Create and Manage Client Computer Backups on Windows Server

How to create and manage client computer backups on a central server? You can either use Windows Server Essential or a centralized backup software.


By Delia / Updated on June 14, 2024

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Case: How to backup client computers to server?


Is it possible to backup data from client computers to server using windows server 2012 R2? I want to backup all data in my client computers and store in my server. I tried the windows server backup but its for local data only.

In a client-server architecture, a client is dependent on the server for any specific service, including backup service. More specifically, the computers running client programs interacts with the computer running a server program to complete the backup process. And the individual administrator can configure the backup type, schedule, target and source data centrally.

In the following article, we will introduce how to create and manage client computer backups in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, etc, and provides an easy way to centralize backups of client computers.

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How to backup client computer in domain?

To backup client computer in domain, you need to install Windows Server Essentials Dashboard first, then connect all client computers to Windows Server Essentials Domain. At last, Open Windows Server Essential Dashboard and backup the client computers. Here's an example to perform Windows Server 2012 client backup.

Part 1. Install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Windows Server Essential Dashboard is not installed on Windows Server 2012 by default, so you need to manually install Windows Server Essential Experience Roles and configure Windows Server Essential. If you just add Windows Essential Experience roles, you cannot open Windows Server Essential Dashboard.

1. Launch Server Manager and click Add Roles and Features

Add Roles Features

2. Click Next to continue.


3. Select Installation Type -> server -> Server Roles: Windows Server Essentials Experience, then add features that are required for Windows Server Essentials Experience.

4. Follow the prompt until the last step and click Install.

Part 2. Configure Windows Server Essentials

1. Launch Server Manager, then click the flag and Configure Windows Server Essentials subsequently

2. Click Next until you reach a window called Create a network administrator account. Type Administrator account name and password. At last, click Configure and wait for the final result.


Part 3. Connect computers to Windows Server Essentials Domain

When you connect a computer to a server, you need to ensure that your client computer has a valid connection to the Internet.

To connect all client computers to your server, follow the steps below.

1. Log on to the computer that you want to connect to the server.

2. Open an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer.

3. Type https:///connect or https:///connect in the address bar and then press Enter.

4. Click Download software for Windows in the Connect your computer to the server page.

5. Run the application (known as the Connector) and follow its prompts to join the client to the domain

Part 4. Detailed steps to backup client computers in domain

1. Launch Windows Server Essentials Dashboard and click DEVICES.

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

2. Click Client computer backup tasks under Computers tasks tab

Client Computer Backup Tasks

3. Set up your own client computer backup schedule and client computer backup retention policy. After that, click Apply

Client Computer Backups

This way you can backup client computers in domain. However, the process is very complicated if you are not familiar with Windows Server Essential.

Easier way to backup all client computers from a central server

If you don't want to take the time for the complex installation and setup process as mentioned above, you can also use a much simpler centralized backup software - AOMEI Cyber Backup to perform client-server backup.

Just a few clicks, you can create a fast file backup/system backup/partition backup/disk backup task for all computers within LAN. And it supports OS includes all your windows 11/10/8/7/XP and remote backup Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008.

You can enjoy the advanced features offering superior backup performance:

Centralized Backup: Backup all important business data on remote Windows workstations and Servers using an intuitive web console without any complex configuration.
Automatic Backup: Set up a schedule to automatically execute your backup tasks as daily, weekly, or monthly for regular data protection.
Reports & Alerts: Access logs of backup, recovery and other operations on the dashboard. You'll receive email notifications for successful backups as well as errors or abnormalities.
Incremental Backup: Based on a full backup, precisely capture and backup only changed or newly added data, greatly reducing backup storage and time.
All Backup Locations: Support save backup to all locations including the local path, an external storage device, like HDD, USB drive, and NAS drive. And it support saving backups to Amazon S3.

In the latest version of ACB, you will also enjoy a SQL Server Backup or Virtual Machine Backup feature to backup and restore multiple databases/VMs within LAN.

Click the button to download the freeware of AOMEI Cyber Backup:

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Install and set up the AOMEI Cyber Backup properly

1. Download AOMEI Cyber Backup and the latest agent, install in on the central server as a management console.

2. It will detect all the available client computes on the network. You just need to select the ones you want to manage, and Add Windows Agent on them remotely or manually.


Now, you can use this centralized backup solution to create client backup for Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019, etc.

How to create and manage client computer backups

1. After getting control over the client computers, you can switch to Backup Task tab, click + Create New Task and choose the task type as you need. Here, choose Disk Backup as an example.


2. You can click Device Name to detect all the controlled computers, and select the ones you want to backup.


3. You can select the areas you want to back up according to your needs, you can select more than one area at the same time.


4. Click on Target, and choose backup target to enter the network path of a share or NAS, then specify a folder in it as the target directory.


5. After the basic setup, you can manage Schedule to customize the backup, then click Start Backup to create and execute the task.

  • Schedule: Set up automatic backup Once/Daily/Weekly/Monthly, and choose to perform Full Backup/Incremental Backup/Differential Backup.


  • Backup Cleanup: Specify the retention policies to delete the old backups automatically.

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6. The created backup tasks will be listed under Tasks tab, then you can directly manage it here.


As a reliable client computer backup software, AOMEI Cyber Backup meets the complex needs and provides comprehensive backup and recovery solutions for client environments. And its scalability also makes it a flexible choice for enterprises seeking a reliable and efficient backup solution.


To create and manage client computer backups, you can use Windows Server Essential Dashboard. However, the whole process is quite complicated.

To perform client-server backup effortlessly, you can download AOMEI Cyber Backup to create and manage backups for client computers. With it, you do not need to join the domain. Just a few clicks, you can finish the backup tasks on multiple remote computers, e.g. centralized system backup.

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.