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How to backup windows server data with Windows Server Backup?


Earlier, we have covered two options to backup your data, i.e., Duplicati and Veeam. Among the both, if you are looking for the most simplistic way to backup windows server data, you can consider Windows Server Backup, which is inbuilt in the Windows Servers. Let us explore how to backup windows server data with Windows Server Backup?

1. Login to Windows Server and open Windows Server Backup.

open windows server backup application

2. To create scheduled backupClick on Backup Schedule.

backup schedule to create windows backup

3. Getting Started interface will provide you with the steps you will need to perform in configuring the backup Click on Next.

getting started windows backup

4. Now, you need to decide whether you would like to back up the complete system or the custom selective files or directories; for this article, we will go with Custom, and you can go with the Full server option as well → Click on Next.

files or full backup windows

5. Select backup items, click on Add Items and select the files or directories to backup.

add backup items windows backup

6. Next, configure the backup scheduleClick on Next.

schedule for the windows backup

7. Select the Backup Destination from the following available options,

Backup to a hard disk, Backup to a volume, Backup to a shared network.

For this article, we are going with the Volume option, and later in this article, we will select the appropriate volume for the backup.

Destination for the backup windows

8. To select the VolumeClick on AddSelect the Volume/DriveClick on Next.

volume select the windows backup

9. Confirmation, at this step you will get the information about things which will get configured in the Windows Server Backup → Click on Finish.

confirmation of windows backup

10. Congraulations! You have sucessfully configured backup with Windows Server Backup.

How to backup windows server data with Windows Server Backup

If you can see a message something like “Windows Server Backup is not installed after open Windows Server Backup, you can perform the installation of Windows Server Backup using Server Manager → Add roles and features.


In the article, we went through how to backup windows server data with Windows Server Backup. This is the best approach if you want to save the backups in the network or local volumes.

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Updated on November 21, 2021
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