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How to Create a Custom Schedule with CloudBerry Backup

This post applies to CloudBerry Backup 1.4 and later.

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CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows backup and restore that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. With CloudBerry Backup GUI you can schedule backup plan to run at most every day at specified time. For most of the businesses and home users this is a reasonable default. However, sometimes you might need to schedule backup plan to run more frequently. Currently, you can’t do that using the console, but this is exactly the case where our command line interface and Windows Task Scheduler will help

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Command Line Interface

CloudBerry Backup command line interface is implemented by a little tool called cbb.exe

To try it out run windows console cmd.exe. Make sure you change your current folder to CloudBerry Backup product installation folder by default at C:\Program Files\CloudBerryLab\CloudBerry Online Backup\

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Run cbb ? to get some basic help

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Run cbb –l to get the list of existing backup plans. It is necessary to run this command to get the plan ID. You will use it in the future to schedule the plan. There are 10 plans in my system. You can quickly spot a plan you want to schedule by looking at the plan names.

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To run a given backup plan you can use CloudBerry Backup console executable with the plan ID as a command line argument. You should replace {Plan ID} with the ID you found using cbb – l command.

C:\Program Files\CloudBerryLab\CloudBerry Online Backup>“CloudBerry Online Backup Service.exe” {Plan ID}

 


Windows Task Scheduler

To create a Windows Task go to Control Panel | Scheduled Tasks and click Add Scheduled Task. Copy the command above with the plan ID into the Run field.

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Now you can take advantage of all advanced scheduling options available for Windows Task:

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Conclusion

Even though CloudBerry Backup doesn’t provide very flexible scheduling options through CloudBerry Backup console you can always use command line interface and Windows Task Scheduler to make your schedule run according to your needs.

CloudBerry Backup command line interface is capable of doing much more than simply listing and scheduling plans. You can create plans, configure various settings, run backup and restore operations. To learn more about it please refer to the online documentation.

CloudBerry Backup is a Windows program that leverages Amazon S3 storage. You can download it at http://cloudberrydrive.com/ . It comes with onetime fee of $29.99 (US) per copy.

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Marketing Manager at CloudBerry Lab, the company that specialize on tool that makes Cloud Computing adoption easier. CloudBerry Lab is established in 2008 by a group of experienced IT professionals with the mission to help organization in adopting Cloud computing technologies by closing the gap between Cloud vendors propositions and consumer needs through development of innovative low costs solutions.