How to Backup Windows Server to OneDrive Easily (3 Ways)

You can learn 3 easy ways to backup Windows Server to OneDrive, including the desktop app, official website and professional third-party tool. You can read on for more details.


By Miya Updated on October 16, 2023

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Brief Introduction of OneDrive

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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." And 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, it will be affected by computer failure and 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 back 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 to 3 ways to backup Server to OneDrive in turn. You can use a desktop App, official website, or professional third-party tool to help you.

Way 1. Backup 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 you can also keep them locally if there are some changes. 

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. If you are on the Your OneDrive folder page, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files.

Your Onedrive Folder


  • 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 to brief instructions on 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.

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 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 or folders manually. 

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.

Onedrive Upload

Way 3. Perform Windows Server Backup OneDrive via Third-party Tool

In addition to OneDrive, many third-party tools are also very useful, such as AOMEI Backupper Server, which can help you easily backup files from Windows Server to OneDrive. And you can make it run automatically while using the least disk space with the following features. 

  • Schedule backup: it allows you to backupWindows Server to OneDrive with fixed intervals, such as Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or based on specific events in Event triggers.
  • Backup method: it supports full, Incremental and differential backup, among them, the last two backup methods only backup the changed parts of your files to the OneDrive. Thus, you can create multiple backups with less disk space
  • Backup cleanup: The cleanup methods help delete old backup automatically and it varies depending on the backup method. In the default incremental backup, you can use By quantity, By time, and By daily/weekly/monthly. For differential backup, you still can use By space method. 

In addition, it still supports backup files from Windows Server to local disk, external disk, USB drive, HDD, SSD, AOMEI Cloud, etc. And it is also applicable to Windows PC systems, such as, Windows 11, 10, 8, 7,XP, and Vista. Please download AOMEI Backupper Server, install it, and open it. 

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Now, you can follow this graphic tutorial to backup Windows Server to OneDrive.

Step 1. On the main page of AOMEI Backupper, click Backup > File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select the files/folders you want to backup.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Click the triangle icon next to the folder-shaped icon and then Select a cloud drive to add OneDrive as destination. 

Select A Cloud Drive

Step 4. In the Select Cloud window, you will see all the available cloud drives. Select OneDrive in the following window and click OK. 


Step 5. Confirm all your operations and click Start Backup to backup Windows Server to OneDrive.

Backup Nas Drive To Onedrive

You can also click Options, Schedule Backup, and Backup Scheme to make backup tasks automatically and flexibly:

▶ Options: It allows you to write comments on the backup files, and encrypt, split, and compress the backup file. You can also set the email notification.

▶ Schedule Backup: You can do the scheduled backup with different frequencies (Daily, Weekly, Monthly), or based on specific events in Event triggers. Note that the USB plug in option is only available for Windows Server backup files to USB flash drive.  

Schedule Settings

▶ Backup scheme: It allows you to create a full backup every time or backup only changed files with corresponding backup methods. And you can also automatically delete old backup images to save your space.

  • Backup Method: By default, the backup method is Incremental Backup, it only backup changes after the previous backup, taking less backup time and backup disk space. And you can also use Differential Backup, by comparison, it is relatively independent.  
  • Backup Cleanup: You have 3 ways to delete old backups with default backup methods, "By quality", "By time", "By daily/weekly/monthly". If you use Differential Backup instead, you still can use By space cleanup method.

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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, its AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus helps you protect unlimited servers of your company and allows you to copy the installation directory for portable version creation. 

Miya · Editor
Miya has an excellent insight and receives professional and systematic technical training since joining AOMEI. She has a comprehensive understanding of computer issues, aiming at helping users troubleshoot all kinds of problems. A lot of computer users around the world have found her articles very helpful!