Easy Way to Create Windows Server 2016 Essentials Client Backup

Want an easy way to create Windows Server 2016 Essentials Client Backup instead of using Client computer backup tasks feature? You could try AOMEI Centralized Backupper.


By Delia / Updated on October 18, 2022

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


Hi Guys, I was thinking of using Win Server Essentials Edition in a small business, 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

In an enterprise environment with multiple endpoints, performing Windows Server 2016 client backup can greatly reduce operating time, avoid human error and save overhead costs, not to mention the scheduled client backup.

Windows Server Essential Dashboard does come with a feature called "Client computer backup tasks" to help you create client computer backups, but the process is quite complicated. Therefore, some users may want an easier alternative with equally powerful functions.

Windows Server client backup software - AOMEI Centralized Backupper

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is a professional client backup software to help you backup all the endpoints from Windows Server 2020/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 (including R2). In addition, client computers running Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista are also supported. That is, not only Windows Server 2016, you can use it to create Windows Server 2012 client backup, Windows Server 2008 r2 client backup, etc.

You just need to install ACB on the server computer as the management console, and install the client program on all the computers you want to manage. Then, you can request control over them, and create centralized task as you like, e.g. System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup, SQL Server Backup or Real-Time Sync.

Also, it contains the automated backup cleanup feature as requested in the case - you can create a scheme to auto delete old backups and therefore save storage space.

Step by step: create Windows Server 2016 Essentials client backup

Preparations for client computer backup:

①Download the client computer backup software on the server computer. Here's a 30-day free trial for you:

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②Install the Agent setup on all the client computers. You can install it manually from AOMEI Centralized Backupper package or use Install client program feature to operate remotely.

install client program

③If you choose manual installation, you still need to Request Control for all the client computers you want to backup, and wait for their Agree.

request control

Then, you can start to create Windows Server 2016 Essentials client backup. The steps below are also applicable to other systems, like Windows Server 2016 standard, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 r2 client backup.

1. Click Task -> New Task and then select System Backup. Also, you can choose any backup solutions according to your needs.

System Backup

2. Here you will see the task name and 2 backup steps. You can give it a name that is easy to distinguish, and complete the 2-step setup in order.

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

add 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.

choose destination

Tip: System Backup will auto select all the system partitions required by Windows to run. If you choose other backup tasks, you will also need to specify the source data. Normally, you can either choose to select items on each client manually, or create a universal rule to be applied to all clients.

3. 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 automatically. Full backup, incremental backup and differential backup are also optional in Advanced tab.

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

backup scheme

4. Click Start Backup -> choose Only create a task or Create and execute tasks to create Windows Server-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 client backup easily and quickly. It also offers you different backup options to meet different needs, such as scheduled backup, backup compression, incremental or differential backup, old backups auto deletion, etc.

If you happen to have this need, please download this software to have a try!

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.