How to Schedule Automatic Backup in Windows Server 2016?

July 10, 2019

To create a schedule to backup Windows Server 2016 automatically could save a lot of troubles that you don't need to worry about forgetting backup sometimes. Here you can find how to make it.

Windows Server 2016 Backup

Windows Server 2016 users know that backup Windows Server 2016 can prevent many disasters. For example, system crash, which can bring a large damage for you, even the whole company. So, you should know that it is necessary to backup Windows in time to prevent from the next accident. However, backup day by day is a very tedious thing, and you may forget to do it some time. What if some bad things happen during the time you forgot backing up? The important data may be lost therefore. Thus, you may ask whether there is a way to backup Windows Server 2016 automatically?

Create a schedule to backup Windows Server 2016

Fortunately, you can make a schedule backup of Windows Server 2016. Windows Server has built in backup tool called Windows Server Backup. Although sometimes you may meet the Windows Server backup schedule not running problem, it’s still a method worth to have a try. Before using it, you can check whether it is installed. if not, you need to install it before.

After installing Windows Server Backup, you can open it by clicking the Start menu, select Server Manager, click Windows Server Backup at the bottom of Tools, then, you can see Local Backup at the right side. There are two backup types, “Backup Schedule...” and “Backup Once...”.

Select Backup Type

To make an automatic schedule backup for Windows Server 2016, select the “Backup Schedule...” to launch the Backup Schedule Wizard. Click Next to getting start. Then, you can choose to back up all the server data, applications and system state by Full server, or only custom volumes, files for backup by Custom. Here we recommend Full server. Click Next.

Select Backup Configuration

Then, you can set the backup time as you want in Specify Backup Time. Here you can set once a day or more than once a day.

Specify Backup Time

Then, you should choose a destination. You can schedule backup Windows Server 2016 to a hard disk, or a volume, even network. If you have more than one disk on your computer, you can select to back up to the other local disk and click Next.

Select Destination Disk

You will move to the Confirmation step, you can see and confirm the operations here, if there is no problem, click Finish to submit.


Finally, you can check the automatic schedule backup for Windows Server 2016 at the Summary. You may feel that using Windows Server Backup will take a lot of steps, which is so complex, and you may find that there are many limits of the schedule backup. For example, you can only perform a daily backup or more frequent backups. If you want to create less frequent schedule backups for some personal reasons, Windows Server Backup could be helpless. To get more flexible way for automatic schedule Windows Server 2016 backup, you can take a software like AOMEI Backupper Server.

Automatic schedule backup for Windows Server 2016 with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a backup and restore software designed for Windows operating system including Windows Server 2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2). It is powerful that can not only do just simple backup. It also supports schedule full, incremental/differential backup with daily, weekly, monthly or when special event triggers. It also allows you to create multiple scheduled backups if you want to. But, how to make an automatic schedule backup for Windows Server 2016 with AOMEI Backupper?

Comparing with Windows Server Backup, AOMEI Backupper has many advantages, especially in the operation steps. It can only make it with a few steps like following chapter.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. It will show you the simple GUI. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.

System Backup

Step2. The System Backup will select all the source part by default, so here you need to select the destination place here. You can back them up to another local disk or volume, or backup to network drive/NAS. But be sure the disk or volume you use is to be formatted as the NTFS.

Select Backup Destination

Tips: To make an automatic schedule backup for Windows Server 2016, here you can click Schedule at the bottom of this page to set before clicking Start Backup.

Step3. After choosing the destination place, click Schedule. It will pop out a window where you can set schedule backup. You can see there are two tabs for you. The General tab is for you to set the automatic schedule time for daily, weekly, monthly or event triggers, and you can select the o’clock to start. The Advanced tab is for you to set the backup type you need for full, incremental or differential backup.

Schedule Settings General

After all the settings, click OK to back, and click Start Backup to start the progress.

Using AOMEI Backupper to backup Windows Server automatically is simpler and easier comparing with Windows Server Backup. You can do less frequently backup according to your requirements. Besides, you don’t need to worry about the safety of the data. What’s more, this software has many other features like PXE Boot Tool, which supports synchronous boot of multiple computers, and many more.

If you want to protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.