This Acronis FAQ states this: I'm planning to use Acronis with the command line interface, to stop and start certain database related services. However, when using command line imaging, I have to wait for the backup to complete fully before my batch file resumes. Is there a way, using the command line, to tell if the "snapshot" part has completed, so that I can restart my services before the actual backup takes place? The competing V2I protector/livestate recovery can do something like that in scheduled tasks, but I need command line. Actually, V2I/Livestate fails miserably in VMWare environments! Thanks a million!