The Solution to Backup Windows Server 2011 Operating System

Posted by @AOMEI

July 11, 2016

To backup Windows Server 2011 operation system (OS) is useful to help you solve most problems of the server machine. To do so, you’d better choose AOMEI Backupper rather the Windows Backup Wizard.

Whats a complete Windows Server 2011 operating system backup?

A complete backup of Windows Server 2011 includes the system state data, the boot partition (The partition from which your computer start) and the system partition (The partition where your Windows Server 2011 installed), which is a Windows backup set.

When you do Windows Server 2011 backup, you should include all three parts of the Windows backup set, because without any one of the them, your backup is useless. In addition, the dependency among the system state data requires you not backup individual component of them.

Whats the difficulties to backup with Windows Backup Wizard?

When you use Windows Backup Wizard, except you may miss something important by recognizing them among numerous information, you will meet many restrictions of the backup utility. For example:

  • If you’re running Windows Home Server 2011, you can only backup data that is 2TB or less in size and it will only recognize disk partition of 2TB or less. Besides, if your hard disk is configured to use the GUID partition table (GPT ) format, you cannot back up or restore data from the operating system at all.
  • If your operating system is Windows Small Business Server 2011, you can only backup data from a local drive that is formatted as NTFS file system. And the system state backup is not exposed in the GUI interface of backup, which make the backup job more difficult.

So to backup Windows Server 2011 operating system successfully, we recommend you AOMEI Backupper Server which will pack all the data needed for your Windows Server 2011 and help you accomplish server 2011 backup within a few steps.

How to easily accomplish with AOMEI Backupper Server?

AOMEI Backupper Server help you make a Windows backup set first, so you don’t need to worry missing. In addition there is not any restriction of AOMEI Backupper Server, within a few steps you will achieve the backup task.

Step 1: Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Select “System Backup” under “Backup” tab.

System Backup

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 begin the operation.

Select Location

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.

Progress

In addition, the operation of system backup will not interrupt your work, so you can do system backup while working and the time for system backup is determined by the amount of the valid data. AOMEI Backupper Server can also support to backup Windows Server 2003 OS.