Brief Introduction of OneDrive
OneDrive is the Microsoft cloud service that connects you to all your files. It allows you to store and protect your files, share them with others, and get to them from anywhere on all your devices. When you use OneDrive with an account provided by your company or school, it's sometimes called "OneDrive for work or school." It used to be known as "OneDrive for Business," so you may still see it called that in places.
Why Backup Windows Server to OneDrive?
On the topic of why you should backup your Windows Server to OneDrive, this article summarizes 3 common and important reasons for you.
- Security: First and foremost, Windows Server backup to cloud will increase data security. Since the data in OneDrive is stored remotely, you can still access the data even if something goes wrong with your local device or system.
- Convenience: Backing up Windows Server to OneDrive allows you to access your data not only locally, but also on any other device, as long as you have an Internet connection.
- Space-saving: With more and more files you backed up in local hard disk, you will face the problem of running out of disk storage space. Therefore, backing up Windows Server to OneDrive will be a good way to help you save local disk space.
How to Backup Windows Server to OneDrive
This article will introduce you 3 ways to backup Windows Server to OneDrive in turn. You can use a desktop App, official website or professional third-party tool to help you. And you can choose any one of them according to your own needs. Please read on.
Way 1. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive via Desktop App
The first method is to backup Windows Server to OneDrive via the OneDrive desktop App. After installing this application, OneDrive will create a sync folder on your local computer. This folder will be synced in both directions, which means if you add any files to this location on Windows Server, they will be automatically added to OneDrive and vice versa. And you can follow the steps below.
Step 1. Download the OneDrive desktop App on your Windows Server, install and open it.
Step 2. Sign in to your OneDrive account.
Step 3. You are on the Your OneDrive folder page, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files.
- The OneDrive desktop App is available on Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 (R2), or Windows Server 2008 R2.
- If you want to change the folder location, select Change location. This is the best time to make this change because you haven't backed up or synced any files so far.
- If this is your first time to open the App, you will be shown several welcome screens introducing you brief instructions of how to use OneDrive service and just click on Next to continue.
Step 4. Then you will see Get the mobile app screen, if you need the mobile app, click Get the mobile app button. If you don’t need it, click Later.
Step 5. On the Your OneDrive is ready for you page, click Open my OneDrive folder.
Step 6. When you open this page, it will automatically select these files for you and they will be synced into the OneDrive folder. This folder has a two-way sync feature, so you just need to drag and drop the files into OneDrive folder, It will automatically backup and sync the files.
Way 2. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive via Official Website
The second way to backup Windows Server to OneDrive is to use the official website of OneDrive. It allows you to upload files manually. Please follow the steps below.
Step 1. Go to the official website of OneDrive and sign in.
Step 2. On the home page, click the "Upload" option to select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.
Way 3. Backup Windows Server to OneDrive via Third-party Tool
In addition to OneDrive, many third-party tools also very useful, such as AOMEI Backupper Server, which can help you easily backup files from Windows Server to OneDrive, and it has some advantages below.
- Schedule backup: You can backup files from Windows Server to OneDrive with fixed intervals, such as Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event trigger/USB plug in.
- Incremental and differential backups: These two backup methods will only backup the changed parts of your files to the OneDrive so that you can save the disk space.
- Multiple backup schemes: The backup scheme will delete the older backups to save the target disk space.
- Various backup paths: It allows you to not only backup files from Windows Server to OneDrive, but also to other locations such as local disk, external disk, USB drive, HDD, SSD, etc.
- System compatibility: This software supports all Windows Server systems and all Windows PC systems.
Now, you can follow this graphic tutorial to backup Windows Server to OneDrive.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install, and open it. You can click Backup > File Backup.
Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files/folders you want to backup.
Step 3. Click the triangle icon next to the folder-shaped icon and click Select the cloud drive as the destination place. Then it will list all cloud drives installed on your computer, select OneDrive, click OK.
Step 4. Confirm all your operations and click Start Backup to backup Windows Server to OneDrive.
- Options: It allows you to write comments on the backup files, encrypt, split and compress the backup file. You can also set the email notification.
- Schedule: You can do the scheduled backup with different frequencies (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers and USB plug in)
- Scheme: It will automatically delete old backup images to save your space.
Backing up Windows Server to OneDrive can better protect your data and also make it easier for users to access their files. This article provides 3 ways including OneDrive desktop App, its official website and a professional backup software AOMEI Backupper Server to achieve this goal.
I prefer the third method because it is more stable and secure than the other two methods, and it offers more backup features to protect your files in all aspects.
Besides, if you want to protect unlimited servers of your company, AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus may be your best choice. It can provide unlimited billable technical services to clients and allows you to copy the installation directory for portable version creation. You can download this software to explore more useful features.