By AOMEI / Last Updated March 4, 2020

Why backup Windows Server 2012(R2)?

Whether individual users or enterprises, you will choose to save important things on the server-based computer. Of course, the enterprises have more expensive software, classified contracts as well as some personnel documents and other significant files. In view of this, backup Windows Server 2012 is wise and even necessary. And here comes out a question: how to backup Windows Server 2012(R2)?

To create a backup for Windows Server 2012 (R2), you have different choices, such as, using the Windows Server Backup, command line, a third-party backup tool. After creating a full backup for Windows Server, you can easily restore our computer to its previous normal working condition in case of power surge, virus attack or disk crash.

Create a Windows Server 2012 (R2) full backup with Windows Server Backup

You will find that the Windows Server backup 2012 (R2) not showing up on your computer when you search it from the search box. That’s because Windows Server Backup feature is not installed by default. To work it out, you need to manually install it and then see the following steps.

Step 1. Click Start>Administrative Tools>Windows Server Backup subsequently, select Backup Schedule Wizard.

Backup Schedule

Step 2. Preview all the content below and click Next.

Get Started

Step 3. Choose Full server option in this window. It contains all your server data, applications, and system state. It can not only be regarded as a full backup but also system state backup. You can use it to do full system recovery together with system state recovery.

Full Server

Step 4. Specify your destination path to save your backup. You can choose any external hard drive and local drive recognized by your computer or save to a remote shared folder.

Backup to

Tip: Please confirm the hard drive connected to your computer is empty and does not contain any operating system. If not, you will get an error message like “no disks are available for use as a backup storage destination”.

Step 5. Select the availble disk from the following list and click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 6. Confirm the following information and click Finish to start this backup.

Preview Finsih

To backup Windows Server 2012(R2), Windows Server Backup is useful. But if you want to create a backup for NTFS drive, it will not work. Also, Windows Server backup does not do incremental backup. Besides, it does not support weekly or monthly backup.

Create Windows Server 2012(R2) backup via command line

Beside backup with the built-in tool, you still can create a backup with command line. If you are familiar with cmd, you can try this way. See the detailed steps.

Step 1. Press Win + Rto summon the Run boc and then type cmd and run as administrator.

Step 2. Type the following command and hit Enter to run the backup task.

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:F: -quiet

  • F: refers to the drive letter of the partition you want to save your backup

  • -quiet parameter can undo the prompt before you start backup. That's to say, you will receive a prompt “Do you want to start the backup operation?” and you need to type Y to ensure you want to perform this operation if you do not type-quiet parameter.


AOMEI Backupper for Windows Server 2012 Backup

There are hundreds of third software we could find on the market to do Windows Server 2012 backup, the features of these software may vary from one to one. Here, I’ll list some tips for selecting an optimum backup software. Hope it can help you.

AOMEI Backupper Server is an advanced and complete backup software, which satisfy the above tips exactly. It’s a special version for server-based operating system, including server 2016/2012/2008/2003 and its R2 version. If you are using Windows 7/8/10/XP, you can consider AOMEI Backupper Standard or AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Backup Options

Basically, AOMEI Backupper Server has four backup types, System Backup, File Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup, each type allows you to add schedule for automatic backup, monthly, weekly or daily. Incremental & Differential backup are also attached to its additional function. Besides, user also could compress the backup package to a smaller one or split it into multiple smaller files. Not only that, users are even allowed to encrypt the Backup files.

Download the 30-day free trial to evaluate and follows the specific steps below to learn how to create a Windows Server 2012 (R2) backup.

Windows Server backup 2012 (R2) step by step

Step 1. Open Windows Server 2012 (R2) backup utility and then click Backup and System Backup. Then, you will see the operating system and other partitions related to boot in the following. You do not need to select all the required partitions.

Select Backup Destination

Step 2. Choose the destination path for your backup.

Share Nas

Step 3. To run automatic Windows Server 2012 (R2) backup, you need to set up settings via Options, Schedule, Scheme option.

Schedule Settings General

Step 4. Then, confirm all the selected settings and click Start Backup.

Windows Server 2012 backup disk full-how to fix it?

The backup disk full is a common question for all users who are using computer. To solve this issue, some users choose to delete the unused software or files. It can solve your problem temperarily. You need to opt for a magic software that work this issue out permenantely. AOMEI Backupper is exactly the one which can do this for you.

To create a backup with the same steps above. The only difference is that you should tick Scheme option and select one of the settings as shown in the following.


Wrapping things up

To backup Windows Server 2012 (R2), you can use all solutions above according to your needs. All of them can help you backup system. But I personally prefer to create a backup for Windows Server with AOMEI Backupper.

It’s very fridendly, because it provides users with different version of the operating system. And it’s suitable for beginners and IT technicians. More so, it provide many useful main features and small features, such as, System Backup, File Backup, incremental and differential backup, Encrypt your backup. Besides Backup features, it still offer dozens of cloning features, including Disk Clone, Systsem Clone, Edit partitions on the destination disk, etc,.

Download AOMEI Backupper Server and start to Backup Windows Server 2012 (R2) with the step-by-step guide above.