Quick way to review status of Windows 7 backup

Posted on 2014-08-15
Last Modified: 2014-08-20
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.

Question by:realtimer
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    by:Brad Groux
    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.

    Author Comment

    Thanks Brad.  Yes, this is where the shortcut leads.  I was hoping there was something that could list date, backup status, etc.
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    Expert Comment

    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)
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    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.

    Author Comment

    Matt - this was perfect.  Thank you very much!!

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    Expert Comment

    by:Matt Coughlin
    Your welcome :-)

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

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