Example 6. Backups within working hours

Consider the following scenario:

  • You want to back up your server’s critical files every day.
  • You want the first backup of each day to be full and to run at 01:00 AM.
  • You want the backups during working hours to be differential and to run every hour from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM.
  • You want to include a creation date in the name of each backup file.

In this scenario, you need to create two backup plans as follows:

  1. When creating the first backup plan, specify ServerFiles([DATE]) as the archive name, select the Name backup files using the archive name… check box, select Full as the backup type, and schedule the backups to run every day at 01:00:00 AM.
  2. When creating the second backup plan, specify the same settings as in the first backup plan, but select Differential as the backup type and schedule the backups as follows:
    • Run the task: Daily
    • Every: 1 Hour(s)
    • From: 08:00:00 AM
    • Until: 05:01:00 PM


  • The full backup of January 31, 2011, will be stored as ServerFiles(1.31.2011).tib.
  • The 10 differential backups of January 31, 2011, will be stored as ServerFiles(1.31.2011)2.tib, ServerFiles(1.31.2011)3.tib, and so on up to ServerFiles(1.31.2011)11.tib.
  • The following day, February 1, the backups will start with the full backup ServerFiles(2.1.2011).tib. The differential backups will start with ServerFiles(2.1.2011)2.tib.

See also “The [Date] variable”.

Example 6. Backups within working hours