By Ivy / Last update November 9, 2021

Windows Server Backup in 2012 not showing 

Windows Server Backup in 2012 is a great helper for server users to protect their computers and data on them. With it, you can create a system state backup, bare metal backup, full backup, selected storage volumes or specific files or folders as long as the data volume is less than 2 terabytes.

Windows Server 2012

But in some situations Windows Server Backup in 2012 is not showing, and along with it, the wbadmin.msc is also missing. This also occurs in 2008, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, 2022. If you are experiencing this error, you may be curious to know why this problem is occurring and how to fix it, just like user in the following case.

New Windows 2012 server installed and I tuned on the Windows Server Backup feature but when I look in Tools in Server Manager or even Administrative Tools, I don't see anything. Rebooted and still nothing. What could this be?

Why Windows Server Backup 2012 missing?

There are two common reasons why  Windows Server Backup 2012 missing, you can check them in the following.

1.  Windows Server Backup is not installed. If you have ever used a server computer, you may know that Windows Server Backup is not installed by default. In this case, you need to manually install it from Server Manager. 

2. Windows Server Backup service is missing If the problem is Windows Server Backup installed but not showing, then most likely you don't have the Windows Server Backup service - Network Load Balancing (NLB) installed during the Windows Server Backup installation process.

Then, after getting the reasons, you can continue to fix this error in the next part.

Fix Windows Server Backup 2012 not showing 

Here you will learn 2 useful ways to fix Windows Server backup 2012 not showing error. You can choose to install Windows Server Backup manually if you have not installed Windows Server Backup.

But if you have Windows Server Backup installed but not showing, please install Windows Server Backup as well as Windows Server Backup service - Network Load Balancing (NLB) together. 

Way 1: Install Windows Server Backup manually 

Step 1. Open Server Manager by clicking on it in the taskbar. Then, go to Manage > Add roles and functionalities in the right Menu.

Step 2. In the Add Roles and Features Wizard, you will be asked to select installation type, server, roles, features. Please select them and then in the “Features” tab, check “Windows Server Backup” and click “Next".

Install Windows Server Backup

Step 3. Click on “Yes” and “Install” to start installing Windows Server Backup.

Then you can close this window to do other things when Windows Server Backup is being installed in the background. You can check if the installation is complete by clicking on Notifications Center icon. 

Way 2. Install Windows Server Backup service - Network Load Balancing (NLB) 

Before install the Windows Server Backup service - Network Load Balancing (NLB), you need to remove Windows Server Backup first. Then, install both features in the Server Manager. You can follow the steps below. 

Step 1. In the Server Manager, select Manage and Remove Roles and Features

Step 2. Then, it will open Remove Roles and Features Wizard. Click Next until you see the Features tab, uncheck Windows Server Backup and click Remove

Step 3. Wait for the installation process to complete. 

Step 4. After you successfully remove Windows Server Backup, open the Add Roles and Features Wizard again and check both Windows Server Backup and Network Load Balancing in the Features tab.

NLB Feature

Step 5. Click Next and Install to start the installation process. 

Tip on how to install WSB and NLB using Powershell

1.  Search powershell in the Start menu and select Run as administrator.

2. In the Windows Powershell window, type the following commands and hit Enter to run them. 

  • Uninstall - WindowsFeature Windows-Server-Backup - Remove
  • Install - WindowsFeature NLB
  • Install - Windows Feature Windows-Server-Backup

After that, you should be able to use Windows Server Backup to create a custom backup or full server backup. But if you still can't fix the Windows Server Backup 2012 not showing error, it's time to use the best Windows Server 2012 backup software to backup your server instead of spending much time solving this issue. 

Windows Server Backup 2012 not showing - how to create a system backup easily

AOMEI Backupper Server was developed for easy Windows Server backup and recovery. If you are looking for a Windows Server Backup alternative, it will be a good choice. Following are its main features:

★ Backup types: It offers users File Backup, System Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup. Thus, you can easily backup individual files, server system, entire server, or selected volumes in simple steps. 

★ Backup schedule: It lets you set Windows Server Backup multiple schedules, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, and USB plug in.

★ Backup scheme: It provides you three backup methods -full/incremental/differential backups, so you can choose to backup only changed files or make an exact copy. Also, you have three cleanup method (By quantity, By time, By daily/weekly/monthly) to automatically delete old backups, which make sure your backup disk always have enough space for new backup.

In addition, this software still allows you to create recovery disk in Windows Server 2012. Thus, if your server is in a serious problem,  you can use it to boot your computer and then restore system image or disk image to new hard drive. And you can even restore system to new server with dissimilar hardware. You can download this software to have a try!

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Step 1. Open this backup software, click “Backup” in the left pane and then select “System Backup” in the right panel. To backup the entire server, select “Disk Backup” instead.

System Backup

Step 2. In this screen, all needed partitions for system restore are selected automatically. You just need to specify a destination location to store your backup image. You can backup to external hard drive, network location, cloud drive and other locations.

Select Destination

Step 3. Confirm the backup operation and click “Start Backup” to create a system image backup in Windows Server 2012.

Start Backup

★If you want to make the backup task automatic and smart, you can set some helpful backup settings.

Options: You can make a comment for task to distinguish it from others clearly, avoid any unwanted access by adding a password, enable email notification for backup task, etc. 

Schedule Backup: You can backup system at a prefer frequency, from daily to weekly. And more precisely, you can even set the backup date, backup time and intervals. For off-peak hour backups, you can still wake the computer to run scheduled task from sleep or hibernate mode.


Backup Scheme: You can use it to set cleanup method. You can delete the backup files by a specific quantity. For example, if you set the By quantity cleanup method and choose to keep the latest 1 sets of backups, the first set of backups will be deleted when the 2nd set of backups is created.

Backup Scheme

★ More advanced way to backup Windows Server

If you want one key system backup & recovery solution for Windows Server 2019/2016/2012, etc, you can resort to specialized onekey recovery software - AOMEI OneKey Recovery. It enables you to create a custom recovery partition and system image backup, and you can launch the system restore process by pressing "F11" or "A" during computer startup (Legacy boot) or choosing "AOMEI OneKey Recovery" in boot menu (UEFI boot).

OneKey System Backup


Windows Server Backup 2012 not showing occurs in 2 situations, either you don't install it or lack of theNetwork Load Balancing (NLB) feature, you just need to install them with the help of above steps. But if you still don't make the Windows Server Backup work, it's suggested to use a professional server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server.

By using, you can backup system, disk, file and partitions easily with a user-friendly interface. And it allows to schedule multiple backups (Daily, Weekly, Monthly) in Windows Server 2012. Also, you can set backup methods and cleanup methods to meet your different needs. 

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 and also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.