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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 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.

Considering system and data security, you may want to backup Server 2008 to NAS, so you will have a duplicate copy. If something bad happens, such as, system crashes, you can perform Windows Server 2008 (R2) system restore to get everything back.

Unable to Access the Remote Shared Folder

Windows Server comes along with a built-in backup software - Windows Server Backup, and with it, you can create a full backup, bare metal backup, system state backup, and more. For destination, it can be a local disk, external disk (HDD or SSD), or tapes. 

You may find that there is no NAS or network share, that is because Windows Server Backup does not allow you to get Windows Server 2008 backup to NAS or network shared folder. If you do so, you may 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? The answer is Yes, you can try the best server backup software below and backup Windows Server 2008 (R2) to WD or Synology NAS as you like.

Best Software to Perform Windows Server 2008 (R2) Backup to NAS

Fortunately, you could use the best server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server to backup Windows Server 2008 to NAS or network shared folder easily, such as WD My Cloud NAS, Synology NAS, etc. And you still can enjoy the following features:

  • Schedule Backup: It supports daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers and USB plug in mode, you choose them based on how often you will change these files or folders, specific events or the device to store data (in this case, the USB drive). 
  • Incremental or Differential Backup: Both of them are backup methods in this software and used to backup only changes after the first full backups. The incremental backup are default option and you don't even need to set it.
  • Automatic Backup Cleanup: It's the most effective way to free up more disk space, with it, you can directly delete old backup images in Windows Server automatically.
  • Other features: Besides, you still can compress and split backup image automatically, especially useful when there are files larger than 2GB or 4GB. Also, you can create bootable USB to backup system without booting into Windows. 

Please download the 30-day free trial to have it a try. It’s available for Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019,  2022, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, including R2 versions and all Windows PCs. 

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

1. Launch the best Windows Server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server. Click Backup > Disk Backup subsequently. 

Windows Server 2008 Disk Backup

Tip: The easiest way to create a duplicate copy of Windows Server 2008 (R2) on the same computer is using Disk Clone feature. 

2. Click + Add Disk to choose the Windows Server 2008 R2 disk. 

Add Disk

3. In the Select Disk window, select the Windows Server 2008 R2 disk and click Add. 

Select Windows Server 2008 Disk

Note: You can backup multiple hard drives at the same time by repeating the step 2 and 3, but you need to restore disk one by one. 

4. Hit the inverted triangle icon > Add Share or NAS Device, input the network path (IP address of NAS or Network shared folder) and select your NAS or shared folder on it.   

Type Network Path

5. Click Schedule Backup and enable daily, weekly, or monthly scheduled setting if you want to get Windows Server 2008 R2 backup to NAS or network shared folder automatically. And then, press Start Backup >> to start the backup process. 

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 Backup: It's not suggested to use Event triggers, or USB plug in. If the NAS or network share is shut down, you cannot connect it, let alone backup. And the USB plug in feature only works when target drive is a USB drive. 

Schedule Settings General

3. Backup Scheme: Enable backup scheme could helps you to save disk usage effectively by backing up only changed files with incremental or differential backup, or directly delete the old backup images via a certain rule. 


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, sync Windows Server with OneDrive, etc.


If you encounter problems while backup Windows Server 2008 (R2) 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.

Both of them help you backup Windows Server 2008 (R2) easily, not only NAS or network share, but also cloud drives, different computers, external disk, etc. And it enable you to run it automatically and manage disk space effectively with different features. To create, manage and monitor backups for all clients within your company, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper to create centralized backup.