How to Auto Backup Multiple Computers to One Storage | Guide

Do you have the need to backup multiple computers to one destination simultaneously? This is feasible as long as you use an effective endpoint backup solution.

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By Delia / Updated on October 18, 2022

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Can you backup multiple computers all at once?

If you only have one personal computer, it's easy to back up certain data using built-in solutions or professional utilities. But if you work in an organization or company and need to manage several computers, is there a way to back up all your critical data to the same destination (external drive, OneDrive, NAS, etc.) at the same time?

The answer is yes. For Macs, users can backup multiple computers with Time Machine, but for Windows PCs, you may need a specialized backup software for multiple computers.

To eliminate the hassle of setting up and operating each device individually, the simplest and safest solution is for one administrator to use an endpoint backup software in client-server architecture.

Centralized Backup and Management

In this concept, you can use a PC or Server as the central console to create and manage backups for multiple client computers. The main benefits of this are:

  • Greater convenience and flexibility for data protection
  • Centralized data management and reduced manual errors
  • Lower time and overhead cost, less IT workload

Below, I will introduce the backup solution that can help you to do so.

Best way to backup multiple computers to one location (download)

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is an all-in-one enterprise backup solution which can back up multiple Windows computers, including laptops, desktops and servers on the network effortlessly.

It can be installed on any computer running Windows 11, 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista, XP or Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012(R2), 2008(R2), etc. as the central console, from where you do the following things for all the client computers:

Backup: File Backup, System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, SQL Server Backup.
File Sync: Scheduled Sync, Real-Time Sync, Mirror Sync. *Copy folders to network share automatically.
Options: Backup schedule, full/incremental/differential backup, retention policy, compression, encryption, etc.
Restore: Restore to the original location, restore to another client computer even with dissimilar hardware.
Monitor: Monitor the client's network, CPU, memory, disk, and other performance information. You can also set up alerts to provide timely warning of abnormal performance information.

Centralized Backup Software

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What should you backup on each computer?

AOMEI Centralized Backupper supports various backup options which should cover most of computer backup needs. But what exactly should you back up? Which option suits you most? Let’s talk about it.

File Backup is probably the most common option, suitable for most users. If a computer (or a group of computers) has only a few important data, then this option can help you back up specific files quickly and easily, with almost no impact on computer performance.

Disk Backup is for the entire hard drive, which is the closest option to the literal "computer backup". It helps you to protect everything on the computer, and get the exact same system, files, apps, etc. after recovery. Of course, it also takes up the most time and space.

System Backup is similar to Disk Backup, but does not contain data stored in non-system partitions. If you only want to prevent system errors or crashes, then this is the most efficient option.

System Backup vs Disk Backup

Therefore, we can draw some conclusions as follows:

◇​​​​File backups have minimal impact on system performance, so for important and frequently changing data, you can use File Backup and set up a more frequent backup schedule. Thus, in the event of a disaster, you can easily restore files to the most recent available version.

For computers that run important operations, you should avoid making disk or system backups of them during working hours.

Since AOMEI Centralized Backupper allows you to create multiple tasks with different backup objects, items, destinations, schedules, and manage them in one central console, you can also combine different strategies to build a backup system, for example, perform file backups frequently during working hours, system backups during non-working hours, weekly disk backups, and so on.

As for the backup destination, this software enables you to add NAS or network share. This means if you want to backup multiple computers to one hard drive, you can create a share folder in it, and then add the path to the storages. The same applies if you want to backup multiple computers to OneDrive or Google Drive.

How to backup multiple computers to one location (step-by-step)

After deciding on a basic backup strategy, you can proceed to creating tasks. Since the operation process is basically the same, here I will only introduce the Disk Backup as an example to demonstrate the operation.

How to set up the client-server backup module:

Launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper and go to Computer > Uncontrolled Computers > Install client program. Choose between the options:

Manual Client Installation: Manually copy setup file to client computers, and follow the wizard to install one by one.

Remote Client Installation: Choose the client computers that you’d like to backup, input username and password of each computer and click “Install All”.

Install Client Program

  • If you choose remote installation, these computers will be controlled automatically after installing.
  • If you choose manual installation, these computers will remain uncontrolled, and you need to Request Control.

When all the devices are listed under Controlled Computers, you can then back up and manage them as you need.

Steps to backup multiple computers entirely:

1. Create a task by clicking Tasks -> New Task -> Disk Backup. It will back up the whole computer (or specified partitions). If you want to back up only operating system, choose Disk Backup instead.

Disk Backup

2. In Step 1, click + Add Computers to select all the controlled computers you want to backup.

Then, you can either Select data based on a client or Select data based on backup rules.

Select data based on the client: manually select disks of one client computer you want to back up so that all the selected disks available on other clients will be included.

Disk Backup Add Computers

Select data based on backup rules: choose from the given rules and apply it to all clients.

Disk Backup Select Based On Rules

3. Move to Step 3, and click Add Storage to specify the destination share or NAS. The added path will be saved for your direct use.

If you want to backup multiple computers on one external drive or cloud drive, just create a share folder in the corresponding drive, and enter the network path as the destination.

If a network path cannot be added, please check the settings in network and sharing center, make sure the sharing options are turned on.

Add Storage

4. Then you can customize the backup as you need and click Start Backup -> Create and execute tasks. If you don’t want to execute the backup right away, then choose Only create the task.

Start Creating Centralized Disk Backup

The created tasks will be listed under Tasks tab. You can choose to edit, clone, delete the task, check its status, or restore from it as you like.

👉Useful options:

  • Settings: Manage backup encryption, email notification, compression level, image splitting, and choose intelligent-sector or exact backup here.
  • Schedule: Set up a schedule to auto execute the task Once, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. You can even specify different schedules for different clients, and full/incremental/differential backup are all supported.

Schedule

  • Scheme: Create a retention policy to auto delete older backup and therefore save your storage space.
  • Universal Restore: When you restore system or disk image, you will be given options to perform in-place recovery, or restore it to another client computer. The “Universal Restore” option ensures the secure boot after restoring to dissimilar hardware.

Conclusion

If you are working in an environment with more than one device, and you want to perform enterprise data backup efficiently, then you may have the need to backup multiple computers at once, which can save much time and effort doubtlessly.

This article introduces an effective solution to do so with a step-by-step guide. Besides backup, AOMEI Centralized Backupper also include File Sync feature to help you synchronize files & folders from any client computer to a network share. Try it now and get it with discount!

Delia
Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.