Can you change the backup time just for a laptop that's on a Windows 2012 Server essentials domain?

We have a laptop we are adding to our 2012 Server Essentials network.

The client backups are set to run from 6PM to 9AM (the default times?).

Is there a way to have the laptop backup run during the day?  The user takes the laptop home in the evenings.

And are these all full backups or incrememental?  If all all full, That would take a while / slow things down on the network / on that laptop which is why the out of the box backup is in the evening / overnight?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think trying to work through a back up process may prove troublesome.  

See if the backup you are doing can happen between noon and 1:00pm (lunch hour)
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
not sure if I was clear.  using just the server essentials client computer backup, there's a spot for setting backup window (we have it set for overnight to cut down data traffic / performance issues during the day).

But a laptop that is a member of the domain is only here during the day.  Is there a way to custom set 1 machine for a backup window different than all the rest?  And if you say 9AM - 5PM and the user puts laptop on network at 10AM, did they miss the window or does the server keep trying to start the backup even after 9AM, if it failed at 9AM?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It will try the next day at the same time.

I do not know about changing the backup time for one user, but you could have a separate schedule for this laptop to backup at a convenient time during the day.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
yes, the backup times are for the devices not users.

that's the point of the question: How do I 'have a separate schedule for this laptop to backup at a convenient time during the day'
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In this Microsoft article below, it tells you how to do local computer backups and also how to change the schedule. I hope this helps

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server-essentials/manage/manage-client-computer-backup-in-windows-server-essentials
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
Yeah, that's just telling you how / when to set the backup for all the clients. not how to make an exception / run back up for a specific machine at a different time.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks. But those are the same as the first page. And that 2nd link is to the section on manually backing up a computer at that time (not even manually in an hour, etc.).

I appreciate your help but it might not be doable?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
According to the second link:   Quote "In the Tasks pane, click Customize Backup for the computer. " it seems you can disable the backup for a computer.   I was thinking that in this section, you might also be able to change the schedule.

However, perhaps not, as the backup mounts a backup media and it may not run sections on demand. So it does appear it cannot be done to a schedule.

You could remove the laptop from the back up. Then add it back on a monthly basis when the laptop can be left in the office.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
This is a low priority for me, not sure when I'll get to it but here's something someone elsewhere posted that sounds like it might work.  Posting for the next person that has this issue...

Seems like you should be able to use Task Scheduler to run a Powershell script (Start-Wss​Client​Backup) on the client computer, scheduling it for a time outside of the normal backup window.

Start-Wss​Client​Backup
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/wsscmdlets/start-wssclientbackup?view=winserver2012r2-ps

How to: Run PowerShell Scripts from Task Scheduler
https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/17736-run-powershell-scripts-from-task-scheduler
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update
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