How to Create and Manage Client Computer Backups?

Posted by @Ivy

December 25, 2018

Are you looking for a way to create and manage client computer backups from one central computer? Go ahead and see this article. Learn how to create and manage Windows Server 2012 client backup.

About client computer

Client computers are user's computer. And those computers running a client program interacts with another computer running a server program in form of client-server relationship. For example, users can use it to browse the internet or send an email.

How to backup client computer in domain?

To backup client computer in domain, you need to install Windows Server Essentials Dashboard first. Then, connect all client computers to Windows Server Essentials Domain. At last, Open Windows Server Essential Dashboard and backup the client computers.

Install the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Windows Server Essential Dashboard is not installed on Windows Server 2012 by default. Thus, you need to manually install it. To use Windows Server Essential Dashboard, you need to install Windows Server Essential Experience Roles and configure Windows Server Essential. If you just add Windows Essential Experience roles, you cannot open Windows Server Essential Dashboard.

Install Windows Server Essentials Experience Roles

Step 1. Launch Server Manager and click Add Roles and Features

Add Roles Features

Step 2. Click Next

Before

Step 3. Select Installation Type

Step 4. Select server

Step 5. Select Server RolesWindows Server Essentials Experience, then add features that are required for Windows Server Essentials Experience.

Step 6. Follow the prompt until the last step and click Install

Configure Windows Server Essentials

Step 1. Launch Server Manager, then click the flag and Configure Windows Server Essentials subsequently

Step 2. Click Next until you reach a window called Create a network administrator account. Type Administrator account name and password. At last, click Configure and wait for the final result.

Configure

Connect computers to Windows Server Essentials Domain

When you connect a computer to a server, you need to ensure that your client computer has a valid connection to the Internet.

To connect all client computers to your server, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Log on to the computer that you want to connect to the server.

Step 2. Open an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer.

Step 3. Type http://<servername>/connect or http://<domainname>/connect in the address bar and then press Enter.

Step 4. Click Download software for Windows in the Connect your computer to the server page.

Step 5. Run the application (known as the Connector) and follow its prompts to join the client to the domain

Detailed steps to backup client computers in domain

Step 1. Launch Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Step 2. Click DEVICES

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

Step 3. Click Client computer backup tasks under Computers tasks tab

Client Computer Backup Tasks

Step 4. Set up your own client computer backup schedule and client computer backup retention policy. After that, click Apply

Client Computer Backups

This way can help you to backup client computer in domain. However, the process is very complicated if you are not familiar with Windows Server Essential.

To create centralized client computer backup in Windows Server 2012, you must install Windows Server Essential Experience role and configure Windows Server Essential first. Only in this way, you can open Windows Server Essential Dashboard and use it. Then, you still need to connect all your client computers to the Windows Server Essential Domain before creating backups for client computers.

Easier way to create and manage centralized backup for client computer

Centralized backup software for client computer

To create and manage centralized backup for the client computer, you need a centralized backup software. A proper software can make everything become easy. I recommend you AOMEI Centralized Backupper (also called ACB).

With the help of AOMEI Centralized Backupper, you only need to Install ACB and standalone version of AOMEI Backupper on your computer. Then, follow the detailed steps to create backup for your client computer. Just a few clicks, you can finish the backup tasks. And you do not need to join the domain.

AOMEI Centralized Backupper is a network backup software. It can help you to create and manage backup tasks on multiple remote computers from one central management console. With it, you can create System Backup, File 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.

Detailed steps to create and manage client backup for Windows Server 2012

Step 1. Download AOMEI Centralized Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2. Send a request to your client computers.You can click Computers > Not Control Computer, then select all or part computers and click Request Control

Uncontrolled Computers

Tip: You still can click Install client program to install the standalone version of AOMEI Backupper. After that, you can see the new computer under Not Control Computer, then select it and click Request Control to connect the computer. 

Step 3. Set up a backup task. You can click New Task under the Tasks tab, then choose System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup according to your needs.

New Task

Step 4. Specify a name for your backup

Specify Name

Step 5.Select Computers you want to backup. You can navigate to Add Computer> Controlled Computer, then select all the computers you want to backup and click OK to finish Step 1.

Step 6. Add storage for your backup. You can click Step 2 and Add Storage, then input Display Name and Share or NAS path in the next window. At last, click OK to finish this step.

Step 7. Click Setting orSchedule in the lower left corner, then choose whatever you like. 

Step 8. Click Start Backup, then choose Only create a task or Create and execute tasksto start the operation.

Note:

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

Conclusion

To create and manage client computer backups, you can use Windows Server Essential Dashboard. However, you need to join the domain. It makes things become complicated.

Don't worry about it. Here's an easier way. You can download ACB to create and manage centralized backups for client computers. With it, you do not need to join the domain. Just a few clicks, you can finish the backup tasks on multiple remote computers. To manage your backups in a better way, it offers two features,including Setting and Schedule. To save your local disk space and protect the security of your data, you can choose to backup to Share or NAS.