By Yuka / Last update June 17, 2022

Need to create Windows Server file backup

Many users store their precious data in server computer, such as, photos, videos, documents, financial records and so on. Among them, financial records are of great significance to small and medium-sized companies, which are important data that they depend on for survival.

But once something goes wrong, these data may lose forever. It may be caused by accidentally deletion, hard drive failure, system crash, virus attack etc. 

According to Gartner, 25% of all PC users suffer from data lose each year. 7 out of 10 small firms that experience a major data go out of business within a year, this info is from DTI/Price Water House Coopers.

Therefore, whether you are a PC user or a business user, ensuring the safety of these files is of utmost importance. You can choose to backup files to external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive or NAS etc, which greatly reduces the risk of data loss caused by computer failure. Please keep reading below to learn more.

Use Windows Server Backup to backup files in Windows Server

Windows Server backup is a free Windows Server backup software, was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 and inherited in later version including 2012(R2)/2016(R2)/2019/2020, it's the replacement of NTBackup in earlier version. 

It allows you to backup full server (all volumes), selected volumes, system state, specific files or folders, or create a bare metal backup to perform bare metal recovery. In addition, you still can restore system state, volumes, files or folder and certain applications.

Then, please keep reading below and learn how to perform Windows Server Backup step by step.

Install Windows Server Backup 

Just the same as earlier version, Windows Server Backup is not installed by default, so please install it manually in Server Manager. 

  1. Open Server Manager > click Add roles and features and Next. 
  2.  Just leave the default Role-based or feature-based installation, then click Next until you're asked to select one or more features to install on the selected server. 
  3. Scroll down to Windows Server Backup and tick it. Then, click Next and Install respectively.


Backup files in Windows Server

Once the installation is completed, you can close it and go back to your desktop. Then, open Windows Server Backup in Server Manager and start to backup files in Windows Server with the following steps.

  1. In the main page of Windows Server Backup, go to Actions > Local Backup and click Backup Once, then you will enter the Backup Once Wizard.  

Backup Once

  1. On the Backup Options page, tick Different options and click Next.
  2. On the Select Backup Configuration page, choose Custom option so as to backup selected volumes or files and folders. Then click Next


Note: If you use "Custom" option, you still can enable VSS settings. It provides users two available options, namely, VSS full backup and VSS copy backup. The previous one is very useful if you want to update backup history of each file and clear the log files.

  1.  On the Select Items for Backup page, click Add Items to choose the entire volume containing all your files to back up. Then click Next.
  2.  On the Specify Destination Type page, choose Local drives or Remote shared folder. Then click Next.

Note✍: If you use the Remote shared folder, you will be prompted that each backup run will erase the previous backup, and only the latest backup will be available. 

  1.  On the Select Backup Destination page, choose the available local drive or specify UNC path of a remote shared folder.
  2.  On the confirmation page, check all the info and click Backup to start Windows Server file backup. Once the backup process is 100% completed, click Close to exit.


As mentioned earlier, this software only supports application-level file or folders backup and the later backup will overwrite the previous one, so it will backup other items you don't want, and you can only use the latest backup to recovery files. This process is a time-consuming and tedious. What's worse, if the latest backup is corrupted, you are out of luck. 

Then, is there any easier way to perform Windows Server 2008/2012/2016/2019/2020 file backup? The answer is definite, you could use Windows Server Backup alternative - AOMEI Backupper Server. 

Use AOMEI Backupper Server to perform Windows Server file backup

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional file backup software for all PCs, including Windows Server 2003, 2008(R2), 2011, 2012(R2), 2016(R2), 2019, 2020 and Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista.  It allows you to backup files to any detected storage, such as, internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, network drive/NAS, cloud drive etc.

And it still supports daily/weekly/monthly schedule backup plus full backup, incremental and differential backup, so you can automatically backup files without missing any changes. Moreover, you can backup files at specific events with "Event Triggers", such as, system shutdown, or automatic backup files on USB flash drive when it's plugged with "USB Plug in" feature.

In addition, this software will keep all the backup versions by default, so you can restore any backup version you want. But the backup disk will be full filled sooner or later. To avoid this situation, it's suggested to enable backup scheme to delete old backup to free up disk space.

Then, keep reading below and learn how to easily backup files in Windows Server. The following steps are applicable to perform Windows Server 2012/2016/2019/2020 file backup.

Step 1. Click the download button below to install AOMEI Backupp Server and launch it, then you will see its deep-blue screen. On the main page, click Backup > File Backup in order.

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File Backup

Step 2. Change the Task Name to clearly distinguish it from others. Then, click Add Folder or Add File to select files or folders on Windows Server.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Click where the arrow point, then you will see two options in the next window, namely, "This PC", "Share/NAS", click them and select your backup destination. But if you want to backup files to cloud drive, you need to click the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive.

Select Backup Destination

Step 4. Here you just need to check if everything is correct and click Start Backup. It will only include the items currently lying on your Windows Server. To make this task simple and effective, you need to make use of Backup Options, Backup Schedule or Backup Scheme.

✡ Backup Options: You can comment on this task, enable email notification to get result easily, compress backup image with normal or high compression level, encrypt backup image etc.
✡ Backup Schedule: You can backup files per day/week/monthly, or make use of incremental/differential backup to backup only changed files. 
✡ Backup Scheme: It supports 5 backup schemes, all of them make use of a rule to delete backup files. Please be sure it is in consistent with backup schedule. 

Start Backup


That's all the solutions to perform Windows Server file backup, you could use either of them. But if you want an easier way, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper Server. Thanks to its intuitive interface, so all users can understand it easily and quickly. And it's compatible with all the server system, from 2003 to 2020, so you can backup files regardless of your system. 

In addition, it still has many useful backup features, such as, daily backup, weekly backup, monthly backup, USB plug in, event triggers, normal or high compression level etc. In a simple word, it's one of the most powerful backup software to protect your data! Just download it to have a try now!