By Emily / Last update July 28, 2020

Overview of Server 2012 NTBackup

NTBackup is the built-in backup tool introduced by Windows NT around 1997, and it has been a part of all subsequent versions up to and including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003. It adopts a proprietary backup format (BFK) to back up files to tape, ZIP drives, floppy disks, and hard drives. NTBackup also comes with integration with task and a few command-line switches for scheduled automated backups.

Moreover, it supports normal backup, daily backup, differential and incremental backup, etc. If you want to create files backup in Windows 2003/2000/XP, simply press Win + R to run command prompt; type “ntbackup” and hit enter; get the welcome screen of Backup or Restore Wizard; then you just need to follow the hints to finish the files backup.

Ntbackup Server

Ntbackup Files

How to restore the Server 2003 NTBackup onto Server 2012?

If you back up the vital files using NTBackup in Windows 2000/2003/XP, it won’t be that difficult to restore them in those compatible Windows operating systems in the future. You just need to choose “Restore files and settings” in the Backup or Restore Wizard and follow the tips in every step.

Ntbackup Restore

But the whole restoring thing will get quite different and complex when you want to restore the Server 2003 NTBackup files onto Server 2008, 2012 or some other operating systems, which does not support NTBackup. Many computer users encountered such problem and asked for help on forums, like the below one:

“I have a failed Windows Server 2003 Server. I need to restore the files from a recent NTBackup made on it. I need to restore it to Server 2012. Obviously NTBackup doesn't run on Server 2012 so I need some suggestions on opening the .bkf file on the 2012 server and restoring the files.”

The only solution that sounds feasible is downloading the NTBackupRestoreOnly Version for 2008R2 from the Internet to PC, which is said to be compatible with Server 2012, too. Some users gave this solution positive feedback while others did not, so it is a tough decision.

Alternative to NTbackup for Windows Server 2012/2008/2016/2019

In fact, the NTBackup was replaced by Windows Backup and Restore in Windows Vista and later operating systems, and it makes data backup and recovery time-consuming and inconvenient, especially when you need to download a special compatible version to realize the required conversion among different Windows. So many users are searching for an alternative to NTbackup Server 2012. Here we recommend AOMEI Backupper Server.

Highlights of AOMEI Backupper Server:
Quite easy to use with an infinitive interface, no matter you are a computer expert or newbie.
More compatible, easier to control and effective to back up everything compared with many other sync backup tools.
Support all Windows Server and Windows PC operating systems. Apart from allowing you to back up files, folders, disk and partition, it also does a great job of backing up system.
Via the function “Schedule Backup” this software offers, you can automatically back up the data daily, weekly, monthly and Event Triggers.

You can download the Demo Version for a free trial, and follow the simple steps to back up files in Windows Server 2012.

Free Trial Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019
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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. To back up files in Windows Server 2012, here click "File Backup" under the "Backup" column.

File Backup

Step 2. In the File Backup interface, click Add File/Add Folder to choose the files/folders you need to back up.

Add File or Add Folder

Step 3. Click to choose a destination location based on your needs, a local disk, network share, NAS, or backup files to a cloud.

Path Choose

Step 4. Finally, click “Start Backup” to execute the files backup task in Windows server 2012.

Start Backup

Bottom line

Basically, besides NTBackup Server 2012, there are many other methods to back up files in Windows Server. Each way is going to have its own procedures. Taking all into consideration, we can tell that AOMEI Backupper is a great alternative to NTbackup in Server to back up and restore files in Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2003 and Windows PC systems automatically.

What’s more, this software is designed with many other incredible and practical features, including Real-time file sync, which could monitor the changed files and then synchronize the new added, deleted or modified files from source to destination path as soon as the changed has occurred.