when I first learned about the new VEB 1.5 feature to eject USB backup media after the backup has completed, I thought it to be a very nice idea. Taking a second look, however, I was somewhat disappointed about the "one way" implementation (no built in way to recover the drive again, so this option will always require some manual user intervention after the drive has been disabled). But, as disappointmend sometimes is a good motivation, I eventually came up with a way to overcome this limitation - it works like that:
- VEB is installed and configured to run a backup whenever its backup device is being connected (no other schedule) and to eject it when completed
- A small script (just eight lines of code) with the ability to reconnect&restart the ejected drive is being created and scheduled with Windows Task Scheduler (WTS)
- Now any appropriate combination of WTS triggers can be used to start a backup by just spinning up the USB drive and thus causing VEB to start a backup and to subsequently eject the drive again
On some of my own computers. I run this scheme now for several days - and it works like a charm. What's best: Being able to use all the scheduling power of WTS, no manual tasks whatsoever are required (very important for most of the users I know), but still the backup device is inaccessible most of the time (except the few minutes when a backup job is running). This is very welcome in ransomware bothered times. And suddenly, the new VEB feature makes sense
I compiled a short PDF tutorial on how to do this, but I'm not sure about an appropriate way to share a PDF document with this forum. Any recommendations on this?