powershell command with timer

I have a sequence of events that need to take place for a workstation.

1) it needs to stop the sql service
2) copy mdf and ldf files over the network to a backup location
3) start the sql service

do I have to schedule 3 separate tasks in task scheduler to complete this?

or in one powershell script can I.

1) stop  sxql service
2) wait 30 minutes
3) copy over mdf and ldf files
4) start sql service


or would I have to have 3 separate scripts run each on its own task

task1) stop sql service
task2) copy over folders
task3) start sql service
jamesmetcalf74Asked:
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Any reason you are not using online backups? MSSQL has pretty easy-to-use commands for that. Putting the instance (!) offline sounds pretty harsh.

But you can do, of course.
stop-service MSSQL$MSSQL2012
start-sleep 30*60
copy-item C:\MsSql\Data\ S:\Backups\ -Include *.ldf, *.mdf, *.ndf
start-service MSSQL$MSSQL2012

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MSSQL2012 is the instance name of MSSQL, and the other values should be obvious.
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jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
Question Olemo

will step 3 complete before it starts step 4.
will powershell wait until the copy item completes? before it starts step 4

or do i need to put another start-sleep command for a time period that will allow step 3 to complete

Thanks Olemo
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
A cmdlet always suspends execution until completed, if not used in a pipe (dir | select FullName is a pipe, and will run as whole).
  a
  b
  c
will always execute in sequence, and b only after a has finished, etc.
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