PERFORM BACKUPS FROM THE COMMAND CONSOLE
You're probably very familiar with the Backup application included
with Windows. Backup provides a graphical interface for creating,
cataloging, and restoring backup sets.
In many situations, Backup's GUI is all you need to manage backups
on a workstation. Occasionally, however, you might need to initiate
a backup operation from a command console. For example, perhaps you
want to create a backup script and run the script using the AT command
every day at 3:00 A.M.
The Backup application's executable, ntbackup.exe, supports several
switches and options for command-line execution, making it possible
to perform backups dynamically from a console or integrate backup
operations in a script.
You can't specify the files and folders to include in the backup by
setting options from the command console. Instead, you must create
a selection set with the GUI and save the set as a file with a BKS
file extension. To do so, open Backup, select the folders and files,
and choose File | Save Selections As. Enter a name, click Save, and
The following command syntax backs up the folders and files defined
in the file MySet.bks, names the backup set "My Backup", and stores
the backup in G:\backups\MyBackup.bkf:
ntbackup backup "G:\BackupDefs\MySet.bks" /j "My Backup" /f "G:\backups\MyBackup.bkf"
For more information on the syntax for ntbackup.exe, open a command
console and enter ntbackup /?, or search the Help file from the GUI