Scheduling a batch job

Microsoft / Windows vista
September 24, 2009 at 14:51:16
Specs: Windows Vista Ultimate SP2, 3GB

I am thinking of creating an automated off-site
backup system for my PC. It will be a batch
file that contains various commands to run
WinRAR to archive all the users' home
directories, and then finally FTP all the archive
files to my hosted web space for safe keeping.

I want to run this batch file at night every week
when nobody is logged into the system. It
therefore needs to be a non-interactive job.

I've never done this before on Windows, so I
have some questions.

1. Is the above possible?

2. How do I get the batch job to create a log
file containing all the output of all the
commands? Can I specify this when I
schedule the weekly job, or do I have to put
redirections on every line of my batch file?

3. Is there any free software that does the
above, to save me reinventing the wheel?


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September 25, 2009 at 05:56:13
1. Depends on the command line options of Winrar, but I think so.

2. You can include the redirection in the scheduled task's Run box

3. Nothing free, that I know of.

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