The meaning of disk imaging
Disk images are backup files of partitions or volumes, or the whole data storage device like hard drive disk (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) or USB flash drive, etc. Computer users always create disk images by cloning disk so that they can get a file system replicated all the contents and structure of the disk.
Disk images are meaningful for users. No matter Windows PC or Windows Server users, the disk image can protect its data safe from the system crashes, computer crashes, or other accidents. You can even restore the system and data with the disk image files.
The disk images are especially important for Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 is the latest Windows Server operating system, and many companies have already upgraded their system to Windows Server 2016. However, many software cannot support this new OS, so they are getting into a big embarrassment of how to create a disk image in Windows Server 2016? How to do backup and restore and clone without losing data?
Disk imaging software for Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 has a backup tool called Windows Server Backup. It allows you to do a local backup for your data. But it isn’t installed in default. You need to install it before using. Then, you can set up a backup task as the following steps.
1. click Start menu, select Server Manager, then, click Windows Server Backup at the bottom of Tools.
2. choose “Backup schedule...”, or “Backup Once...” at the Actions pane according to your requirements
3. Follow the wizard to back up step by step.
However, using Windows Server Backup to create disk image in Windows Server 2016 will take a lot of time and occupy a lot of storage space. Fortunately, here is another disk imaging software which could help you create disk backup image very easily - the AOMEI Backupper Server, which is designed specific for Windows Server systems. It is powerful far beyond creating a disk image. You can use AOMEI Backupper Server to create disk backup image for Windows Server 2016, and you can use it to restore the whole disk with the disk image. Besides, you can use this disk imaging software to create a bootable disc, backup system, backup single file, and set an automatically incremental/differential backup, and so on.
How to use this disk imaging software?
The AOMEI Backupper has an easy-to-use interface. You can use it to create disk image with simple few clicks. For example, to create disk imaging, you need to install the software first.
Step1. When you launched the software, you can see its deep-blue interface. Click the Disk Backup under the Backup tab.
Step2. Choose the disk that you want to create an imaging for it as the source disk by clicking the “step1”. Then, select another place as the destination disk to store the disk imaging files by clicking “step2’: a local other disk, an external hard drive, you can even back them up to network.
Step3. Confirm the operations. If there is no problem, click Start Backup, it will start creating a disk imaging for you. Just wait till the progress ends.
You can also setup compression by Backup Options if you want to save more storage space.
You can setup a schedule automatic backup in Windows Server 2016 with daily, weekly, mothly, or event triggers in Schedule. It also allows you to edit a full backup or incremental or differential backup in Windows Server 2016.
All the operations are very simple and easy. The most important thing is that the best disk imaging software AOMEI Backupper Server supports Windows Server 2012 (R2), Windows Server 2008 (R2), Windows Server 2003 and almost all the Windows operating system. It has been regarded as the best choice in disk image of Window Server systems.