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There's a built in shortcut for the One Click Backup but can I create a shortcut for one of my jobs?
I am playing Max Payne 2 and have an Acronis file backup job for it. I'd like to be able to click on a shortcut without opening the Acronis software and navigating to it.
Is this possible?

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Yes. Since you mentioned One-Click, I'm assuming you're using TrueImage Home 2010, but you don't mention the OS, so there may be a difference in the where the needed files are located on your system. The root folders for these locations are hidden by default, so you may have to set your folder and search options to show hidden files/folders:

- Open a CMD window and navigate to: "C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Scripts"
- Enter the command (everything inside the brackets, not the brackets themselves): [findstr /i "task name" *], where "task name" is the name of your task.
- You should see one ".tib.tis" file found, and the filename will be a long sequence of letters, digits and dashes, generally referred to as a "GUID".
- Click on the system menu in the upper-left corner of the CMD window, and select "Edit->Mark". Use the mouse to highlight everything to the left of ".tib.tis" and press "Enter" to copy this text to the clipboard.
- Right-click on your desktop and select "New->Shortcut".
- Browse to the file: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe", select it and click "Next". If you're using a 64-bit flavor of Windows, the root folder will be the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
- Name your shortcut and click "Finish" to save the shortcut.
- Right click the shortcut and select "Properties".
- Select the "Shortcut" tab and edit the "Target:" text to append: [/script:"GUID" /uuid:"GUID"], where "GUID" is the filename you copied to the clipboard. Be sure there is a space character between the .EXE name and the first command parameter.
- Select the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Run this program as an adminstrator" checkbox.
- Click "OK" to save the changes to the shortcut.

You now should be able to run the task directly from the desktop. If Windows gives you a "file not found" message, re-check the shortcut target. If the task starts, but quickly fails, check that you have the CMD parameters and GUID name entered correctly.

Hope this helps!

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@garryj
Wow, Garry, thank you for taking the time to post all that information! You the man.
I have Windows 7 Ultimate and it worked perfectly.
Instead of going through the DOS command box, I navigated to the scripts folder and opened each job up until I found the one that said "Max Payne 2" as the name of the task.

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#3

This is great. I've wanted to do this for a while.

For Windows XP users, the scripts are stored in the All Users profile:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Scripts

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Also, there was a prior posting here. There is also an KB article available but I did not try to find it.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1451145&postcount=2

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Glad I could be of some help. For desktop start jobs, I prefer to use TrueImageHomeNotify to get progress feedback in the system notification area.

TrueImageHomeService is the process that actually does the job, so if you don't want any desktop feedback, that's the one to use.

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garryj wrote:
Yes. Since you mentioned One-Click, I'm assuming you're using TrueImage Home 2010, but you don't mention the OS, so there may be a difference in the where the needed files are located on your system. The root folders for these locations are hidden by default, so you may have to set your folder and search options to show hidden files/folders:

- Open a CMD window and navigate to: "C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Scripts"
- Enter the command (everything inside the brackets, not the brackets themselves): [findstr /i "task name" *], where "task name" is the name of your task.
- You should see one ".tib.tis" file found, and the filename will be a long sequence of letters, digits and dashes, generally referred to as a "GUID".
- Click on the system menu in the upper-left corner of the CMD window, and select "Edit->Mark". Use the mouse to highlight everything to the left of ".tib.tis" and press "Enter" to copy this text to the clipboard.
- Right-click on your desktop and select "New->Shortcut".
- Browse to the file: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe", select it and click "Next". If you're using a 64-bit flavor of Windows, the root folder will be the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
- Name your shortcut and click "Finish" to save the shortcut.
- Right click the shortcut and select "Properties".
- Select the "Shortcut" tab and edit the "Target:" text to append: [/script:"GUID" /uuid:"GUID"], where "GUID" is the filename you copied to the clipboard. Be sure there is a space character between the .EXE name and the first command parameter.
- Select the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Run this program as an adminstrator" checkbox.
- Click "OK" to save the changes to the shortcut.

You now should be able to run the task directly from the desktop. If Windows gives you a "file not found" message, re-check the shortcut target. If the task starts, but quickly fails, check that you have the CMD parameters and GUID name entered correctly.

Hope this helps!

My question. So it should look like:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe /script:D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A /uuid:D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A"

Tried with and without space before the /uuid. However when I try to save it I get an error that says the name in the target box is not valid.

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The quotes are wrong. Try this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A" /uuid:"D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A"

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MudCrab wrote:
The quotes are wrong. Try this:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A" /uuid:"D6E45DED-FCC5-4F32-854C-D105A8FDF01A"

Okay, it allowed me to saving this after correcting the quotes. I double clicked on it and it did start but then failed right away. Now when I double click nothing happens.

Edit: after correcting the quoted info I forgot to check the Run as Admin option in the properties. I think I'm good. Is there anyway to get around the UAC when double clicking on this shortcut for just this only?

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SBMongoos,

Oh... here's my post. I forgot you jumped threads.

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You could probably create a task in the Windows Task Scheduler to run the TI task and then create a shortcut to start the Windows Task Scheduler task. Administrator settings would be set in the task.

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Coming in here about 4 months after last post.
This is what I placed in the-target box of "shortcut properties.

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"69A0D1A1-0D60-4FBA-B240-3AD17A0FB92A"/uuid:"69A0D1A1-0D60-4FBA-B240-3AD17A0FB92A"

It saved Ok and when I double clicked the shortcut I got the UAC and then nothing. How can I tell if the task is running?

Anybody see what is wrong?

I confirmed the path and it is correct. My OS is W7 Ultimate 32bit.

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#11

Do you have a space before /uuid: ? There should be one and there isn't one in your post.

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I think I have found a way to put an image backup on the W7 scheduler. I uninstalled AHTI 2010 and reinstalled. Upon re-installation I was given the opportunity to One-Click an image backup. This step created a "shortcut" on the desktop. Apparently creating the "shortcut" is a one time event that occurs on installation. Maybe I'm wrong on that, but that is my impression.
Anyway I went to properties of that shortcut and copied the TARGET info to the notebook. I then saved the note book as a batch file, .bat. I then created a task in the W7 scheduler and used the batch file as the action.
I then went back to AHTI 2010 and edited the task the way I wanted it, particularly the schedule I set to NONE, the W7 scheduler will handle everything. Especially nice is it will "wake" the computer in the middle of the night to accomplish the backup. Will test this setup tomorrow AM early . Have already run the scheduler manually.
So that takes care of making an image automatically using the W7 scheduler.

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Very handy info. In fact, I created a shortcut and saved it on my Acronis partition so that all I need do is paste in the script & uuid.
Is there a way to create a shortcut that both creates and validates in one fell swoop?

Thanks!

Forgot to mention version info: ATIH 2009

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Version 2011 has made it much easier to create desktop type shortcuts to run your TrueImage
Tasks.

Drag & Drop functionality - you can recover backed up files by dragging them from Acronis Time Explorer to your Desktop or a folder of your choice. In addition, you can create shortcuts for backups by dragging their boxes from the My backups area on the main screen to your Desktop. This will allow you to run a backup by simply double-clicking on its shortcut. You can also create shortcuts for frequently used Acronis tools by dragging their icons from the Start menu to the Desktop.

Also, inside MY BAckups folder, you can right click on the "Operations" tab and choose the "Create shortcut" onto your desktop for that specific task.

These shortcut can be used in the Windows Scheduled Tasks to start backup tasks or batch/command files. Sample pictures of creating the shortcut and using Windows Scheduled task is listed below.

http://forum.acronis.com/forum/14935#comment-45074

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GroverH wrote:

Version 2011 has made it much easier to create desktop type shortcuts to run your TrueImage
Tasks.

Hi Grover. Thanks for the info. I was remiss in not mentioning that I'm running v 2009. I haven't tried 2011 yet, as the comments regarding 2011 have not been great (as was also the case w/2010). So my question would really apply to 2009. I like the shortcut functionality, and perhaps I will try the trial version in the near future. I have edited my original query to include the proper version.

Thanks!

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More information on shortcuts available in item 7-J inside my signature index below.

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GroverH wrote:

More information on shortcuts available in item 7-J inside my signature index below.

Thanks Grover. The item you referenced prompted me to see the obvious. I'll quote and answer my question for context:
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Is there a way to create a shortcut that both creates and validates in one fell swoop?

Yes. Check the validate option when creating the imaging task. Create your shortcut.
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A quick check of the logs shows that validation did run.

Thanks,
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garryj wrote:
Yes. Since you mentioned One-Click, I'm assuming you're using TrueImage Home 2010, but you don't mention the OS, so there may be a difference in the where the needed files are located on your system. The root folders for these locations are hidden by default, so you may have to set your folder and search options to show hidden files/folders:

- Open a CMD window and navigate to: "C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Scripts"
- Enter the command (everything inside the brackets, not the brackets themselves): [findstr /i "task name" *], where "task name" is the name of your task.
- You should see one ".tib.tis" file found, and the filename will be a long sequence of letters, digits and dashes, generally referred to as a "GUID".
- Click on the system menu in the upper-left corner of the CMD window, and select "Edit->Mark". Use the mouse to highlight everything to the left of ".tib.tis" and press "Enter" to copy this text to the clipboard.
- Right-click on your desktop and select "New->Shortcut".
- Browse to the file: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe", select it and click "Next". If you're using a 64-bit flavor of Windows, the root folder will be the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
- Name your shortcut and click "Finish" to save the shortcut.
- Right click the shortcut and select "Properties".
- Select the "Shortcut" tab and edit the "Target:" text to append: [/script:"GUID" /uuid:"GUID"], where "GUID" is the filename you copied to the clipboard. Be sure there is a space character between the .EXE name and the first command parameter.
- Select the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Run this program as an adminstrator" checkbox.
- Click "OK" to save the changes to the shortcut.

You now should be able to run the task directly from the desktop. If Windows gives you a "file not found" message, re-check the shortcut target. If the task starts, but quickly fails, check that you have the CMD parameters and GUID name entered correctly.

Hope this helps!

Hi,

I have TI Version 9.

I created 2 batch files. One that runs TrueImageService and one that runs TrueImageNotify.

They both run my script file just fine, (from looking at the backup logs).

However, they both fail to send me an email notification once the task is completed.

If I manually run the task from the TI user interface, the task runs successfully and it also sends me an email notification after the task completes.

Is there a way to fix this, so I can get my email notifications when batch running TrueImageNotify.exe?

Thanks in advance.

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HeadHodge,
Using 9, I believe you have no remedy but using the new vesion 2011, TI uses a new special program (TrueImageLauncher.exe) to launch the shortcut via the desktop or batch file or Windows Task Scheduler. Now, TI is aware of the backups being created via the shortcuts and these backups are now a part of the consideration when consolidation is scheduled or needed. Running a shortcut now in 2011 is essentially the same as running from within the GUI.

http://forum.acronis.com/forum/16086#comment-49269