How to Do Windows Server 2012 Differential Backup?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

This article talks about how to do Windows Server 2012 differential backup. Since it is a common thing for server to run into a crash, backup data seems more and more crucial day by day, and differential backup is an easy way to solve this problem.

Introduction to differential backup

Differential backup is a type of backup that copies all the data that's been changed since the last full backup. The size of a differential backup grows throughout the week and becomes progressively larger until the next full backup. A full restore from this type of backup only requires the last full backup and the last differential backup.

The reason to do differential backup

Compared with incremental backup and full backup, differential backup skillfully avoids their disadvantages, while is provided with their superiority. Differential backup takes up less space than full backup does and is easier to restore data than incremental backup does. So, constantly differential backup can effectively reduce the risk of data lose and save much space and time.

Why need to backup Windows Server 2012?

When working with computers, it's all too easy to forget about backing up your work. There are hundreds of ways leading to data lose such as power surges, data corruption, accidental deletion. The list is endless. So, back up routines are important for everyone. There are many ways to do backups and among them differential backup seems most breezy.

Do Differential Backup with AOMEI Backupper Server Edition

AOMEI Backupper provides users with several kinds of editions to satisfy their various needs. It offers basic functions such as files backup, system backup, disk backup and partition backup, and also comes with other specified features. With this software, users will find backup much easier.

Download AOMEI Backupper Server edition, install and run it.

Step 1: Firstly, to start a differential backup, you have to do a full backup. Click Home -> Backup to choose what you want to backup. Here take "System Backup" for example.

System Backup

Step 2: When the system backup finishes, the interface will return to the main interface. You will find backup task there. Pull-down Backup and choose Differential Backup. In fact, do differential backup immediately after full backup, there is no change in backup. Here just present the steps.

Choose Differential Backup

Step 3: Now, start differential backup and wait for the success.

Finish Differential Backup

In a sum, it is breezy to do differential backup to avoid data lose. And it is more succinct to do backup with AOMEI Backupper.