What can Wbadmin do for you?
Wbaddmin (Wbaddmin.exe) is as a part of Windows Backup and Restore (previously known as Windows Backup), which displaces the NTBackup (the previous built-in backup application for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003). Wbadmin is a backup command-line utility built-into Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 (R2), and Windows Server 2012.
Wbadmin allows you to backup and restore your Windows operating system, volumes, files, folders, and applications from a command prompt or its interface. You could use the simple way to access WBAdmin backup command line utility:
Click Start and type cmd and hit enter.
Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.
Then run Wbaddmin commands to backup.
In order to show all the supported backup and restore commands of Wbadmin in your Windows version, input this command: wbadmin/? .
How to use Wbaddmin start systemstatebackup command
According to Microsoft, the Wbadmin start systemstatebackup command applies to Windows Server 2008 and later OS, such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, etc.
The system state backup here includes all the operating configuration files that can be used for a disaster recovery on the same server or another server with similar hardware, that is, boot files, active directory, sysvol, certificate services, cluster database, the registry, performance counter configuration information, and component Services Class registration database.
To backup Windows Server 2008 (R2) system, for example, you could enter the below syntax of Wbadmin system state backup command to realize:
Here is the WBAdmin start systemstatebackup example:
Wbadmin start systemstatebackup –backuptarget: D: -quiet
✍ Tip on how to use Wbadmin start sysrecovery command:
After using Wbadmin start systemstatebackup command to get a backup copy for your Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 system. Then you might need to do Windows Server 2008 (R2) system state recovery in the future, the syntax listed below just in case:
For example, to start recovering the information from the backup that was run on Jun, 1, 2016 at 06:48 A.M., located on drive E: for WIN-9814GD4FH95:
Wbadmin start sysrecovery –version: 6/1/2016-06:48 –backuptarget:E: -machine:WIN-9814GD4FH95
How to use Wbadmin start backup for bare metal backup
Besides Wbadmin start systemstatebackup command, it still provides Wbadmin start backup bare metal to help you create a bare metal backup in Windows 7/8/10, or in Windows Server 2008, Server 2012. The syntx of it are below:
WBAdmin start backup example:
wbadmin start backup –backuptarget:H: –allcritical –systemstate -quiet
✍Tip on how to use Wbadmin start recovery command:
Similar to Wbadmin start systemstatebackup command, you may want to restore the created backup image one day. Below are the syntax for Wbadmin start recovery:
Wbadmin start recovery example:
wbadmin start recovery -version:03/31/2020-09:00 -itemType:App -items:Registry -recoverytarget:d:\
Easier way to create a system backup to protect data on it
Although Wbadmin provides you with multiple choices to protect system, but you may find it's quite complex for general users who was not familiar with Wbadmin or command line. Before using it, you need to learn all the parameters you will use and it's easy to make mistakes. Besides, not all computers support all the WBAdmin’s functions.
Thus, many users may want an easier way to protect their system and data on it. As a matter of fact, you can use various backup software with a graphic user interface as Wbadmin alternative, AOMEI Backupper Server is one of the excellent options. It supports creating system image to include data on the system partition. Also, you can choose to backup entire disk with everything on it. And you can enjoy some obvious advantages of it:
- Backup system or disk automatically: It supports 5 schedule backup options, you can choose daily, weekly or monthly as backup frequency, or use Event trigger and USB plug in for backup.
- Save disk space: It provides you with multiple settings to reduce backup size, such as, Normal or High compression level, Intelligent Sector Backup, Incremental or Differential Backup, Backup Scheme, etc. Among them, the most efficient way is to delete old backup images with Backup Scheme.
- Support all the Windows systems: The supported OS includes Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 and Server 2003, 2008(R2), 2012(R2), 2016, 2019.
Furthermore, it provides you either command line or graphic users interface (GUI) to backup data, and supports you restore system in Windows environment or without Windows (AOMEI Backupper Recovery Environment).
Here are the steps to create system backup via AOMEI Backupper Server:
1. Please download the best system state backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server 30-day free trial. Install and execute it.
2. Click Backup -> System Backup on the main window.
3. Enter a task name and choose a destination to save your system state backup image.
4. Press the Start Backup button to create system state backup for Windows PCs and Servers.
AOMEI Backupper is quick-acting for Windows backup and restore that you could rely on.
You can easily create system backup with Wbadmin start systemstatebackup command or Wbadmin start backup command if you are a professional. If not, you may feel it's difficult and error-prone. In this case, AOMEI Backupper Server will be the best choice.
With it, you can create a system image backup for Windows PCs and Servers in simple steps, no technical requirement and easy to operate. And you can schedule backup system and always keep enough space for new backup with its useful features. More surprising, it's a command line utility(AMBackup.exe). Thus, it can be used by both home users and professionals.
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