By Jessie / Last update October 15, 2021

Why would you backup Windows Server weekly?

As known to all, one can never be too careful with data issues. For Windows Servers which are commonly used in enterprise environments and usually store a lot of important data, frequent backups are necessary. Daily or weekly backup is also a viable strategy.

If you've taken other procedures to protect your server, like disk RAID array (RIAD 5, RAID 6) or Database Availability Group, then rather than schedule backup daily, you can backup server weekly to save more disk space. If you want to run different types of backup each day a week, you can create a few weekly backup tasks.

In the following article, you will find 2 ways to schedule weekly backup in Windows Server 2008: built-in tool or try a third-party program. Among them, the built-in method is kind of complicated and comes with some limitations. So if you prefer an easy and quick way to achieve the goal, you can refer to Method 2, which can help you schedule multiple daily/weekly/monthly backup tasks as you want.

Method 1. Schedule weekly backup with built-in tool

Windows Server 2008/2008R2 have its built-in utility to configure a scheduled back task to run backups automatically. However, it can only set backup tasks to be performed once a day or more than once a day. Fortunately, there is a workaround to schedule windows server backup task by using Task Scheduler to run Wbadmin full backup.

Backup Schedule

1. Type “task scheduler” in the search box and select Task Scheduler.

2. Click Create Task to begin the settings.

Create Task

3. In General, set a task name, and check the option Run (to know) whether user is logged on.

4. In Triggers, click New to specify which day(s) you want the backup to run.

5. In Actions, click New to add an action to execute. Type “wbadmin” in the Program/script box, and type a WBadmin backup command in Add argument (optional). For example to backup the C: drive including all critical volumes to the G: drive, you can write the following command:

start backup -backupTarget:G: -include:C: -allcritical

6. Check other settings based on your needs. If all are good, click OK and input user password.

Then a weekly backup task is set. However, only the partitions formatted with NTFS can be included in the backup, and critical volumes cannot be set as target location. Anyway, you already have a system backup, which can help you restore Server 2008/R2 to previous date in case of system failure. If you need something more professional and easy to use, you can try Server backup tool, like AOMEI Backupper Server.

Method 2. Schedule weekly backup with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional server backup software. It can create daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers scheduled backup using its own technology very conveniently. And not only Windows Server 2008, it supports all Windows PCs & Servers. So you can also use it to schedule backup for Windows Server 2012/R2, 2016, 2019, 2022, SBS 2003, etc.

It terms of backup functionality, it provides incremental and differential backup mode to copy only changed files, and backup scheme to set up auto deletion. What's more, you can also manage options like backup compression, encryption, splitting, email notifications and so on.

Besides, if you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.

How about give it a try? Download the tool first and follow the steps below to create a Windows Server 2008 R2 backup schedule weekly. Here's a free trial:

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1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server.

2. Under Backup tab, select the option you need from System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup. Here take System Backup as example.

System Backup

3. Select a backup target location as system backup will automatically choose the backup source partitions.

Select Path

4. Click Schedule Backup to configure a Windows Server 2008 weekly backup. If you want to set incremental/differential backup, you can go to Backup Scheme to change the Backup Method

Schedule Settings General

1. To schedule a Windows Server 2008 backup as you wish, AOMEI Backupper provides you multiple solutions: Weekly, Daily, Monthly, Event Triggers, USB plug in, Real time sync.
✍Event Triggers: You could trigger the backup event by the following events: User logon, User logoff, System startup, System shutdown.
✍USB plug in: It will automatically backup your file to USB or backup data on USB to other locations once detecting the USB device.
Real-time Sync: Backup files immediately after they changed, and keep everything up to date.
2. Besides, you could enable automatic backup cleanup to delete old backup images, and there are 5 options you could use: Full Backup Scheme, Incremental Backup Scheme, Differential Backup Scheme, Space Management Scheme, Other Backup Scheme.


5. Review the task, and click Start Backup to add this task.

Start Backup

Tips: AOMEI Backupper also allows you to clone Windows Server 2008 (R2) hard drive to another drive or SSD. Go Clone and then Disk Clone to check out.


Now you know how to schedule weekly backup for Windows Server 2008 R2. As you can see, if you use the Windows built-in tool, the process is complicated and also time-consuming. To finish the job in an easy way, AOMEI Backupper Server is a better choice. It can help you create multiple daily/weekly/monthly backup tasks as per your needs.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper allows you to perform restore via Windows Pre-OS mode, bootable media, or AOMEI PXE tool, even if your server is unbootable. Besides, it also enables you to clone your system, partition, or disk to keep your data safe.