By Ivy / Last update December 2, 2020

Windows Server 2008 (R2) Support Ended

Like Windows 7 end of support, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support has been ended on January 14, 2020. After this day, you could not get the regular security updates from Microsoft to protect your infrastructure and applications.

To keep your Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 safe, please upgrade to the Windows Server 2016 or higher. If you did not upgrade Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, do the following to protect your Server:

  • Migrate Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to Azure and get free three years of Extended Security Updates.

  • Or buy Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard editions. Other editions could not get the Extended Security Updates.

Sometimes, you may want to backup Server 2008 to NAS for some purpose, what should you do?

Windows Server Backup is Unable to Access the Remote Shared Folder

In fact, Windows Server Backup does not allow you to get Windows Server 2008 backup to NAS or network shared folder. Or you will get the following errors:

Windows Server Backup is unable to access the remote shared folder. The specified path is invalid.

Windows Server Backup is Unable to Access the Remote Shared Folder

And many users complained about they cannot backup to network shared folder, and might encounter these error messages, like:

  • error code 0x8078015B: Windows Backup encountered an error when accessing the remote shared folder. Please retry the operation after making sure that the remote shared folder is available and accessible.

  • error code 0x81000039: The network path was not found.

Therefore, you cannot take advantage of Windows Server Backup to perform Windows Server 2008 backup to NAS or network shared folder. Is there any better choice to get it done?

Best Server Backup Software - AOMEI Backupper

Fortunately, you could use the best server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server to backup Windows Server 2008 to NAS or network shared folder easily. It’s available for Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, including R2, and SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, and all Windows PCs. Please download the 30 day free trial to have it a try.

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See detailed steps to get Server 2008 R2 backup to NAS/network shared folder:

1. Launch the best Windows Server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server. Click Backup > Disk Backup subsequently. Or you could try to create a disk clone, partition clone, etc. to backup to other locations.

Windows Server 2008 Disk Backup

2. Click + Add Disk to choose the Windows Server 2008 R2 disk you would like to backup, and hit Add.

Add Disk

Select Windows Server 2008 Disk

3. Hit the inverted triangle icon > Select a network location, and then click Add Network Location > input the Display Name and Network Path (IP address of NAS or Network shared folder), the credentials and click OK. Choose a folder as the destination.

Select Destination

Add Network Path

4. Press Start Backup >> to get Windows Server 2008 R2 backup to NAS or network shared folder.

Start Backup Windows Server 2008 to NAS

There are some optional settings you could set up before backing up:

1. Options: You could customize for this Server 2008 backup task, like comment on, split, compress, encrypt (paid) for the task, enable email or SMS notification after the backup task completed, use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), etc.

2. Schedule: There is 5 modes available for you to automatically backup data on Windows Server 2008 on a regular basis, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in. The event triggers has 4 events could trigger the backup task, user logon, user logoff, system startup, system shutdown.

Schedule Settings General

3. Scheme: Enable backup scheme could helps you to automatically delete the old backup images while the backups exceeds the number you specified.

Scheme

After a while, you will get the Windows Server 2008 R2 backup to NAS or network shared folder. You could backup Server to Synology NAS, QNAP NAS or other NAS devices. It’s easy to operate, right?

Besides, you could sync files between Windows Servers, automatically sync Windows Server to OneDrive, etc.

Conclusion

If you encounter problems while backup Windows Server 2008 to NAS or network shared folder while using Windows Server Backup, you could try the best server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server.

If you would like to manage backups on unlimited Windows PCs and servers, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus to enjoy.

To create, manage and monitor backups for all clients within your company, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper to create centralized backup.