I need to automate my SQL backups. I'm aware of how to backup thru the Winhost GUI and that works great. But I need to call the same function from my locally running .NET code which schedules the backup on some interval (ie daily). I want to execute a command such as: BACKUP DATABASE [databasename] TO DISK=N' [App_DataFolder] + [databasename] + "_backup.bak' I've tested this command successfully against my development server, but I haven't yet been successful against the Winhost server. I'd like to either a) backup directly to a local (shared) folder or, b) backup to the App_Data folder of my Winhost account With option a, I understand that a SQL db can be backed up to a local folder if the folder is shared and if permission is granted, in this case to the Winhost server. How do I grant permission to the Winhost server? With option b, I need to pass the correct folder string. I've tried using the [root]/App_Data of my account and I throw this error: Cannot open backup device [root]\App_Data\[databasename]_backup.bak'. Operating system error 3(The system cannot find the path specified.) I suspect that this fails because the folder path is a physical E:\... on the Winhost web server and isn't local to the Winhost SQL Server. Is there a string for [App_DataFolder] (a UNC path to a shared folder that begins with \\ and not a physical drive like E:\) that I may use for this command?