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 Windows Server Backup Is Essential to Protect Your Server

The importance of creating backup images cannot be overemphasized. You may know ransomware WannaCry, one of the biggest virus attack in recent years, which has infected more than 200,000 PCs in 150 countries and caused huge data loss to users who are unwilling to pay the ransom. 

Perhaps you are one of them. If your computer is a server, Windows Server 2008, for example, the losses will be greater. It may contain a large amount of data on multiple client computers in enterprise, which may be customers’ information, business profiles, working projects etc. 

To get rid of these potential data loss risks, such as, virus attack, program and system crashes, hard disk collapse, you could create a system image in Windows Server 2008 and other operating system you are currently using. A system image can help you get computer back including all the data in a very short time so you can use it as normal.

Server 2008

Well Then, how to create server 2008 (R2) image backup? You could use server 2008 (R2) free backup software to do this, it's Windows Server Backup. Also, If you want a simple and efficient way, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server. I'll introduce both ways in details, please keep reading below.

Use Built-in Server 2008 Free Backup Software to Create Full Server Backup

Windows Server Backup is a built-in free backup software for Windows 2008(R2), you can use it to backup a full server, system state, selected volumes or specific files or folders, then restore your system with created backup image. 

But this software is not installed by default, you have to install it manully. Go to Start > Administrative > Server Manager > Features > Add Features > Windows Server Backup Features and click Install to start the installation process.

Then, follow the steps below to create a full server backup with server 2008(R2) backup freeware - Windows Server Backup. Please note that you need to be a member of a backup operators group or administrator group. And this software only backup volumes formatted with NTFS file system. More so, it does not support volumes greater than 2TB in server 2008(R2).  

Step 1. Then, type Windows Server Backup in the search box and select it from the result menu.

Step 2.  Click Backup Once under the Actions tab. Then, you will see the Backup Once Wizard. If you want to create a schedule backup, you can click “Backup Schedule”.

Backup Once

Step 3. Tick Differential options and click Next.

Different Options

Step 4.  Tick Full Server and click Next.

Full Server

Step 5. Tick Local drives and Next. Then, in the new window, click the inverted triangle and select a drive from drop-down menu as backup destination. You can choose any detected local disk or external drive.

Local Drive

Step 6. Tick VSS copy backup(recommended) and click Next. Finally, click Backup to perform Windows Server 2008 image backup.

Vss Copy Backup

Wait for the backup task to complete, it will take a long time, and the backup time depends on how much data you have. Then, you can create another backup with a different location, otherwise the old backup image will be overwritten with the new one. Also, this applied to backup schedule. 

In addition, this software only supports schedule backup in “Once a day” or “More than once a day”. And the schedule backup task requires a  separate, dedicated disk instead of a partition. To avoid these issues, you could try another powerful backup software for server 2008, AOMEI Backupper Server, for example.

Use Third-party Server 2008 Backup Software to Create System Backup

AOMEI Backupper Server is a powerful Windows Server backup software that is widely used to backup server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, 2022 and previous versions. The entire process can be completed in a few simple steps. Thanks to its clean interface and user-friendly design, many users can use it smoothly, even novices can operate like a professional. 

It supports full backup solutions to satisfy different users' needs, including "System Backup", "Disk Backup", "Partition Backup" and "File Backup". And it can backup disk or partition with various file system, such as, NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, EXT2, EXT3. Meanwhile, it still works well in multiple backup storage, namely, local disk, external hard drive, USB drive, network drive, NAS, and cloud drive like OneDrive. 

In addition, this software has 30 days free trial and many powerful features to make your backup simple and efficient. 

  • Multiple backup options. You can set compression level, enable email notification and encryption for backup, comment, encryption, etc. 

  • 5 different schedule backup settings. You can backup system/disk/partition/files in daily/weekly/monthly. Also, you can backup at specific events with "Event triggers", or use "USB plug in" feature.

  • 3 different backup types. You can create full, incremental and differential backup according to your needs. The latter two backup types save much backup time and disk space.

  • 5 Professional disk space management methods. You can enable backup scheme to delete old backups and free up disk space while keeping the latest backup versions. 

Then, without further ado, here take system image backup as an example to show you the entire process. If you want to backup system to external hard drive, please connect it to your computer in advance.

Step 1. Download Windows Server 2008 backup software AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it. Then, you will see its deep-blue interface.

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Step 2. Click “Backup” and “System Backup” subsequently. The system related partition (s) will be selected automatically. This small operation can greatly reduce boot failure caused by forgetting to select the hidden partitions required to boot Windows or directly ignoring them.

System Backup

Step 3. Click the folder-shaped icon and select the connected external hard drive as backup destination. 

Select Path

Step 4. Click "Options" and "Schedule" to set backup settings. Click "Scheme" to delete backup files. At last, click “Start Backup” if there is no problem.

  • Daily/weekly/monthly: This feature backup your system at a fixed interval, such as, per day, and keeps the latest updates, newly installed apps, modified files etc.

  • Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks: This feature helps when users want to create server 2008 image image at off-peak hours. It will wake up your computer two minutes before the backup task starts.

  • Event-triggers: To backup system without any interference, you could consider using "System Shutdown" in event triggers backup.

  • USB Plug in: Once the source or target USB drive of the backup is plugged in, it will automatically backup from or to USB drive.

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Confirm everything is ok and click "Start Backup" to backup system.

Start Backup

Now, you may successfully create a system backup with backup software for server 2008. Then, it's suggested to create a bootable media with this software so you can recover your computer even if it fails to boot. To restore server 2008, please go to the "Home" tab.

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Using built-in free server 2008 backup software to create a system image is a good way. But if you use third-party server backup software AOMEI Backupper Server, the backup task will be easier and more efficient because of its powerful features. And you can backup system, disk, partition and files as you like. 

The only drawback is that AOMEI Backupper Server supports up to 5 servers or PCs. If you have a company or multiple servers, AOMEI Backupper TechPlus can be a better choice. It can be used on unlimited servers and PCs within one company. Also, it provides billable technical services to unlimited clients and allows you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.