How to Create Centralized Backup in Windows Server 2008/2012/2016?

Posted by @Ivy

December 25, 2018

Do you want to create and manage backup tasks for multiple computers? Here, I will show you how to create centralized backup in Windows Server 2008 (R2)/2012 (R2)/2016.

Scenario

I am looking for a centralized backup software that allows me to setup backup of all the servers in my office from one central computer. All computers including the central computer will be operating Windows Server 2012. Any suggestions and opinions are welcome.

About centralized backup

Centralized backup allows you to collect data from remote computers and save it on the main (centralized) location. The process requires that all your computers (including management server and proxy server) are on the same network. It can help you save time and efforts. Also, it assists you in creating a flawless backup. 

Benefits of centralized backup

To those people or enterprises that have multiple computers, the best way to prevent data loss on remote computers is to create a centralized backup. Your computer can be server-based  or  Windows-based computers. Here're some crucial advantages and benefits you will enjoy.

1. Optimize overall backup strategy

Centralized backup allows the administrator to simultaneously execute backup strategy with multiple computers. And you do not need to create a backup one by one.

2. Solve security and hardware problem

A good centralized backup software reduces the cost and problems of hardware maintenance. Also, it provides greater protection for the backed information. And it can eliminate local backup inconveniencies, such as HDD/SSD overloading during backup.

3. Reduce learning time and a risk of data loss owing to operational error

If you are an experienced user with multiple computers, you can manage your backup well. However, it's a different story in the enterprise. In the enterprise, you need to teach people how to use backup software first if they are not familiar with it. And there is a risk of data loss owing to an operational error.

To reduce learning time and a risk of data loss, you are supposed to choose centralized backup software for your Windows Server. With it,  you can easily create and manage backup tasks for multiple computers over the network. What's more, one person can finish all the operations.

Centralized backup solution for Windows Server 2008/2012

In general, you will create Windows Server backup on a single Windows-server based computer. But what if you have multiple computers? Are you willing to create Windows Server backup one by one? 

The answer is definitely not. You are not willing to do the repetitive work. It's time-consuming. And there is a risk of data loss if you forget to create Windows Server backup. To fix this problem, you can use a proper software to create centralized backup. 

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is the proper centralized backup software for all PCs, servers, laptops and virtual machines within LAN. With the help of AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you can use your computer as a central server to start, schedule, stop and mirror remote backup jobs for all computers in the network. 

Centralized backup software for Windows

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is prime network backup software. It can help you to create and manage backup tasks for multiple remote computers simultaneously as well as save it to Share or NAS. Its main features are Computers Management, Request Control, System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition and Volume Backup, etc.

And the image files generated by AOMEI Centralized Backupper are completely compatible with a standalone version of AOMEI Backupper. You can restore your backup with the standalone version of AOMEI Backupper when needed.

It supports various Windows operating system, including Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016. Also, it supports various file systems like NTFS, FAT32, Ext2/3, etc.

How to create centralized backup in Windows Server 2008/2012?

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper.

Step 2. Click Computers > Uncontrolled Computers.Then, select computers you want to backup and click Request Control.

Request Control

Note: If you cannot see the client computer you want to backup under Uncontrolled Computers tab, you can click Install client program to install the standalone version of AOMEI Backupper for your new computer. After that, you can select the new computer and send the request to it. 

Step 3. Click New Task under the Tasks tab, and then choose a task. Here, you can choose System BackupDisk Backup, Partition Backup or File Backup.

Click New Task

Step 4. Specify a name for your backup.

Step 5. Navigate to Add Computers > Controlled Computersin "Step 1". Then, select all the computers you want to backup and click OK to finish Step 1.

Step 6. Click "Step 2" and then Add Storage. Input Share or NAS path and Display Name in the next window and click OK. At last, select the destination folder over the network to finish this step.

Step 7. Click Settings or Schedule to select whatever you need. At last, click Start Backup and choose Only create a task or Create and execute tasks.

System Backup

Notes:

1. About Settings, there are 5 choices including General, Compression, Splitting, Intelligent Sector, VSS.

2. About Schedule, there are 4 choices, including Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly. If you choose one of the settings, AOMEI Centralized Backupper will automatically backup data on the remote computers when your backup task reaches its point.

3. The image files generated by AOMEI Centralized Backupper can be compatible with all versions of AOMEI Backupper software. Thus, if you want to restore your image files, you can use AOMEI Backupper on the client computer to restore it. For Windows users, you can restore Windows client backup image via AOMEI Backupper Standard or Pro. 

Conclusion

To create a centralized backup for Windows Server, your best choice is AOMEI Centralized Backupper. With a few clicks, you can create and manage backup tasks for multiple remote computers simultaneously. What's more, one person can finish all the operations. To manage your backup task in a better way, it offers you Settings and Schedule. Backing up to Share or NAS also saves your local disk space.