Stop Windows backup while recovering a Server

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Information, Windows General
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If you use Windows Server Backup then chances are you have the scheduled task that starts the backup still using the default settings that was created. For the most part this is fine.

However, recent experiences have led me to make one small change. If you have a server crash for whatever reason, the default setting for the backup task is to run the backup if the previous event was missed. This means that if the crash happened before teh backup time, then when you bring the server back up it will attempt to start the backup right away.

This can be a real pain as you may be in the process of trying to get services running again and the disk (and system) will run painfully slow while the backup tries to run. You also probably don’t really want a backup done just yet until you know you have a system in a good state that you actually want backed up. All depends on your circumstances.


First things first. Stop any backups that have already started.

  1. Open a CMD window “As Administrator”
  2. Type the command “wbadmin stop job”
  3. If there is a job running, select Y to stop it

It might take a while for the job to finish, but when it does the system will start responding much better.

To prevent it doing that again in the future:

  1. Open Task Scheduler
  2. Navigate to “Task Scheduler Library | Microsoft | Windows | Backup”
  3. Open the properties on the task entry
  4. Click the “Settings” tab
  5. Untick the “Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed”
  6. Click OK to save the change

Now you will be able to do what you need to do and get the server running. Once it’s all sorted, just open Windows Backup and do a “Backup Once” using the existing schedule settings to do a backup.

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