8111: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Running a Backup Task via a Shortcut

Last update: 17-08-2020

Run a backup task without starting the product

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Server for Windows (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Small Business Server Edition
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation (Standalone)
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server - Virtual Edition



You can trigger backup creation by executing a small batch file.


  1. Create a batch file with the following contents:

    eventcreate /T Information /ID 1 /L Application /D Backup-Start /SO AcronisScript

  2. Start Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 and set there what and where you would like to back up;
  3. Under How to back up set Backup scheme -> Custom:

  4. Click Change next to the backup type (Full, Incremental or Differential):

  5. Select At Windows event log event and set the following parameters:
    • Log name: Application
    • Event source: AcronisScript
    • Event type: Information
    • Event ID: 1

  6. Click OK and set other options if necessary.

    For example, you can also make the machine automatically shut down or log off after the backup. See Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Automatic System Shutdown or Logoff after Backup or Recovery.

  7. Click OK to create the backup plan.
  8. Now, clicking the batch file will start the backup:

More information

This way of running the backup does not support E-mail notifications and the dashboard.