Alternative Way to Create Restore Point in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Posted by @Ivy

October 9, 2017

A restore point can undo the harmful changes or restore your computer to a previous date. And It's only available on Windows 7/8/10. What if you use Windows Server?

Can you create restore point in Windows Server 2008 (R2)?

In Windows 7/8/10, you can create a restore point and use it to undo changes you made or just restore your computer to previous date. However, you cannot find a tool to create a system restore point in Windows Server operating system, including Windows Server 2008 (R2), Windows Server 2012 (R2), Windows Server 2016. So, here comes a question: how to enable system restore in windows 2008 (R2) server.

System restore point is actually an image backup in your computer. Thus, even if there's no way to create system restore point for Windows Server 2008(R2), you still can create a system state backup to replace it.  Whatever Windows Server operating system, you can use Windows Server Backup or command line to create a system state backup, then restore it when needed.

Alternative to system restore point

System restore point is very useful, but it's only available on Windows 7/8/10. So you need another way to replace a system restore point.

In Windows Server operating system, there's a similar feature called System State Backup. You can use it to replace system restore point. And it is an image backup only available to Windows Server operating system. It is a copy of all related information of your operating system and configurations. According to Microsoft, a System State backup includes the following:

  • Boot files, including the system files, and all files protected by Windows File Protection (WFP)
  • Active Directory (on a domain controller only)
  • Sysvol (on a domain controller only)
  • Certificate Services (on certification authority only)
  • Cluster database (on a cluster node only)
  • The registry
  • Performance counter configuration information
  • Component Services Class registration database

Alternative way to create restore point in Windows Server 2008(R2)?

Similar to system restore point, system state backup still can restore your Windows system settings in the event of a system failure or corruption. Thus, you do not need to reconfigure Windows back to its original state or factory reset.

Let's see the detailed steps.

Create system state backup via command line

Learn the alternative way to create Windows Server 2008 (R2) restore point via command line, you follow the specific steps below.

Step 1: Click Start Menu and type CMD in the search box, then run command prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Type a command based on the following syntax and press Enter to execute system state backup.

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:X: -quiet

X: refers to the drive letter of the partition you want to save your backup

-quiet parameter can undo the prompt before you start backup. That's to say, if you do not type-quiet parameter, you will receive a prompt “Do you want to start the backup operation?” and you need to type Y to ensure you want to perform this operation. If you do not want to receive this prompt, remember to add –quiet parameter at the end of command.

Systemstatebackup

This method is very easy and useful, especially when you are familiar with these parameters in command prompt. But if you are not familiar with it, you will think it's very complicated. If so, you can try the second one.

Create system state backup via Windows Server Backup

Aside by command line, Windows Server still give you another choice. You can use Windows Server Backup. It's a fantastic built-in tool in Windows Server operating system. With it, you can learn another alternative way to create restore point for Windows Server 2008 (R2). However, before you start, you need to install Windows Server Backup first. It's not installed by default. Thus, you need to manually install it. After you install Windows Server Backup, see following steps:

Step 1: Click Start>Administrative Tools>Windows Server Backup subsequently, then enter the main page of it and select Backup Once Wizard. If you want to create system state backup regularly, you can choose Backup Schedule Wizard.

Windows Server Backup

Step 2: If you have already made a schedule backup, you can choose the first one. If not, you are supposed to choose Different options and click next.

Select Backup Options

Step 3: Choose Full server option in this window. It contains all your server data, applications, and system state. It can not only be regarded as a full backup but also system state backup. You can use it to do full system recovery together with system state recovery.

Step 4: Specify your destination path to save your backup. You can choose any local drive recognized by your computer or save to a remote shared folder.

Step 5: Click the drop-down list and choose the drive you want to save your backup.

Step 6: Specify advanced option as you wish.

Step 7: Confirm all the option and click Backup

If you are not familiar with parameters in command prompt, this way will be a great way for you. Unfortunately, Windows Server Backup only backup local NTFS volume. Aside by that, a system state backup is not enough to protect your computer. It can only work out small failure of your computer. However, what  if your computer is in the event of serious problem like boot failure?

If you are in the event of boot failure, all you need is a full backup instead of system state backup.  Thus, you'd better create a full backup via a profesional backup software like AOMEI Backupper. It can satisfy all your needs whether backup any other file system or enjoy more advanced features. To file system, this software support NTFS, FAT32, EXT3, EXT4, etc. To more advanced features, you can enjoy all kinds of backup, such as Partition Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, etc. Aside by Backup, it still provides Clone and Restore feature.

Create full backup via AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional software which can solve many computer problems concerned to server operating system. You can use it to create a full backup in case of unexpected failure. If something unexpected happen, it can help you protect the security of your computer.  

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it.

Step 2: Open Windows Server Backup software, enter the main page of it and click Backup>System Backup subsequently

System Backup

Step 3: Click Step 2 to choose the destination path you want to save your backup. And if you want to configure any other advanced option, you can choose Backup Options, Schedule, Scheme option as shown below. Then, confirm all options you choose and click Start Backup.

Select Destination Path

Schedule

Conclusion

In Windows Server 2008 (R2), you cannot directly create restore point. However, there is a similar feature named System State Backup in Windows Server. With this feature, you do not need to worry about how to create a system restore point in Windows Server 2008(R2). You can directly create a system state backup in Windows Server to replace the restore point in Windows 7/8/10. But it's far from enough to protect your computer. Thus, aside by system state backup, you still need a full backup.