By AOMEI / Last Updated September 22, 2020

Why Should We Backup System State for Windows 2008?

As we all know that the data on server machine must be very important for company, no matter Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008. However, there are many situations that could lead to data loss or system crash. For example, the hard drive broken, virus, mistake operation, even a natural disaster. Once the system crashed, the company would suffer great losses. So in order to keep the company’s work normal, it’s necessary to backup system state for your Windows Server 2008, for it can store the system state to a safe place and it can be restored immediately after being damaged.

Next, I’ll show you three solutions that can help you create system state backup for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can first read and then choose the suitable one to follow. Or if you prefer the easiest way to make it, then Method 3 is the way to go. The tool can help you schedule multiple daily/weekly/monthly backup tasks with no effort.

Method 1. System State Backup with Windows Server 2008 Built-in Tool

Method 2. Windows Server 2008 System State Backup via Command Line

Method 3. Windows Server 2008 System State Backup with AOMEI Backupper

Method 1. System State Backup with Windows Server 2008 Built-in Tool

Windows Server 2003 has a backup tool called NTbackup for system state backup. With the development of Microsoft and its Operating System, the NTbackup has been upgraded and replaced by Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. The backup tool in Windows Server 2008 isn’t existing by default. If you want to use it, you must add "Windows Server Backup" utility manually.

Open the Server Manager in Administrative Tools, click Features, then click Add Features to open the Select Features interface, select Windows Sever Backup Features and install it. Then, you can use the function to do system state backup. You can create a one-time backup of the system state or a scheduled backup of the system state.

Click Start -> Administrative Tools -> Windows Server Backup to open it, then, select Backup Once Wizard or Backup Schedule Wizard at the right side as you want. Then, choose system state as the backup item, and choose the location space, and start running this process.

Main Interface

Although Windows Server 2008 added a snapshot tool to improve NTbackup, it takes a long time to backup and restore. Besides, it has many other shortages:

  • It could not restore the backup created by NTbackup.exe.

  • It needs a separate disk to run the scheduled backup.

  • It can only backup local NTFS volume.

For these reasons, it won’t be easy for users. Thus, Windows server 2008 backup software is very popular around the world. Considering the security and the price, here we recommend you AOMEI Backupper Server introduced in Method 3.

Method 2. Windows Server 2008 System State Backup via Command Line

Step 1. Click Start Menu and type “cmd” in the search box, then run command prompt as administrator.

Step 2. Type a command based on the following syntax and press Enter to execute system state backup.

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:X: -quiet

X: 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, if you do not type-quiet parameter, you will receive a prompt “Do you want to start the backup operation?” and you need to type Y to ensure that you want to perform this operation. To avoid it, you should add –quiet parameter at the end of command.

System State Backup Cmd

Method 3. Windows Server 2008 System State Backup with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Server is one professional server backup software designed for Windows operating system including Windows Server 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, etc. and also supports Windows PC operating systems. It not only can help you backup the system state but also offers file, disk, partition backup.

Besides, compared to Windows Server Backup utility that can only create one daily scheduled backup, it supports creating multiple scheduled backups: daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers.

It has a simple operating interface and you can backup Windows Server 2018 with a few steps. Get the tool and follow the steps below to create system state backup in Windows 2008 R2.

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Step 1. Click Backup tab and select System Backup. It can also do Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup, and File Sync.

System Backup

Step 2. You can see an interface like following screenshot. You can choose a destination to save Windows Server 2008 system state backup.

Select Path

Step 3. (Optional) Configure backup schedule and scheme based on your needs.

a) Click Schedule to specify a time to run the system backup task, such as daily, weekly, or monthly. Under the Advanced tab, you are allowed to do Full Backup, Incremental Backup and Differential Backup. If you choose Incremental or Differential backup, AOMEI Backupper will only backup the changed and modified data since the latest backup.

Backup Schedule

b) Click Scheme to enable Disk Space Management to free up more space by deleting obsolete backups.

Backup Scheme

Step 4. After all the settings, click Start Backup to prompt the process. It will take a few minutes, and it depends on the size of the system partition. When it reaches 100%, click Finish, and you have already backup system state for Server 2008.

Start Backup

AOMEI Backupper Server is the optimal choice for Windows Server 2008 system state backup, on top of that, it is fully compatible with all Windows operating systems, such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

And 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.


That’s all for how to take system state backup in Windows 2008 R2. Compared to Windows Server Backup utility or the command line, AOMEI Backupper Server is the optimal choice for Windows Server 2008 system state backup because it offers more powerful functions.