Do Incremental and Differential Backup for Windows Server 2011

Posted by @Cherry

March 4, 2016

How to do incremental and differential backup for Windows Server 2011? The AOMEI Backupper Server can help you do it perfectly with simple clicks.

Backup Windows server 2011

Windows Server 2011 is a popular Windows operating system among users. As the danger of data damage, like system crash, computer dead, virus attack, unexpected human operation and so on, the best way to reduce the damage is to make a backup image for Windows server 2011.

Speaking of backup, you may be annoyed that each time you backup, you need backup the whole files in the folder, thus, there must be many duplication files. Then, you may ask is there any other way to backup the new files without backing up the same files?

Backup types

Actually, there are three types of backup: full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup. When you do backup for Windows Server 2011 with Windows Server Backup, you are doing a full backup. Let’s see the difference of the three different backup types.

  • Full backup, which will backup all the files on your partition. It will take a lot of time and more storage place. It is usually used in the first backing up time.
  • Incremental backup, which backs up files based the first full backup. It will only back up the new increased, decreased, and other changed files. But once you delete the former backup files, the latter will be deleted too. If you incremental backup the file 2, file 3 based on file 1, you delete the file 2, the file 3 will be deleted too.
  • Differential backup, which backs up files based on the last full backup. It will also only back up the new added files related to the last full backup. Different with incremental backup, all the backup files are independent, which means you can delete the former file without effecting on the later files.

Comparing with those backup types, the incremental and differential backup may save a lot of backup time and storage space. Thus, many users want to do an incremental backup and differential backup for their Windows Server 2011.

How to do incremental and differential backup for Windows Server 2011?

Windows Server 2011 built-in tool Windows Server Backup has two methods for backing up: “Backup Schedule...” and “Backup Once...” however, you can only make a full backup with Windows Server Backup.

Windows Server Backup

To make incremental backup or differential backup, here we highly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Server, which you can do incremental and differential backup Windows Server 2011 (both Home and small business Edition). You can follow the guide step by step below:

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. You can do incremental backup and differential backup for Windows Server 2011 during backing up time. Select System Backup at the Backup tab.

System Backup

Step2. The System Backup will select the files on system partition as the source files in default. So, here you only need select the destination place by clicking “Step2”. You can choose a local other partition, an external hard drive, or share it on NAS (network attach storage). Here we store the system image to D:\ drive.

Backup System

Step3. To do incremental and differential backup for Windows Server 2011, here you need click “Schedule” option at the bottom of the System Backup page. There are two tab for you: General andAdvanced. You can set up an automatic system backup for Server at the General tab. While you can set up full backup, incremental and differential backup at the Advanced tab. Click the Advanced tab, you will see the three options. You can select to do an incremental backup or differential backup by ticking the options before them. Click OK to back to the System Backup page and clickStart Backup.

Backup Type

Step4. After the progress done, click Finish to exit.

If you have already backup your Windows Server 2011, you can set up to do incremental and differential backup at the Home tab. Click Backup under the backup task, you will see the three types of full backup, incremental backup, differential backup on the drop down menu, select the one according to your requirements.

Home Tab

In one word, with the AOMEI Backupper Server, you can do incremental backup and differential backup for Windows Server 2011 with a few simple clicks. Besides, it provides you do many things for Windows Server OSes, like cloning hard drive, creating bootable media, etc.