How to Do Differential Backup in Windows Server 2008?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

In order to save more backup time and storage space, it’s important to learn how to differential backup Windows Server 2008. Just because of this, we collected some information about how to differential backup under Windows Server 2008. Hope it works.

Definition of Differential Backup

Differential backup Windows Server 2008 is similar to incremental backup Windows Server 2008, both of them would only backup the changed and newly added data, the only difference between them is that incremental backup only backup the changed and newly added data since last backup while Differential backup only backup the modified and newly added data since last full backup.

You may need a full backup and a newest differential backup before you can restore your differential backup. The size of differential backup is based on the size of the changed and newly added data since last full backup. If you need to do several differential backup for Windows Server 2008, the wise move to avoid backup image increasing gradually is to create a new full backup at intervals. This would not only reduce the size of differential backup but also lessen the backup and restore time for you.

Do differential backup with Windows Server Backup program

Windows Server Backup is a backup and recovery program provided by Windows Server 2008. It is an advanced feature upgraded from Windows Server 2003’s Windows Backup feature (Ntbackup.exe). Besides backup and recovery, Windows Server Backup also offer the differential backup Windows Server 2008 function, but you must install the Windows Server Backup, Windows Power Shell items and Command-line Tools before you could access backup and recovery tools.

Differential backup software: AOMEI Backupper

Owing to the limited function and tedious install process, Windows Server Backup failed to make itself a perfect backup program, to say nothing of differential backup Windows Server 2008; fortunately, there are too many other options for this task, for instance, third-party software. Considering the stability and applicability, we would like to recommend you to use AOMEI Backupper.

AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a professional backup software which specialized in Backup, Restore and Clone features. For Windows Server 2008 users, AOMEI Backupper provides an elaborate differentia backup feature. This feature works much faster and also more effective than Windows Server Backup, moreover, an enhanced schedule backup feature has also been attached to it. More detailed tutorial please click here.