How to Create Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 Client Backup?

Posted by @Ivy

December 25, 2018

Windows Server Essential Dashboard can create Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 client backup. But it’s complicated. Want an easier way? Go ahead and see this article.

Why create Windows Server client backup?

For Windows Server users, the majority of them may only have one computer. Thus, you just need to create Windows Server backup on a single computer. But if you have multiple computers, you will spend much time in creating backup.

To avoid this problem, you can create Windows Server client backup. Windows Server client backup can get you out of trouble and offer you benefits.

1. Save time and energy.

Compared with backing up computers one by one, backing up multiple computers simultaneously is much better. It will save much time and energy on creating backup for your computer.

2. Cut down administration cost.

In the enterprise, there is no need to teach employees how to use Windows Server backup software. This will increase administration costs.

To cut down administration cost, you just need to specify one experienced user. He can finish all the operation by himself.

3. Avoid errors in operation.

One person can finish all the backup operation. Thus, there is no need to ask an extra person to do the same thing. What’s more, there is a risk of errors in operation.

Windows Server Essential Dashboard vs AOMEI Centralized Backupper

To create Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 client backup, you have two choices: Windows Server Essential Dashboard and AOMEI Centralized Backupper. But, which one is the proper client backup software?

Windows Server Essential Dashboard is not installed on Windows Server 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. 

To backup client computer, all the client computers you want to backup must join the domain. If your client computer does not join the domain, you cannot create backup for your client computer.

Compared with Windows Server Essential Dashboard, AOMEI Centralized Backupper is much easier. As long as you have AOMEI Centralized Backupper installed on the central computer and the standalone version of AOMEI Backupper installed on the client computers, you can use the central computer to backup system, disks, partitions or files of all these client computers to a share or NAS. What’s more, you do not need to join the domain.

Thus, if you want an easier way, you can use AOMEI Centralized Backupper.

Create Windows Server client backup with AOMEI Centralized Backupper

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Centralized Backupper.

Step 2. Click Computers > Uncontrolled Computers. Then, select all or part computers 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 Tasks tab, and then choose a task. Here, let's take System Backup as an example.

Click New Task

Step 4. Specify a name for your backup.

Step 5. Click Add Computers > Controlled Computers in "Step 1". Then, select all the computers you want to backup.

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. If you want to distinguish your backup tasks in a better way, you can click Settings in the lower left corner and select General to comment on your backup. Also, you can set up other Backup Settings, like Compression, Splitting, VSS, etc.

Step 8. If you want to automatically backup your system, you can click Schedule, select computer, and then set up Schedule Setting for your backup.

Step 9. Click Start Backup and choose Only create a task or Create and execute tasks. Then, wait for the final result.

System Backup

Once you have a backup, you can restore your system image backup when something unexpected happens, like Virus, System Crash, etc.


If you create Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 client backup, you can benefit a lot, including saving time and energy, cutting down administration cost, avoiding errors in operation. To create Windows Server client backup, you have two choices. You can use Windows Server Essential Dashboard. Also, you can use AOMEI Centralized Backupper. 

However, Windows Server Essential Dashboard is complicated. Windows Server Essential Dashboard is not installed by default on Windows Server, so you need to manually install and configure it. What’s more, all your client computers must join the domain if you want to backup them.

If you want an easier way, you can choose AOMEI Centralized Backupper. You just need to install it on the central computer and the client program on the client computers. Then, you can use it to backup client computers' system, disk, partition or certain files.