Create A System Image Backup for Windows Server 2008

Posted by @AOMEI

February 23, 2016

Learn how to create a system image backup for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with AOMEI Backupper Server.

Why is system backup necessary?

I have seen several of my friends who have once suffered from data loss including photos, videos, games and even important documents due to unknown reasons. Similarly, a system crash is also a kind of data loss, only much worse and harder to handle. It is a situation where you are not even able to boot your computer, not to mention fixing the error. Besides, as time goes, your hard drive may suddenly fail to work, leaving you helpless even with another new hard drive at hand for there is no way for you to save your system on the broken one. However, system backup is not just about copying your videos and music and storing them on other storage devices, for some boot like cannot be put to use through simple copying and pasting. For common users, a third-party software called AOMEI Backupper Server can make it much easier to create a system image to backup their Windows Server 2008 in case of any accidents. It is not only capable of backup, it is also easy to operate.

How to create a system image for backup?

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. In the main interface, choose Backup column, then click System Backup on the top to backup your Win Server.

Select Backup.gif

Step 2: In the coming window, choose a location as the destination of the backup file. Note that you don’t have to choose your system and boot files for the Backupper itself will automatically detect and select them for you.

Note: 1. You can do some detailed settings in Backup Options, such as the encryption and compression level.

2. Schedule allows you to set scheduled backup task, which will be done automatically at the time you set to keep an image of your latest system status.

3. Scheme provides you with several ways of backup to choose from, some of which will reduce the time and space spent. If you have any problem understanding them, please refer to here.

Select Destination Location

Step 3: Click Start Backup to commence the task. The time differs depending on the device and the size of the system files. You can also let the program shut down or restart the PC for you automatically.

On Completion Settings

After the backup is done, you can check the image file in the Home column. Upon clicking Restore, the program will automatically detect which type the chosen image file is and determine a proper way to restore it.

Image File

This is how to create a system image to backup Windows Server 2008. You can use the backed up image to restore your Win Server on any disk, but if you are planning to migrate the system to another hard drive in the first place, you may find Clone function even more useful and convenient.