Want to backup Windows Server? Here’s how to do it

Vladimir Popescu
by Vladimir Popescu
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If you want to backup your Windows Server machine, you found the perfect step by step guide to successfully do so.

Having a backup for your Windows server is extremely important. Doing this allows you to protect the entire set of data stored on your server without worrying about losing it.

Data loss can be extremely difficult to deal with if you don’t have a backup and can occur due to an error, power shortage, or even a third-party attack. In some other cases, your data can become corrupted, and having a restore point can save you days of work.

In this how-to article, we will discuss the best way to go about backing up your data, and it will be presented to you in a step-by-step fashion. Read on to find out more.

Need to backup your Windows Server? Follow these steps

Windows Server 2008

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  1. Open Server Manager.
  2. Choose the Features option from the left menu.
  3. Click Add features -> open the Select Features page.
  4. Expand the Windows Server Backup Features option.
  5. Click the box next to Windows Server Backup.
  6. Click Install to start the installation process.

How to use:

  1. Open Server Manager.
  2. Launch the Backup utility.
  3. Click Create new backup and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Is your Windows Server not booting up? Follow these steps

Windows Server 2012

server close-up - How tto backup Windows Server

  1. Open your Server Manager.
  2. From the menu on the right of your screen -> click Manage -> Add roles and functionalities.
  3. Choose the option Install based on a role of functionality -> Next.
  4. Select which server you want your backup function to be installed to -> click Next.
  5. Select Windows Server Backup from the lost -> click Next.
  6. Check the box next to Automatically restart the destination server if necessary -> click Yes -> Install.

How to use:

After the installation process has completed, you can open the Server Manager, and launch the backup utility.

This tool will allow you to create backups, manage, and restore files as you desire.

Windows Server 2016

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  1. Open Server Manager -> click Add roles and features.
  2. Click the Next button after reading the Before you begin page.
  3. Choose the option Role-based or feature-based installation.
  4. Choose the server you want to back up -> click Next.
  5. Select the server roles from the list by ticking the boxes.
  6. Inside the Features list -> choose Windows Server Backup by ticking the box.
  7. Click Install to start the installation process.


We hope this guide has been useful for your situation, and that you can now successfully create backups for your servers.

Please feel free to let us know if this helped you, or if you have any suggestions. You can do that by using the comment section below.



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