Windows Server Backup Email

I wanted to receive an email every day giving notice that my scheduled Windows Server Backup routines finish with success or failure. The wbadmin utility lacked all the features to do my job quickly and painlessly; it can only send emails using SMTP servers that do not require authentication.

I was hoping to use wbadmin to send an email after the utility finishes, but no luck as there was no way to configure this when creating the backup schedule.

As a result I decided to create a couple of scheduled tasks that would react to eventID’s written to the Windows-Server-Backup Operational Log. To learn more about this part, see this article I relied on. In summary I created two scheduled tasks, one for success and one for failure that calls the script to send the email.

I then built a prototype in Powershell that will handle authentication with the SMTP server, in our case Google Apps for Education. Included below is my script cobbled from the work of Chris Mugglie contributed on Stack Overflow.

$EmailFrom = “” $EmailTo = “” $Subject = “Server 2 Backup Failed” $Body = “Server 2 Backup Failed” $SMTPServer = “” $SMTPClient = New-Object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SmtpServer, 587) $SMTPClient.EnableSsl = $true $SMTPClient.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential(“”, “idreamofbacon”); $SMTPClient.Send($EmailFrom, $EmailTo, $Subject, $Body)

OK, so i can only format all the text from the code above down as one format, not good!

Need to launch the powershell script this way in scheduled task: powershell.exe -file “C:\scripts\sendemail.ps1”