By Ivy / Last update September 23, 2020


I need some help to backup 6TB of data to a 16TB iSCSI target in Windows Server 2012. I can use Windows Server Backup (WBADMIN) to do a full backup for that, but I need some incremental backups. I don’t know why it always ends up being a full backup. Should I set something related? Does WBADMIN only backup data to external hard drive? So, how can I create an incremental backup to an internal hard drive instead of external hard drive?

WBADMIN backup utility

WBADMIN is a command line tool to backup and restore for Windows operating system, drive volumes, computer files, folders and other programs, and it’s built in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, etc. As a part of Windows Server Backup service, it replaces NTBackup (a built-in backup utility in previous versions of Windows, Microsoft Windows NT backup) and enables to create full and incremental backups, schedule backup, system state backup, bare metal backup and restore, and other restore operations. If you want to use it to backup or restore, you have to be a member of the Administrator.

According to the above case, how to do incremental backup for Windows Server 2012? Refer to the following words.

How to do WBADMIN incremental backup in Windows Server 2012?

WBADMIN allows you to backup data to local drives or remote shared folder. In order to create an incremental backup for Windows Server 2012, there are two ways that you could get: WBAMDIN command line utility and WBADMIN GUI.

WBADMIN Command Line Utility

First of all, you could enter command prompt to use WBADMIN:

1. Click Start, input wbadmin in search box, and run as Administrator.

2. Then input wbadmin/? to see the supported subcommands.

3. Then use WBADMIN start backup to create an incremental backup to F: drive, the WBAMDIN incremental backup command line is:

Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:F: -allCritical -include:C: -vssFull –quiet

Tip: You can also use WBADMIN to create incremental backup to network share, like this:

wbadmin start backup –backupTarget: \\backupshare\backup1 -allCritical -include:C: -vssFull –quiet

WBADMIN GUI Console (Windows Server Backup)

Another way to create incremental backup is to use WBADMIN GUI console, you have to get into WBADMIN.exe first, follow the next words:

1. Click Start, Input wbamdin.msc in search box, choose wbadmin, and run as Administrator.

2. In Windows Server Backup, choose Configure Performance Settings.

Configure Performance Settings

3. Tick Always perform incremental backup, and hit OK.

Perform Incremental Backup

4. Then choose Backup Schedule at the right panel, and then follow the prompt to set an incremental backup.

Backup Schedule

After few steps, WBADMIN incremental backup has been created successfully.

Remarkable Way to Create Incremental Backup

Apart from the above ways to create incremental backup, the best backup and restore software – AOMEI Backupper Server also helps you to set an incremental backup. The supported OS includes Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Windows Server 2003/2008 (R2)/2012 (R2)/2016, SBS 2003/2008/2011, and WHS 2011 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit). This powerful software is more flexible and easy to use than WBADMIN, the steps are listed below:

1. Before creating incremental backup, you have to download it first. Open this software, choose Backup -> Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

2. Enter a Task Name for your backup.

3. Choose source disk to backup by clicking Add Disk, and then choose a destination path.

Add Disk

Select Destination

4. Click Schedule option, and choose Advanced section, tick Incremental backup (Default), hit OK to set up an incremental backup.

Incremental Backup

5. Then press Start Backup to get incremental backup.

Start Backup

Then, you will get an incremental backup for your data. Maybe someday you have to consolidate incremental backups into a single image. Besides, except for WBADMIN incremental backup, you can create differential backup, full backup, event trigger backup, etc.

AOMEI Backupper Server is more flexible to use that allows you to backup data to local disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, network/NAS, and cloud drive, and so on. More important, you can restore backup image file to identify location or dissimilar hardware computer, sync files to other locations, etc.