Why need to backup Windows Server 2003 operating system?
Almost all data and files of your Windows Server 2003 operating system can’t be reproduced without a backup of them, so if you don’t want to lose any precious memory or vital information, you’d better make a backup. Once you have a backup of your OS, you have a backup of all the information related to the operating system including the files you see on the Windows folder and many programs, boot sectors, and other hidden files. In this way, you can get your computer back to the previous state without reinstallation, so as to easily solve many problems, such as, failing to upgrade an operating system, or having problems developed by the hard drive.Therefore, backup your Windows Server 2003 operating system (or create a system image backup Windows Server 2003) is useful, and a professional software is a good helper to do that, here we recommend AOMEI Backupper.
Full backup of Windows Server 2003 operating system
To create a complete Windows Server 2003 OS backup, you must back up both the System State data and the operating system files which include the boot partition and the system partition. Therefore, a complete backup of the server OS refers to a Windows backup set, which includes the system state data, the boot partition (The partition from which your computer starts) and the system partition. (The partition where your Windows Server 2003 operating system is installed.) Here, one more thing you should notice is that you cannot back up individual components of the system state data, because of the dependency among them. You see, to completely backup Windows Server 2003 OS seems like a complicated operation, however, you can easily solve the problem by using a Windows Server 2003 backup software, such as AOMEI Backup server.
How to backup Windows Server 2003 OS?
AOMEI Backup Server is a convenient Windows Server 2003 backup software, actually, it supports all server editions of Windows (for example, the operation to backup Windows Server 2011 operating system is same in Windows Server 2003) and can help you not only when you need backup but restore and clone.
Step 1: Install and download AOMEI Backupper server. Select “System Backup” under “Backup” tab.
Step 2: The "Task Name" can be set based on personal needs, and the name is helpful for you to distinguish it from other images. The system drives have been set as source partitions by default in “Step1”. Then, select a destination path to save the image file, and then click "Start Backup" to backup Windows Server 2003.
Notes: "Backup Options" (optional) can be set based on your own needs. It includes the functions of adding comments, compressing, encryption and splitting image file etc.
Step 3: Click "Finish" option to exit.
When you finish Windows Server 2003 backup with AOMEI Backupper server, there is no need for you to select the files you need backup, as all of them are selected by default. In this way, you can easily achieve the job, so as restore or clone.