click and "run as administrator".

Issue this command:

wbadmin get versions

It will list information each "known to Windows" System Image that you took.

Did you move or rename your WindowImageBackup folder?

See this thread for examples of wbadmin get versions output:

System Image info, shadow/system restore storage - internal workings (Link is below)

Nothing ever in the clear!

This technical paper will help you implement VMware’s VM encryption as well as implement Veeam encryption which together will achieve the nothing ever in the clear goal. If a bad guy steals VMs, backups or traffic they get nothing.

Matt CoughlinCommented:
Hello Realtimer,

I would think that you could create a shortcut to event viewer with specific filtering to only show the backup events. I believe that Windows Backup logs both successful and unsuccessful backups to the event viewer.

Another thought, doesn't Windows Backup create a log file? Maybe you could just create a shortcut to the directory where they are stored. Just a thought.
realtimerAuthor Commented:
Matt - this was perfect.  Thank you very much!!

Matt CoughlinCommented:
Your welcome :-)

Just curious, which method did you elect to proceed with?

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