By Ailsa / Last Updated October 22, 2020

About Windows Server Backup

Windows Server Backup (WSB) is a free server backup software that allows you to backup full sever (all volumes), selected volumes, the system state, specific files or folders, or server bare metal backup in Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011.

As known to all of us, as the NTBackup replacement, Windows Server Backup (WSB) do big improvement in backups, adopt the block level backup instead of file-level. And provides command line version - WBAdmin for IT professional to manage easily.

However, Windows Server Backup has some limitations that you should be aware:

  • Windows Server Backup does not support individual file backup. You have to backup entire volume, if you select individual files and folders, you will get nothing to backed up.

  • Windows Server Backup will not shrink the storage space of shadow copies to 1/8 below the target volume size. Hence, you may find backup failed due to server backup not enough space on the disk.

  • You cannot use any volumes not formatted with NTFS as backup source or backup target.

  • Only one scheduled backup job supported.

If you are looking for Windows Server Backup alternative, It’s highly recommended to use the professional backup software for Windows Server.

Windows Server Backup Alternative - AOMEI Backupper

As the best professional backup software for Windows Server, AOMEI Backupper Server do you a big favor for backup and management.

  • All Windows PCs and Servers supported. Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (all 32-bit and 64-bit versions), Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2).

  • Flexible way to backup: It allows you backup entire hard disk, partition(s), system state, or individual file backup. Even restore individual files from backups.

  • Manage backups easily with Backup Scheme. With the Backup Scheme, the program will help you delete old backup images automatically according to the scheme you choose when the backups exceeds the number you specified. And incremental and differential backup supported to save your hard disk storage space.

  • This backup software for Windows Server supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, ReFS, Ext2, Ext3, ExFAT, etc.

Therefore, AOMEI Backupper Server is best Windows Server backup tool. Please download the Windows Server backup software free trial for 30 days, and have it a try.

Backup Server 2019 with Windows Server Backup Alternative

To show you how it works to backup Window Server with the best server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server, please refer to the following steps (take Windows Server 2019 incremental backup for example):

1. Perform the Windows server backup alternative - AOMEI Backupper Server, select Disk Backup at the Backup tab.

Disk Backup

2. Click + Add Disk button to choose the Windows Server 2019 hard disk(s) to backup, and click Add to select. Rename the Task Name if need be.

Add Disk

3. Select a location as the destination to save the Windows Sever 2019 backup file.

Select Backup Destination

4. Click Schedule, choose a mode in General tab, and tick Incremental Backup (default) at the Advanced tab, click OK.

Schedule Settings General

Schedule Settings Advanced

5. Tap Scheme > Enable Backup Scheme, choose a backup scheme to manage backups to save your disk space.


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Options: you could comment on the sync task, encrypt, compress, split the backup image, use VSS, make an exact backup (sector by sector backup), enable email notification, etc.
There 5 modes in Schedule settings, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event Triggers, and USB plug in.

6. Press Start Backup >> button to create Windows Server 2019 incremental backup regularly.

Start Backup Schedule Scheme Checked

After a few hours later (depending the data capacity of your server), you have successfully backed up Server 2019.

Besides, you could try real-time sync to sync files in real time, two way sync, or other sync features if you don’t want to create a image file that compressed. A command line Windows Server backup tool also provided in AOMEI Backupper Server, AMBackup.exe.

The End

As you can see, the best Windows Server Backup alternative - AOMEI Backupper Server is more flexible to use and offers quite more features than Windows Server Backup.

Use the suitable feature to backup Server system, hard disk and data. To protect your data safe, please backup server on regular basis just in case system failure or hardware failure.

If you would like to manage and monitor backups for all clients within LAN from one central console, please try AOMEI Centralized Backupper.