By Ivy / Last Updated August 4, 2020

User Case

“I will make changes to my files frequently, so I want to know if there are any way to automatically synchronize files or folders on Server 2008 to Google Drive cloud. Not sure if the Google Drive Sync can be installed on my Server. If not, is there a better way to do that. Hope you find a solution for me, best regards”

Google Drive for PC has been discontinued

Google Drive is very useful, which can help you synchronize files to Google’s cloud storage device. However, since May 12, 2018, this software has been stopped. As a replacement, Google launched Backup and Sync, Drive File Stream in 2018. You can use it on your computer.

For Server users, such as, Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019, You can consider using Google Backup and Sync, because the Drive File Stream cannot be installed on server-based computer. And the backup folder created on desktop can be synced to “My Drive”, can be shared and sync bi-directionally.

After syncing, you can find your files on any device or computer using Google Drive, and see your photos or videos in Google Photos. Besides, this software supports Windows 7, 8, 10 and Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, etc. So, you can sync local folder to Google Drive on any computer.

How to sync files with Google Backup and Sync in Windows Server?

1. Download Google Backup and Sync from website and install it. Then, open this drive, sign in with your Google Account and start the first sync.

2. Under "My Computer" tab, uncheck the default folder and click "CHOOSE FOLDER" to select the specific folders you want to sync.

Sync Local Folder To Google Drive

Note: By default, Backup and Sync will back up files and folders with all kinds of file extension. If you just want to backup files with certain file extension, you can click "Change" at the right side of CHOOSE FOLDER to exclude the file extension you don’t need.

3. Under "Google Drive" tab, tick "Sync everything in My Drive" or "Sync only these folders" and click "Start" if there is no problem. After syncing, the Google Drive folder will be kept in your local computer.

Sync My Drive To This Computer


  • If you only want to sync local folder to Google Drive, you can uncheck “Sync My Drive to this computer”.

  • If you want to change the location of Google Drive folder, just click Change at the right side of Folder Location and select a path on the local computer.

  • You can pause or resume the operation at any time. The detailed steps: click Backup and Sync icon > Settings > Pause or Resume.

4. Then, your local folder will be synced to the cloud storage device and you can go to "Computer" > "My Computer" to check if all the folders are synced successfully.

Web Version Of Google Drive

Now, you may sync local folders successfully with Google Backup and Sync in Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, etc. It’s amazing. However, there are still some users who complaint about “Google Backup and Sync not working” and it just throw out error messages, including, “an unknown error has occurred”, “connection failure”, “unable to complete sync”, etc.

To get rid of these annoying situations or you want more advanced features, you can consider using a third-party tool AOMEI Backupper Server. It will help you sync files automatically without any obstacle.

Better way to sync files in Windows Server 2008 to Google Drive

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional file sync software for Server users, including Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019, etc, which will help you sync files to Google Drive in simple steps. And this software is very easy to use, even a beginner can use it smoothly. Besides, here are some advantages of AOMEI Backupper you may need.

  • Support multiple cloud drive, such as, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.

  • With its schedule settings, you can sync files at schedule, such as, daily, weekly, monthly. Also, you can sync files at user logon or logoff, system startup or shutdown. This feature is very useful, especially for users who don’t want to affect the performance of computer while working.

  • With the real-time sync feature, it will sync your files automatically once the files changed and keep all your data up-to-date. This is very important for shared files.

  • With its filter settings, you can exclude the files you don’t want to sync and sync files with certain file extension.

  • Support fast synchronization. If you don’t want to sync all your files every time, you need to use fast synchronization. This feature only will save your time and disk space.

Detailed steps to automatically sync files with AOMEI Backupper

1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it.

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2. Click "Sync" and "Real-Time Sync" subsequently.

Real Time Sync

3. Click "Add Folder" to select folders.

Add Folder

4. Click the drop-down menu, tag on "Select a cloud drive". Then choose "Google Drive" and click "OK" to exit this window.

Select A Cloud Drive

Google Drive For Sync

5. After that, click "Start Sync" and access the backed up files on internet using any computer after the process is 100% completed.

Start Sync to Google Drive

Besides, AOMEI Backupper Server is still a backup and restore software, which can help you backup files, partitions, system, or entire disk and restore your computer or data after something unexpected happens.

In the End

Google Drive has been stopped, so you’d better use the alternative software, like Google Backup and Sync, AOMEI Backupper Server. Both of them can help you sync Windows Server 2008 to Google Drive on the internet.

But if you want more advanced features, such as, sync files at daily, weekly, or when user logon or logoff, selective file sync with filter settings, real-time sync, etc. you can use the second one. And this software allows you sync local folder to Dropbox, OneDrive, Seagate NAS, external hard drive, etc.

This version support only up to 5 computers. If you want to protect your data and OS continuously, you can upgrade to the advanced version like AOMEI Backupper Technician, which can be used on unlimited PCs or Servers.