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How to Run Powershell Commands Automatically

In order to run Powershell commands before and after backup tasks, use the corresponding fields in the Options tab. The C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Powershell.exe C:\scripts\myscript.ps1 Check the external utility and enter the above path as shown below:   The command may also be passed as an argument, like this: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe -Command {enter commands here} Important Please make sure […]

How to Exclude Files by File Extention from Backups

To exclude files of a certain type from backups, use the File Versioning/Cleanup tab, and if the extension is not already there, click the Add button and enter the extension in the following format. For example: you would enter *.pst to set up a rule for PST files. Then set ‘number of backups to keep’ […]


The error VSS_E_FLUSH_WRITES_TIMEOUT may occur in various circumstances. This error usually means the preparation of a VSS shadow took too long. The timeout is fixed in Windows and can’t be changed. Usual suspects here are heavy fragmentation on C: or having too many shadows in the system. Please check using vssadmin list shadows there should […]

Task Chaining With or Without Wait Option

The Options tab offers a feature called Task Chaining, which allows the configuration of a task to follow the current task: When Should the Wait  Option be Used? Typically when you chain tasks, it’s done to avoid overlapping tasks and to avoid having to wait in between tasks unnecessarily. When a chain of task a+b+c […]

What’s New in v4.0.5441?

We are excited to announce the second maintenance release of BackupChain version 4 (build 4.0.5441) and the 10 year anniversary of BackupChain! New Features & Changes The major new features and changes are outlined below: Breaking changes: none Centralized Management This new feature allows you to connect all your BackupChain instances together and control and […]

How to Set up Centralized Remote Management / Console / Dashboard

In order to manage many servers from a single screen without having to log on to each server individually, you need to use the Server Enterprise edition as the “master” and connect to it all other instances of BackupChain you have running on other computers. All instances of BackupChain can be remotely managed, except the […]

Is the .Net Framework Required?

BackupChain v4 no longer requires a .Net Framework installation because .Net already comes preinstalled in Windows since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. BackupChain works with .Net 4.0, included in Windows 8 and 10 and Windows Server 2012 and later, but also works with .Net 2.0 which is included in .Net 3.5 installations, on Windows […]

Backup to multiple storage media at the same time?

You can run many backups at the same time in BackupChain. However, there are certain services that do not allow parallel backups. These can sometimes include Exchange Server and SQL Server; it depends on the internal database structure. Then there could be an error with the Hyper-V backup. Our recommended method is to define several […]