The Best Windows Server 2008 Backup Software and Freeware

Posted by @AOMEI

July 15, 2015

Windows Server Backup is a free tool in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. However, it is not the best one. For safety of Windows Server 2008, you need to choose a third-paty backup software like AOMEI Backupper Server.

Why Backup Software is Essential to Windows Server 2008?

Data loss is a common problem among Windows Server users which can be easily caused by various of reasons, such as program and operating system crash, virus attack, hard disk collapse or human error. Since Server 2008 is more commonly used in enterprises, data loss may cause a great damage and loss to your company if there is no backup image files created in advance. You cannot neglect the importance of choosing a backup software for your server machine. If not, the direct and indirect loss will beyond your expectation, so take the advice and choose a Server 2008 backup software.

Windows Server 2008 Backup Freeware - Built-in Windows Server Backup

Windows OS has an advantage that its own backup software is free for users. Unlike Windows Server 2003 has NTbackup, Windows Server 2008 built-in backup tool is Windows Server Backup and it must be installed manually. Click Administrative -> Server Manager-> Features -> Add Features. You can choose Windows Server Backup Features and install it. So, you can use it to do the basic backup for Windows Server 2008 in free charge. However, things will not be running perfect. Windows Server Backup has many disadvantages:

  • You must be a member of Backup Operators group or Administrators group, so that you can use it.
  • You must prepare a separate and dedicated disk to running scheduled backups.
  • You can only backup NTFS-formatted volumes on the local disk.
  • You can not backup to tape.
  • You cannot use it to recover backups that created with Ntbackup.exe.

Apparently, the free Windows Server 2008 backup software - Windows Server Backup cannot solve some problem. Based on this case, we suggest you to employee a third-party backup software which can do backup for all versions of operating system. By comparison, AOMEI Backupper Server is an ideal one. It is compatible with almost all Windows operating system, such as Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 (including R2), Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC system. And the price is cost-effective.

Best Backup Software for Windows Server 2008 - AOMEI Backupper Server

As a Windows Server 2008 backup software, AOMEI Backupper Server offers a useful system backup function. The user interface is very simple and clear, even non-technical users can use it easily. But first, you need to know this software is not free, you need to pay for it. With the help of system backup, you can make a whole duplicate of your Server 2008 system partition. Once the backup image of your system has been completed, you can easily regain you previous normal OS condition by restoring the system backup image files if any unwanted accidents occur. Besides, you also can do file backup, disk backup, partition backup, even file sync.

Windows Server 2008 Backup Software

You also can create a schedule to automatically backup data with daily, weekly, monthly.

Schedule Backup

If you don't want to protect your Windows Server 2008 by creating a backup image file, the clone function is an alternative choice.


There are also several utilities for better backup and recovery management. For example, if you server machine cannot boot up, you can create a bootable media to start up to restore.


Apart from the functions mentioned above, AOMEI Backupper Server also allows users to compress, encrypt, merge backup images and perfrom dissimilar hardware restore, etc. Having said all this, it’s obvious that AOMEI Backupper Server is the best backup software for Windows Server 2008, which is better than free Windows Server Backup.