62991: Acronis Cyber Protect: how to set up shutdown after backup


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Last update: 26-04-2022


If you want your Windows machine to turn off automatically after completing the backup job, you can set up automatic shutdown using native Windows commands.


  1. Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5: in the backup plan, open Backup options -> Pre/Post commands,

    Acronis Cyber Protect 15, Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud: in the protection plan, go to Backup module, then to Backup options -> Pre/Post commands,

  2. Enable the Execute a command after the backup switch.
  3. In Command field, specify the path to Windows Shutdown command: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe

  4. In Arguments field, type: /s 

    More parameters can be found in https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-c...

  5. Save changes
  6. The shutdown will be executed with a 30 seconds delay after backup completion: such delay is usually sufficient for e-mail notification to be sent after backup (in case e-mail notifications are enabled).
 If any other activities start after backup (replication, validation, clean up), they will fail if automatic shutdown is set up via post-backup command.