By Ivy / Last update January 4, 2021

Need help: how do I create Windows Server 2016 client backup?

"Hi Guys,
I'm not sure i really like Win Server Essentials Edition, I was thinking of using it in a small business environment, first off what is your feedback on this platform and secondly, which software would you recommend for backing up clients (and server) in a domain environment (in replacement of windows server 2016 essentials backup). It will be better if that software can create a scheduled cleanup task for client computer backup.
Thanks, anyway!"

Professional Client Backup Software

Nowdays, many users want to schedule Windows Server 2016 client backup for different purposes, it may be to save time and energy, reduce administration cost, or avoid human errors in the process.

Windows Server Essential Dashboard comes along a feature called "Client computer backup tasks" to help you create client computer backups, but the process is complicated. Thus, it’s not surprising that some users don’t want to use this feature.

Here in this article you will use a professional client backup software to easily backup multiple client computer simultaneously, it's AOMEI Centralized Backupper. Please keep reading below to learn more about this software and the stepwise guide.

Professional client computer backup software - AOMEI Centralized Backupper

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is a professional client backup software to help you create Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019/2020 (including the R2 version) client backup effortlessly. Also, you can use Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista as client computers.

You just need to install AOMEI Centtralized Backupper on the server computer and the agent on all the client computers, then backup & restore system/disk/partition/file, or sync files per your needs. And it supports any storage device detected by Windows, including HDD, SSD(SATA, M.2, NVMe, U,2), dynamic disk, hardware RAID, Network Attached Storage (NAS), etc. In addition, it allows you to set up backup retention policy to delete old backup regularly.

Step by step guide: create Windows Server 2016 Essemtials client backup easily

Preparations for client computer backup:
①Download client computer backup software - AOMEI Centralized Backupper on the server computer.
②Install client program on all the client computers. You can install it manually from AOMEI Centralized Backupper package or use "Install client program" feature to install client program automatically.
③Be sure all the client computers and server computer are in the same LAN.

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Then, start to create Windows Server 2016 Essentials client backup with following steps. Also, these steps are applicable to Windows Server 2016 standard client backup and other system.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper and select the client computers you want to backup.

In the first place, click Computers -> Uncontrolled Computers to access all the accessible computer within LAN.

Then, select the computer that is not registered and click Request Control -> By sending a message. If this is your first time to use this software, all the computers in the following list are not registered.

Next, the client computer will receive a remote control request window and click Agree to continue. After that, you can go to Controlled computers and check if all the client computers you want to backup are listed here.

Select Client Computers

Step 2. Then, you can start to backup client computers. Click Task -> New Task and then select System Backup. Also, you can choose any backup solutions according to your needs.

System Backup

Step 3. Here you will see the task name and 2 backup steps. Please specify a different name for this task, so you can clearly distinguish it from others. Then, complete the 2 backup steps in order.

In "Step 1", click Add Computers > Controlled Computers and select all the client computers.

In "Step 2", click Add Storage -> input Share or NAS path and Display Name -> hit OK to confirm. Then, select a folder on the destination path to store the backup image.

Add Computers Add Storage

Step 4. Then, set up backup settings, schedule backup or backup retention policy.

Backup Settings: You can comment on the backup task, enable encryption for backup, set compression level or intelligent sector etc.

Backup Schedule: You can backup once or per day/weekly/monthly plus full/incremental/differential backup. Then, it will schedule system and changes made later.

Backup Scheme: You can delete old backups with specific rule. It provides you 5 different backup scheme, you can choose one among them.

Scheduled Backup Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Step 5. Click Start Backup -> choose Only create a task or Create and execute tasks to create Windows Server 2016 Essentials client backup.

Start Backup

Wait for a while and your backup will be completed. Then, you can restore system in the event of a disaster, such as, system crash, hard disk failure, virus attack, etc.


With the help of AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you can create Windows Server 2016 Essentials client backup easily and quickly. It still offers you different backup options to meet different needs, such as, backup settings, backup schedule, and backup scheme, thus you can compress backup image, enable email notification, backup system/disk/partition/files daily/weekly/monthly, backup only changes with incremental/differential backup, etc.

If you happen to have this need, please download this software to have a try! To customize the number of computers you want to control and backup or protect unlimited PCs or servers, learn more in enterprise backup software.