By Ivy / Last update October 26, 2021

The Need to Backup Server 2012 R2

Windows Server is widely used among small and medium business, Windows Server 2012 R2, for example, which can be used to operate the entire IT infrastructure from a single box. This is very useful for SMBs who don’t own an IT department or data center to work with and the business man can get most from their investment hardware.

And the server 2012 adds more new features, such as, work folders, which help user make corporate data be available. Besides, there are two main improvements. Compared with SMB3.0, SMB in Server 2012 R2 has been improved. Another improvement is that you can uninstall SMB 1.0, as long as you don’t have any legacy left.

Server 2012 R2

However, this server computer is not immune to system crashes, hard disk failure, virus attack etc, finally resulting in heavy data loss, including your personal data and the working documents, like customer's info and business profiles. Therefore, it's necessary to find the best Windows Server 2012 R2 backup software and use it to create a Windows Server image backup. Just like the case in the forum. 

“I currently have a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 and want to create a full backup every night or just do a full backup and then incremental backup with server’s backup software. Is it possible? If not, what is the best Windows Server backup software? Any kindly advice will be appreciated.”

The Best Backup Software for Windows Server 2012 R2 - AOMEI Backupper Sever

If you are familiar with Windows Server 2012 R2, you may know that there is a free backup software for server 2012, it's called Windows Server Backup. But you may be disppointed by Windows Server Backup limitations. For example, this software does not doing incremental backup sometimes.

Therefore, it's suggested to use Windows Server Backup alternatives, and AOMEI Backupper Server is one of the best backup software for Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, 2022 and all the previous versions. Also, it can be used on Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/Vista/XP. For IT technician, you could use AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.

Thanks to its intutive interface, everyone can protect data and system in simple steps with its complete backup solutions. And when something bad happens, you can get your data or computer back in a very short time by restoring the image to another drive.

  • System Backup: Backup partitions with Windows installed as well as other partitions required to boot Windows. 

  • Disk Backup: Backup hard drive with operating system or simple data.

  • Partition Backup: Back up these partitions where data is stored.

  • File Backup: Backup your important files that you will never want to lose.

In addition, it still supports auto backup in daily/weekly/monthly, event triggers, full/incremental/differential backup, backup scheme, compression, encryption, VSS technology etc. Then, keep reading below to create a system image for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Step by Step Guide: Backup Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Backup Software

Before backing up Server 2012 R2, you need to do some preparations:

  • First, if you want to perform Windows Server 2012 backup to external hard drive, please connect it ahead of time and be sure it can be detected. Otherwise you cannot use it as backup destination.

  • Second, download 30-day free trail windows server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server and install on your computer.

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Then, let's start to create a system image for Windows Server 2012 R2 with auto backup software for Windows Server 2012 R2 - AOMEI Backupper Server. Please follow the detailed steps below.

Step 1. Launch this software, and click Backup >System Backup in order. To backup disk, partition, or individual files, click “Disk Backup”, “Partition Backup”, “File Backup” as instead.

System Backup

Step 2. Click where the arrow point, and select a path to save backup image. It can be any detected storage, such as, internal disk, external drive, network drive, cloud storage or NAS device.

This software will automatically select the required partitions for a system backup, which can greatly avoid data loss or system failure because you forget to select the hidden boot-related partition(s) required to boot Windows, or you even don't know there are other partitions that need to be backed up.

Select Path

Step 3. Click "Options" to set customized backup settings. Click “Schedule” to auto backup server 2012 R2. Click "Scheme" to delete old backups to free up disk space. Finally, click "Start Backup" to perform the task.

Start Backup

About Options:

  • Email Notification: This feature is to inform you the final result of the backup task whether it's success or fail. And you can directly leave if there are an emergency.

  • Compression: “Normal” or “High” compression level is to compress server image backup to save backup time and disk space.. The higher compression level requires more backup time and occupies less space.

  • Encryption for backup: This feature helps when you want to avoid unwanted access from others. Just set a password to encrypt the image.General

About Schedule:

  • Daily/weekly/monthly schedule  bakcup: These backup settings help you backup your system regularly, including the latest upates, newly installed apps, modified files etc.

  • Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks: This feature helps you wake up your computer from sleep two minutes before the scheduled task start.  

  • Event triggers: To backup system without any interference, you could use "System Shutdown" in "Event Triggers" backup feature.

Schedule Settings General

About Scheme:

Incremental/differential backups: Both features can help you save backup time and disk space by backing up the changed files only.

Automatic Backup Cleanup: This feature is to delete backup files and avoid backup disk full when there is an increasing number of backups. It supports 3 cleanup methods, namely By quantityty, By time, By daily/weekly/monthly. 


Then, wait until the backup task completes, and see if the backup image is listed in the "Home" tab. All the success task will listed here. To restore the image, just select the image and the restore option to start. 

In addition, it's strongly recommended to create Windows Server 2012 R2 recovery disk in advance, so you can restore your server 2012 R2 even when it fails to boot. 

Written in the end

Windows Server Backup, known as free backup software for Windows Server 2012 R2, may disappoint you when you want to create an incremental backup. Sometimes, it creates a full backup as a replacement.

To avoid such restrictios and get more useful features, such as, differential backup, daily/weekly/monthly schedule backup, encryption, third party server backup software AOMEI Backupper Server will be a better choice. It provides full backup solutions to protect your server, including system backup, disk backup, partition backup and file backup. 

Can't afford data loss caused by any computer issues? Download the free trial to protect your server now! For unlimited servers and PCs, you need to use AOMEI Backupper Technician.