By Ailsa / Last Updated September 17, 2020

Windows Server 2008 (R2) End of Support

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support has been ended on January 14, 2020. It means that you can’t get the Windows security updates, drivers, and other patches.

If you would like to protect your critical data on Windows Server 2008, you could upgrade to Windows Server 2012, 2016 or 2019 to get the free security updates to keep them protected.

If you cannot upgrade to the higher Windows Server systems, please backup Windows Server 2008 on a regular basis because there maybe a system crash, data corruption, virus attack, human error, etc. Keep everything be protected.

Many administrators would like do incremental backup in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 to get the latest data copy.

What is Incremental Backup?

Before understanding the incremental backup, we will describe you the three Windows Server backup types you may encountered: Full Backup, Incremental and Differential backup.

Full Backup

Full backup refers to create a backup of everything you specified. However, full backup would cost more time and the full backup image file requires more storage space. Luckily, it can be solved by differential backup and incremental backup.

Differential Backup

The differential backup refers to backup the changed or newly added files only since the last full backup.

Incremental Backup

Incremental backup refers to back up the new changed, added data based on the last backup, no matter it is a full backup or incremental backup. On the basis of the last backup, there will be a mutual dependent relationship between these backup image files. The last image file of incremental backup is based on the previous image file. This means, if you delete a previous image file, all the subsequent image files will be invalid.

Obviously, compared with full backup, incremental and differential backup helps to improve backup efficiency and reduce storage disk space in maximum. However, It will cost more time to restore all of the data.

Incremental Vs Differential

Windows Server 2008 R2 Incremental Backup Step by Step Guide

Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 would help you a lot to create incremental backup. Please install and configure Windows Server Backup as follows:

1. Click Start > Administrative Tools > Windows Server Backup.

2. Select Configure Performance Settings at the Actions column.

3. Tick Faster backup performance (incremental backup), and press OK.

Faster Backup Performance

4. Then press Backup Schedule... at the Actions column, and then click Next >.


5. Tick Full Server (Recommended), and press Next >.

Select Backup Configuration

6. Choose Once a day and specify the time you would like to backup, and hit Next >.

7. Select Back up to a hard disk that is dedicated for backups (recommended), and press Next >.

8. Add the external storage device to save the backups, and click Next >.

9. Confirm the settings of Windows Server 2008 R2 incremental backup, and press Finish.

And then you will get the incremental backup in Windows Server 2008. By the way, you could perform incremental backup with WBADMIN command.

However, there are some limitations of Windows Server Backup:

  • Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 (R2) and Windows Server 2003 (R2) could not backup volume larger than 2 TB.

  • Removable storage media not supported, like Tape, CD, USB flash drive, etc.

  • There only the latest backup if you backup to remote shared folder.

Is there any better way to create Windows Server 2008 incremental backup?

Best Windows Server Backup Alternative - AOMEI Backupper

As the best Windows Server Backup alternative, AOMEI Backupper Server owns the best performance and powerful features to create incremental backups in Windows Servers and PCs.

  • More backup types: full backup, incremental and differential backup.

  • More schedule options: Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in.

  • Different storage devices supported: local disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, CD/DVD, Network share or NAS, even the cloud.

  • Support all Windows operating systems. Includes Windows Server 2003 (R2), 2008 (R2), 2012, 2016, 2019, SBS 2003, 2008, 2011; Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit).

It’s easy to create incremental backup in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with the Windows backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server.

Please download the AOMEI Backupper Server 30 day free trial, and follow the steps listed below to learn how to take incremental backup in Windows Server 2008 R2 step by step.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Server, click Backup and choose Disk Backup. Or choose System Backup, Partition Backup, or File Backup if you prefer.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Click Add Disk to choose Windows Server 2008 R2 hard disk. Rename the Task Name if required.

Add Disk

Step 3. Press the inverted triangle icon > Select a network location > Add Network Location > input Network Path, and the credentials, and hit OK, choose a network shared folder as destination.

Select Destination

Add Network Path

Step 4. Click Schedule, select one of the mode in General tab, and then choose Incremental Backup at the Advanced tab, click OK.

Advanced Settings

Step 5. Hit Start Backup >> button to perform Windows Server 2008 R2 incremental Backup automatically.

Options: It allows you comment on the incremental backup in Windows Server 2008 R2, split, compress, or encrypt the backup image, enable email or SMS notification, use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), etc.
Scheme: It enables you to automatically delete old backup images while the backups over the number you specified according to the scheme you chosen to free up space on your hard disk.

Disk Backup To NAS Scheduled

The first time you execute the task, it will create full backup, and then create incremental backups when changes happen. Therefore, to restore all of your Windows Server 2008 R2 data, you will need not only the last full backup but also all the chained incremental backups created based on the full backup.

If you did not set up the Schedule option while create the Windows Server 2008 incremental backup task, you could set up incremental backup after finishing backup:

Go to Home > Find the backup task, and click the more options icon > Backup > Incremental Backup. That is, you could also perform a full backup, or differential backup.

Home Incremental Differential


Compared with Windows Server Backup, It’s easier to create incremental backup in Windows Server 2008 R2 with AOMEI Backupper Server. If you just want to get all the files and folders from the Windows Server 2008 (R2), you could try real time sync to keep all the data to be synced to the destination once the changes occur.

If you would like to protect unlimited PCs and Servers to be protected within your company, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus to get more advanced features, and manage easier.