By Jessie / Last update October 27, 2022

User Case: what is the best way to backup Windows Server 2019?

"Hello, I would like to know what is the best way to backup my Windows Server 2019? I Want to backup everything every night. If something crashes, will restore it easily. Any tips please? I'm a newbie. Thank you."

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If you are also in the same situation as the user case, you can keep reading. This article will give you a detailed introduction of the best Windows Server 2019 backup software and you can learn how to use it.

Brief Introduction about Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is the ninth version of the Windows Server operating system by Microsoft. It is the second version of the server operating system based on the Windows 10 platform, after Windows Server 2016. And it brings plenty of innovations on four key themes: Hybrid Cloud, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).

Windows Server 2019 has added some new features including System Insights, Storage Migration Service, etc. System Insights can help you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing your Windows Server instances. While Storage Migration Service can inventory data on servers and makes it easier to migrate to new Servers.

Best Windows Server 2019 Backup Software - built-in or third-party 

Windows Server 2019 comes along with a built-in backup software - Windows Server Backup, but sometimes it can be controversial in some ways. Thus, some users try third-party software to make up for its shortcoming, AOMEI Backupper Server, for example.

Then, which one should you use? Learn the differences between them in the following chart: 

  Windows Server Backup AOMEI Backupper Server
Backup Items Back up a full server (all volumes), selected volumes (for specific files or folders), bare metal backup, system state, etc. Backup disk, system, selected partition(s), or individual files or folders. Support creating a backup for another computer.
Schedule Backup Backup server 2019 once a day or more than once a day unles you use Task Scheduler or Powershell. For details, see schedule backup weekly Set backup frequencies directly during the backup process, daily, weekly, monthly, even hourly. 
Backup Versions  Only keep one full copy of backup on the local drive and network share.  Keep multiple backups as long as there is enough space for new backups.
Disk Space Management Delete older backups automatically, but not shrink the storage space less than 1/8 of the target disk size.  Delete old backups based on the selected cleanup methods, not depending on the target disk size.

In sum, if you use Windows Server Backup, you can only choose the entire volume to backup, not individual files or folders. And you may encounter other Windows Server 2019 backup limitations, such as volumes larger than 2088958 megabytes cannot be protected. But it's worth trying if you just want to create one backup copy. For flexible backup schedule or other settings, try AOMEI Backupper Server. 

How to perform Windows Server 2019 backup to external hard drive  

In this article, we will take File Backup as an example and show you how to backup files in Windows Server 2019 with AOMEI Backupper Server. Please prepare an external hard drive in advance and be sure it's recognized. If you don't have one, try Cloud Backup and backup files to AOMEI Cloud instead.

Notes: By the way, here are just the steps for you to follow, you can choose to backup different things such as system, disk or partition according to your needs. 

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install, and open it. You can click Backup > File Backup.

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File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files or folders you want to backup.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Select the prepared external hard drive as backup destination.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Click Schedule Backup to set Windows Server 2019 backup schedule.  You have 5 options in the following:

 Daily/Weekly/Monthly: You can select one of the backup frequencies, and more precisely, you can set backup date, time and intervals. The most frequent backup is hourly backup. 

✬ Event trigger: It supports System startup, System shutdown, User logon and User logoff. 

✬ USB plug in: It makes up for a shortcoming in the previous four options - either ensure the external drive always connected or insert it before a backup task start. But you can copy files automatically when USB drive connected if you have a larger USB drive and enable this feature.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Confirm all your operations and click Start Backup to backup files in Windows Server 2019.

Start Backup

Then it will backup files on the WD external hard drive automatically with the selected Windows Server 2019 backup schedule. And you can use incremental backup or differential backup to assist you in backing up only changed files. 

But for the long term, the backups keep growing, but the disk space is fixed and the backup disk will eventually fill up unless you delete it. To prevent this at the beginning, it's suggested to enable automatic backup cleanup in the backup scheme. It helps to delete old backup images automatically with the selected methods. 

Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup

Also, you can click Options to choose the different compression levels and splitting ways for your file backup. To enhance the security of your backup, you can also enable encryptions.

Backup Options

Summary

This article introduces you to the best Windows Server 2019 backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server and how to use it to backup files step by step. It offers you multiple useful features, such as, schedule backup, backup and cleanup method, etc. 

In addition, its AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus helps you protect unlimited PCs and servers of your company, offers unlimited billable technical services to clients, copy the installation directory for portable version creation etc. You can download the software to explore more features.