I have seen this before and for the most part just used the XP instead of the cmd line. If I run a backup both ways the XP finishes much faster than the cmdline which doesnt make sense to me since I was under the impression the xp just calls the cmd line anyway. The cmd line has a one minute + period of dead time in between each database to be backed up. In a test I backed up 4 small dbs. The XP took 20 seconds for all 4 combined. The cmd line took over 5 minutes. The actual backup times are the same. It is a noticable lag or dead time before each backup actually happens. Can anyone tell me why this happens?