Backup and Restore with Wbadmin Command in Windows

Posted by @AOMEI

April 13, 2017

For Windows OS, data protection becomes critical because computer failure may cause data loss. But how to backup is a question. Wbadmin command line will help you.

General Introduction of Wbadmin

A few years ago, the NTbackup was used as embedded backup tool for the Windows operating system in some Windows Server versions. Among some versions, users can use the NTBackup.exe to control the backup process. But in Windows 2008, Wbadmin command line replaces the NTBackup.exe. Instead, Wbadmin command line is supported to run backup operation by Microsoft. Although the Wbadmin first appeared in Windows Server 2008, but in the Windows Server 2008 R2/2012, Windows Vista and Windows 7/8 it is available.

The Wbadmin is a backup command which supports to backup files, folders, partitions, system state and application procedures. Wbadmin is a backup system based on a disk. You can use Wbadmin command line to create a "bare metal" backup to restore OS to hardware. Also you can create a “bare mental” and “individual file, folder and system state restore”. Schedule backup and full backup are supported by Wbadmin command. Wbadmin command has the above functions, however, how to realize backup and restore? What command is supported in Server system?

What Command Can Be Supported for the Windows?

There are some Wbadmin commands as follows:

  • Wbadmin enable backup: set and enable a schedule backup.
  • Start backup: it refers to one-time backup.
  • Stop job: it stops the running backup and recovery.
  • Get versions: list some detailed information of backup that can be restored from the local computer. If you want to appoint other location, please restore from another computer.
  • Get items: list the items that the backup contain.
  • Start recovery: restore files, folders, volumes and applications. The command only applied in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
  • Start systemstate backup: run system state backup.

In fact, these commands are often used to backup and restore data. But how do you know the particular commands in various versions? Click “start” to input “cmd” and enter. There will be a command window, input “wbadmin /?” and then you can see what commands are support in the Windows. No matter which system, only administrator or a member of administrator group can run Wbadmin command line.

Wbadmin Command Prompt

In a word, Wbadmin command line can help users to backup and restore files, folders, system state and application by writing some commands. The way is a little troublesome and difficult for users. Besides, schedule backup can lead data overwritten. To ensure that the backup and recovery run smoothly, using a professional software - AOMEI Backupper Server to finish the operations is a good idea. It can help users to backup, restore, clone data and ensure data safety to let users be at ease. File/folder/system/disk and partition backup, schedule backup, incremental and differential backup are supported by AOMEI Backupper. While you backup data, you can add comments for images, encrypt, split images and email you to tell you a successful backup. Choosing a simple backup method, AOMEI Backupper Server is recommended.

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