I've just discovered the true beauty of TrueImage: TrueImageTerminal.exe! After trying some earlier versions of TrueImage I always found it a bit bloated with at least 3 processes running steadily in the Background, etc. The power was there, but I like my systems as lean as possible. Now I'm working for a company which uses Enterprise Edition v8 and there I stumbled upon TrueImageTerminal.exe. I fiddled a bit and in the end came up with pretty simple batch scripts which call some predefined TI scripts to backup partitions to our Allnet NAS. Those batch scripts are scheduled with the native MS Task scheduler, so no need for the Acronis Scheduler or TrueImageMonitor.exe anymore. For some obscure reason TrueImageTerminal always autostarts "schedul2.exe" / "schedhlp.exe", but I took care of that by killing these processes (with pskill from Sysinternals) everytime at the end of the batch script. This scenario is working perfect now for about two weeks without any Acronis background processes running in between the scheduled backup jobs. Here's some code for anyone interested: Acronis Backup script for Partition C: (DRIVEC.TIS) Code: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <batch> <version> 2.0 </version> <display> Backup Drive C: </display> <description> Backup Drive C: </description> <stage> <description> Backup Drive C: </description> <backup> <archive> <file> \\NETCENTER\Backup\drive_c.tib </file> </archive> <source letter="C" /> <options backup_acronis_svc="false" compression="normal" /> </backup> </stage> </batch> CMD Batch script to be executed by MS Task Scheduler (CBACK.CMD) Code: :: set environment to local SETLOCAL :: change to current dir CD %~dp0 :: TrueImageTerminal executes a predefined backup script in a CMD Window start /wait %~dp0TrueImageTerminal /execute:%~dp0DRIVEC.TIS :: crude error checking logfile created via %errorlevel% of "TrueImageTerminal.exe" set ERROR_LEVEL=%errorlevel% if not "%ERROR_LEVEL%"=="0" ( echo %DATE% >> %~dp0backup.log echo %TIME% >> %~dp0backup.log echo "Backup failed!" >> %~dp0backup.log goto end ) echo %DATE% >> %~dp0backup.log echo %TIME% >> %~dp0backup.log echo "Backup successful!" >> %~dp0backup.log :end :: unset local environment ENDLOCAL :: kill Arconis Scheduler processes pskill schedul2.exe pskill schedhlp.exe exit So thanks Acronis for a great program - even if it took me a while to discover it's true power .