By Ivy / Last update October 30, 2021

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, 2022 (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 following comprehensive and reliable backup software for Windows Server.

Windows Server Backup Alternative - AOMEI Backupper

As the best professional server backup software, AOMEI Backupper Server will do you a big favor for server backup and recovery. 

  • All Windows Servers and PCs supported. Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022 (including R2) and Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (all 32-bit and 64-bit versions).

  • 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.

Please download the Windows Server backup software free trial for 30 days, and have it a try. (The Clone features in free trial can be demonstrated only, you could upgrade to enjoy more)

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Backup Server 2019 with Windows Server Backup Alternative

To show you how it works to create Windows Server 2019 backup 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. Try system backup if you prefer to backup Server 2019 system only.

Disk Backup

2. Click + Add Disk button to choose the Windows Server 2019 hard disk(s) to backup. 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 Backup > Enable Schedule Backup, then select daily/weekly/monthly/event triggers/USB plug in.

Schedule Settings General


5. Tap Backup Scheme and select backup method, Incremental Backup is the default option.  Then, click Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup, and select a cleanup method, you can use By quantity, By time, By quality.  



★ Tips:
 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 automatically. 

Start Backup Schedule Scheme Checked

After a period of time (and the time depending the data capacity of Windows Server 2019), you have successfully backed up Server 2019.

Note: You should know that no matter what backup you choose, full backup, incremental or differential backup, the first backup is the full backup, and at the following time, it will create the backup you specified. Because the full backup is the basis of the incremental backup and differential backup.

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, named 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 comprehensive Windows server backup tool to provide flexible server backup solutions for Server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 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.