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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Using the Command Line to Manage Backups

There are two ways to do backups from the command line—using Windows PowerShell or using the Wbadmin command. Personally, we much prefer using Windows PowerShell for everything we can, but there are limitations here. The PowerShell interface to backups is done through a PowerShell snap-in, and this snap-in does not provide any interface to doing restores, only backups. This isn’t a huge problem because in the vast majority of cases you don’t need to automate restores, but you can and should be automating backups.

The other significant limitation of Windows PowerShell support for managing backups is that it isn’t available on the Microsoft Hyper-V Server. This means that you can’t use Windows PowerShell to ...

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