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Scheduling backups to happen automatically is perhaps the most important and often overlooked part of a backup strategy. I'll show you how in Reflect.
Now that we've installed Macrium Reflect and created some backups, it's time for the computer to take over the task.
Scheduling backups to happen automatically without you having to do a thing is critical for ongoing protection.
I'll walk you through setting up a scheduled backup using Macrium Reflect.
In Macrium Reflect, click the Scheduled Backups tab:
Because we haven't scheduled any backups yet, click the green plus icon to add a new one.
When we created our original full image backup, Macrium also created a backup definition file that contains definitions of all the various parameters of our backup. It's this definition file that we now use for scheduling. Click it ("My Backup.xml" in the example above) and click Next.
Select Incremental as the backup type. Because the backup may run while we're not logged in, enter account credentials so that the scheduled task can "log in" to do its job. You can also give the scheduled task a name; perhaps something like "Nightly Backup".
Next, you need to select how frequently you want this backup to happen. In general, I recommend that you select Daily.
Enter a start time that your computer is likely to be on, but not being used. I tend to select random times in the middle of the night because I leave my computer on all of the time. Most folks should just select "Every Day", although perhaps a business computer used only during the week might select only weekdays.
"If missed then run at next start-up" is a decision for you. If the computer is not running at the scheduled backup time, there are two alternatives:
Checked: The next time that you turn on your computer, the missed backup will begin. This may impact the overall performance of your computer until the backup completes.
Unchecked: The missed backup is simply skipped. You'll probably want to make sure that the computer remains on for the next scheduled backup or consider choosing a time when the computer is more likely to be on.
Backups are important enough that, unless you have specific reasons, I recommend leaving this checked and performing a missed backup at the next start-up.
Finally, you're presented with a summary of the backup options selected. Click Finish and you're done.
You can close Macrium Reflect at this point if you like. It's scheduler will make sure that the backups happen according to the schedule and options that you've set.
This is Leo Notenboom for AskLeo.net.
So far, we've installed Macrium, we've created rescue media so that we can boot and restore to a completely dead machine should we ever need to. We've created an image backup; a full image backup of the entire machine and we've created an incremental backup of changes between the time that incremental backup was taken and the full backup. Now comes to automate the process by scheduling backups.
In Macrium Reflect, click on the 'Schedule Backups' tab; there are none so far so we click on the 'plus' sign to add a new scheduled task. The backup definition file that we created when we originally created when we took our first full backup is what we'll start with.
We will call this an incremental backup. Since this will happen at a time when you're not actually logged in, you'll need to provide your account credentials. We'll be logging in here as me with my password. And the task name can be whatever you like. 'Nightly backup' is a good one since that's the basic idea behind what we're attempting to do here. We're going to do this daily. I'm going to pick an arbitrary time of 1:48 in the morning and we're going to start tomorrow and we'll run ever day.
'If missed then run at the next stat-up.' This is an option you can choose if you want to. The trade-off is that the back-up will be running when you start using your computer and it's possible that your overall performance may be affected. If you choose to not run at the next start-up, then it's important to leave your machine running to make sure that the backup happens at it's next scheduled opportunity.
Macrium shows us a summary of the settings we've chosen and we're done. We now have a nightly backup that will run every morning at 1:48 and will perform an incremental backup of the entire machine. Each night, things that changed the previous day since the previous backup will be collected into the incremental backup. At this point, it's actually safe to go ahead and close Macrium Reflect as it will have added it's own scheduled tasks to its own software or to a Windows task scheduler so that the software will in fact run at the appropriate time.
The next video in the series: Macrium Reflect 6: Restoring an Image.
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