Windows Server Backup Schedule to Network Drive

August 24, 2016

Learn how to make Windows Server Backup schedule to a network drive with full or incremental backup.

Why backup to a network drive?

A network drive is a hard disk that users within LAN can read or write data to it. A mapped network drive also has a drive letter just like a local drive, so you can easily access it on your computer. People do not want to backup to the same disk where the files included in the backup locates because you will end up no backups at all if the system disk crashes. It is very convenient to restore a server using the backup on a network drive if you have created Windows Server backup schedule backup to a network drive. It is a better backup solution than external hard drive because you do not need to carry it and it will not be affected if the local drives fail.

How to schedule backup to a network drive?

Windows Server Backup, Windows Server built-in backup tool, allows you t\to schedule a backup to the network share. As you may Windows Server Backup uses volume shadow copy service to save backups copies, you will not be able to directly perform incremental backups to network share because network shared folder or network drive is not literally a volume. To use the Windows Server Backup, you have to install in Server Manager as it is not pre-installed.

To create windows backup to NAS with Windows Server Backup:

1. In the backup GUI, click on Backup Schedule…at the right panel to open the Backup Schedule Wizard.

Getting Started

2. At the next screen, choose what to include in the backup as the wizard suggests.

What to Backup

3. Then specify when you want to the backup to run by choosing one or more times of the day.

When to Backup

4. At the Specify Destination Type screen, choose “Backup to shared network folder”, and click “Next” to write a path to the network folder.

Destination Location

5. When all is set, confirm the backup task and click “Finish” to exit the Backup Schedule Wizard.


However, on Windows Server 2008, schedule backup to network shared folder is not available in the backup wizard. In this case, you can either use WBadmin enable backup command or switch to third party server backup software.

Auto backup to network drive with an easier way

If you cannot bear with Windows Server Backup, luckily, you can use a server backup program called AOMEI Backupper Server which allows you to set up multiple scheduled backup to network share effortlessly without the limitations than Windows Server Backup has. As it provides System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup, and File Backup, no matter what you want to backup, it will satisfy you. Let’s create a scheduled system backup to network drive as an example to show you how easily a backup can be done with AOMEI Backupper.:

1. Download and run this program. In the main interface, select “System Backup” under the “Backup” tab.

System Backup

2. Click “Step 2” to specify where to keep the backup image files.

Step 2

3. In the pop-up window, which is actually File Explorer, click “Computer” and then select the network drive.

Network Drive

4. Back to the backup screen, click the “Schedule” button to choose when and how often you want the backup performed. Besides, daily backup job, you also have a weekly, monthly and event triggers scheduled backup.

Weekly Backup

4. You can also click “Scheme” to enable Disk Space Management for automatic old backups cleanup. When all settings are checked, click “Start Backup”.

The scheduled backup will be performed using incremental backups by default. You can choose to run full/differential backup instead. What’s more, it supports more backup options like email notification, encryption for configuring a scheduled backup. With scheduled backups running, you will never be at the risk of losing your server. Even if your server hardware fails, you can restore to dissimilar hardware with this backup and restore tool. Therefore, AOMEI Backupper is really worth trying if you are not satisfied with Windows Server Backup schedule to network drive.