By AOMEI / Last Updated June 4, 2020

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Why need to backup Windows Server?

Suffering from data loss, more and more people realize the importance of backup. They choose to backup personal PC to external hard drive or other safe places to protect data. In fact, the protection for data on Windows Server operating systems is also important, maybe more important.

Usually, Windows Server stores customers’ information, business profiles, working projects and so on of a company or enterprise. The cost of losing those data is really hard to predict when some serious problems happen, such as system crush, virus infection, hacker attack, hard disk failure, and human error, etc. Besides, one server operating system often has multiple client machines.

Luckily, regular backups save lives in those situations. An administrator could make everything back to life by simply restoring backup images created before, saving time, effort and money.

In addition, a well-configured system backup image could be used to deploy a large scale of computers from network, or perform bare metal recovery, no need to install Windows on those machines one by one.

How to choose Windows Server backup software?

As for the task of data backup, the first mission is to choose reliable and powerful Windows Server backup software. There are several elements that need to be taken into consideration when choosing Windows Server backup service.

Backup solution

Different users may have different needs for Windows Server backup. For example, some users want to backup the operating system, and some users want to backup the whole disk or a particular partition. And there are users who only want to backup files in Windows Server. Therefore, a Windows Server backup utility with full backup solutions would be popular.

Backup storage type

There are several types of backup storage you may use when creating backups for Windows Server, such as local disks, external hard drives, USB flash drives and NAS devices, etc. A kind of qualified Windows Server backup software should support all of them.

What is the best backup storage type? Choosing separate storage equipment (i.e., storing the backup image in a place away from the computer) is better, because it can protect the backup image against computer errors. However, backing up to local disk drives is more convenient, because it saves you from connecting/disconnecting a backup drive and it doesn’t ask for network connection.

Backup schedule

Backup schedule is also an important element that needs to be considered. New files are generated and old files are modified or deleted every day, so it’s essential to backup Windows Server on a regular basis. You may choose a Windows Server backup program that supports various backup schedules like daily, weekly, and monthly, etc.

Extra tips:
When performing the operation of backup, you must have certain permission or user right. For example, if you are a backup operator or an administrator in a local group, you can back up any data or files on the local computer. But if you are not an administrator or a backup operator, you can back up the files only if you are the owner of the files or you have either of the following permissions: read, read and execute, modify, or full control.

Best Windows Server backup software – meet all your needs

There is a built-in backup tool in Windows Server, that is, Windows Server Backup (WSB). However, you may be disappointed by Windows Server Backup limitations like Windows Server Backup 2 TB limit. Now, the best Windows Server backup software is strongly recommended to all the users. That is AOMEI Backupper Server.

All the factors mentioned above have been taken into consideration during the process of the research and development of this tool. Let’s see the main features of this software:

✦ It can help with system/disk/partition/file backup and recovery on Windows Server.
✦ It supports backing up to local and network location and it offers six schedule modes: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in, and Real-time Sync.
✦ It uses VSS technology when creating backups, which means even open or in-use files can be backed up.
✦ It supports both Windows Server operating systems (Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003, etc) and Windows PC operating systems (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP).

If you are looking for Windows Server 2016 backup software, it can be your ideal choice. Wanna have a try? Get the best Windows Server backup software free trial below:

How to create a system state backup in Windows Server?

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click on “Backup” and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step 2. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the destination path to store the backup image.

Select Destination Path

Step 3. Click “Schedule” in the bottom. In the pop-up window, you can set the frequency of the system backup task under the “General” tab and choose to run a scheduled full/incremental/differential backup under the “Advanced” tab.

Schedule Settings

Step 4. Confirm the operations and click “Start Backup”.

Start Backup


  • To boot your server in case of boot failure, you may create bootable media with AOMEI Backupper in advance.

  • To delete old backups automatically so as to release disk space, you can enable backup scheme in AOMEI Backupper.


As you see, AOMEI Backupper Server is the best Windows Server backup software for Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003. Actually, it can also be used as server cloning software which allows you to clone OS or an entire disk in Windows Server. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!