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Tech Tip on a Tuesday – Backup Without Logging In


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Did you know you can run a backup on a Windows Home Server connected PC prior to logging in to that PC? Just power on the PC and wait for it to become active in the Computers and Backup tab in Windows Home Server.


My parents never leave their HTPC on overnight. That is a fine practice except their EX470 texts me and says the HTPC is not backed up. I do not need to have them turn on the TV and HDMI pass-through stereo and then use the Logitech remote to change functions and pull out the keyboard just to back up!



Turn the PC on. Go to your Windows Home Server console and the PC will show up as connected. It might take a minute depending on your OS and CPU speed.


In addition, you might want to give it an extra few minutes to update any virus protection. For those of us with Microsoft Security Essentials the update happens in a few minutes even if you do not log on. Click on the Backup Now icon and WHS will prompt you to Backup Now. You can also right mouse click.


Enter a name if you want and click on Backup Now.


Let the good times roll!


After the backup is complete I use the AutoExit 2008 Add-In if I need to turn off the system.


You can find that Add-In at:

and my review at:

See you next Tuesday,


Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. I also use AutoExit 2009 to wake up the computer – saving me a trip down two flights of stairs, or if I'm at work – driving home!

    Very cool functionality…

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