By Lily / Last update December 6, 2022

Overview of Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is the ninth version of the server operating system released by Microsoft. Built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016, it brings plenty of innovations on four key themes: Hybrid Cloud, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).

Windows Server 2019

There are several new features added to Windows Server 2019, including:

  • System Insights: brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server, thus helping you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing your Windows Server instances.

  • Storage Migration Service: provides a graphical tool to inventory data on servers and makes it easier to migrate to new servers.

Due to its powerful functions, more and more companies and organizations choose to upgrade to Windows Server 2019. If you have newly upgraded your server operating system and want to figure out the way of file backup in Windows Server 2019, please read on. This page will show you how to backup files in Windows Server 2019 in the top two ways.

Way 1: backup files with Windows Server Backup 2019

Windows Server Backup 2019 is essentially the same as Windows Server Backup 2016, but you can only backup the whole volume instead of individual folders. If you intend to use Windows Server Backup, you have to first install it as a Windows Feature using Server Manager or PowerShell. After it is installed, you can follow the instructions below:

1. Open Server Manager, click Tools in the upper-right column and select Windows Server Backup.

2. Click Local Backup. On the Action menu, click Backup once.

Local Backup

3. In the Backup Once Wizard, on the Backup options page, click Different options, and then click Next.

4. On the Select backup configuration page, click Custom, and then click Next.

5. On the Select Items for Backup page, click Add Items to select the volume(s) to be backed up, and then click Next.

Note: Choose volumes and not individual folders. The only way to perform an application-level backup or restore is to select an entire volume.

6. On the Specify destination type page, click Local drives or Remote shared folder, and then click Next.

  • If you choose Local drives, the Select Backup Destination page appears. Select an option from the Backup destination dropdown, and then click Next.

  • If you choose Remote shared folder, the Specify remote folder page appears. Specify a UNC path for the backup files, configure access control settings.

7. On the Confirmation screen, click Backup. Once this has completed, click Close to exit the Backup Once Wizard.


8. Close Windows Server Backup.

Except for not backing up individual files, there are other Windows Server Backup limitations you may want to know. Is there a tool capable of backing up selective files or folders? Please refer to Way 2.

Way 2: backup files via powerful server backup software

AOMEI Backupper Server, specialized backup software for server, can help you with file backup in Windows Server 2019.  Also, you can use it to backup files in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2022/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2)/2003, etc. Following are its main features:

◈ Offer four types of backup: System/Disk/Partition/File Backup. Thus, you can not only backup files in Windows Server 2019, but also create Windows Server 2019 system image backup, etc.
Support multiple backup features: schedule backup files with daily, weekly, or monthly mode; backup only changed files with Incremental or Differential Backup; delete old backup image with By quantity, By time, By daily/weekly/monthly cleanup methods, etc. 
◈ Enable you to backup to various locations, such as local disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives, NAS devices, and network location.
◈ Provide other useful tools like Create Bootable Media (helping you create Windows Server 2019 bootable USB) and AOMEI PXE Boot Tool (booting multiple computers from network).

Backup individual folders in Windows Server 2019 via AOMEI Backupper:

Step 1. Download 30-day free trial of AOMEI Backupper Server and follow the wizard to finish installation. It will be installed in a short time.

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Step 2. Click on “Backup” and select “File Backup”.

File Backup

Step 3. Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other backup tasks.  Click “Add File” or “Add Folder” to select the files/folders you want to backup.

Add File or Folder

Step 4. Select a destination location to store the image file. You can backup files to external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive, NAS, etc. 

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Confirm the operation and click “Start Backup” to begin backing up files in Server 2019.

Start Backup

★ How to make a hassle-free backup task

That's all for a common file backup task. If you want to schedule backup files without missing any changes or make it hassle-free, try the following features:

>> Options: you can set email notification, encrypt, compress and split your backups, etc based on your needs. 

>> Schedule Backup: you can set the backup task to run automatically at fixed intervals. There are five schedule modes available: “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly”, “Event triggers”, and “USB plug in".

Schedule Settings

>> Backup Scheme: you can use the default backup method - incremental backup or change it to differential backup. Also, you can delete old image files automatically to free up disk space for new backups. 

Backup Scheme

★ How to backup files to AOMEI Cloud

There is a growing trend to backup files to cloud storage. AOMEI offers users its own cloud - AOMEI Cloud. After you sign up for an AOMEI account, you can use 1TB storage for free within 15 days. 

Cloud Backup

To sum up

This page has offered you top two ways to backup files in Windows Server 2019. AOMEI Backupper is superior to Windows Server Backup in regard to individual files or folders backup. And it provides you with multiple backup features, such as, make it automatic with schedule backup, delete old backup with backup scheme, etc. Thus, there is no Windows Server Backup not deleting old backups issue.

If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. You will be surprised to find that it enables you to copy the installation directory for portable version creation. Download the free trial of AOMEI Backupper at once!