wbadmin delete catalog

Deletes the backup catalog that is stored on the local computer. Use this command when the backup catalog has been corrupted and you can't restore it using the wbadmin restore catalog command.

To delete a backup catalog using this command, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions. In addition, you must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt, by right-clicking Command Prompt, and then selecting Run as administrator.


wbadmin delete catalog [-quiet]


Parameter Description
-quiet Runs the command without prompts to the user.


  • If you delete the backup catalog of a computer, you'll no longer be able to get to any backups created for that computer using the Windows Server Backup snap-in. However, if you can get to another backup location and run the wbadmin restore catalog command, you can restore the backup catalog from that location.

  • We strongly recommend you create a new backup after you delete a backup catalog.