By Delia / Last Updated September 15, 2021

What is a backup client

The "backup client" is commanly used in a client-server architecture, and generally refers to the end user’s computer or server containing the data to be backed up. 

When performing Windows client backup, the backup clients could be multiple Windows computers and servers on the network. They are controlled by the central server and receive commands from it, thus you can easily create and manage backup tasks of all the clients from the server-side.

Why perform Windows client backup

You can benefit from Windows client backup with the following aspects:

1. Improve the efficiency of creating backup tasks.

In general, if you just have several computers, you can create backup task on each computer separately. But what if you have a lot of computes?

You will end up spending much time performing backups computer by computer, which is frustrating and time-consuming. To improve the efficiency, you can use client backup software to create and manage tasks for multiple computers simultaneously.

2. Cut down administration costs and manual errors.

To create backup for multiple computers in a short time is complicated, especially in an enterprise. If the employees are good at computers, they can do the job by themselves. But what if some of the employees are not familiar with the backup operation?

You need to teach them how to use backup software, and there is a risk of data loss due to human errors. To save the overhead costs and avoid misoperation, you can adopt client-server backup model and use client backup software to take over the job. Thus, all the tasks can be managed by a single administrator.

Best client backup software to manage all compuers centrally

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is specialized client backup software, which allows you to create a backup task for multiple Windows client computers on the network from a central management console. With it, you can create System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup and SQL Server Backup for all the clients via simple clicks.

To create Windows client backup, you need to install AOMEI Centralized Backupper on the central management computer first, here's a detailed guide to walk you through the installation and backup process.

First of all, you can download the 30-day free trial to get started:

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After installation, you can launch it and find all the available Windows clients on the Computers tab. Then, click Install client program to install the Agent setup on the computers you want to manage.

install client program

There are 2 ways provided, manually or remotely. If you choose the former, then you still need to Request Controll over them. After confirmation, all these client computers will be under your control, and you can get started to create centralized backup task.

request control

How to create backup tasks for multiple Windows clients

1. Switch to Tasks tab and choose New Task, all the backup options are listed here. If you want to back up specific folders of client computers, then File Backup can help.

file backup

2. You will then be taken to the 3-step backup screen. Just give the backup task a name, and complete each step according to your needs.

In Step 1, click + Add Computers to select the client computers you want to back up.

add computers

In Step 2, choose to Select items based on each client or Select items based on backup rules, then click + Add to specify source data for each client, or add backup rules to be applied to all the clients.

add data

In Step3, click on the select box and click Add Storage on the pop-up window, then you can enter the path of the target network share or NAS.

add storage

3. Manage other options as you like and click Start Backup. Here you can choose Only create the task or Create and execute tasks.

start backup

Other helpful options:

Settings: Here you can manage backup encrption, compression level, image splitting and email notification.

settings

Schedule: It enables you to set up automatic backup on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. In Advanced tab, you can also choose full/incremental/differential backup.

schedule

Scheme: When the data to be backed up is large, you can create a rentention policy to auto delete old backups.

scheme

How to manage and restore your Window client backup

With AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you can manage backup tasks of multiple computers on the central management console. Once a task is created, it will be listed under Tasks tab with many helpful options. You can moniter, execute, edit, delete or restore it as you need. 

manage backup task

When performing recovery, you are even allowed to restore data from a Windows backup client to another client.

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Conclusion

Windows client backup helps you to protect multiple computers & servers in the LAN from a central server. With AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you can fulfill the task through simple click.

And not only image backup, this software also enables you to sync folders from Windows client computers to a central network location.