Solve: Windows Server 2012 Cannot Backup to NAS

Posted by @Cherry

May 14, 2018

Have you ever meet the problem that Windows Server 2012 cannot backup to NAS? If you meet this kind of problem, you can use the software AOMEI Backupper Server to solve it.

Scenario:Windowsserver 2012backup to NAS failing

“I’m regretting that I have meet the problem Server 2012 cannot backup to NAS. I use Windows Server 2012 (r2) and I was trying to backup it to an NAS. However, it is failing to the NAS.  I tried to schedule backup Bare metal recovery, System state, System reserved, and Local disc (C:) and the advanced option is VSS Full Backup. The destination is the NAS which is a remote shared folder. However, I received those warning while backing up:

● There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set

● Detailed error: The process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file.

I just want to schedule a full backup of the Windows 2012 r2 server to the NAS. How can I make it?”

Is Windows Server backup on NAS possible?

Windows Server 2012 backup to NAS fails doesn’t mean the server 2012 (R2) cannot backup to NAS. It is possible to backup Windows Server to NAS and you can do it simply as only as you find the right way.

How to backup Windows Server 2012 to NAS?

As you can see the user’s problem server 2012 backup to NAS fails with the Windows built-in tool. Well, how to backup Window Server 2012 to NAS? For Windows Server backup to NAS, here we highly recommend you a software AOMEI Backupper Server, which can help you backup Server to NAS. If you want to backup Bare metal recovery, System state, System reserved, and Local disc (C:) and the advanced option is VSS Full Backup, you can follow the steps below:

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. To backup system to NAS, click Backup-> System Backup.

System Backup

Step2. System Backup will select the system relative files and program in default. So, here you just need click “Step2” to select the destination storage device. To backup Server to NAS, here you need choose Share/NAS at the left side.

Select NAS

Step3. Then, you will get into Share/NAS Management, click “Add Share or NAS device”. Here, you need input the name of your NAS device or the IP address, click OK.

Set NAS Device

Step4. After you enter the IP, all the folders will be listed here. Select one to be your destination place, and click OK.

Select Folder

Step5.You will back to the System Backup window, click Start Backup to launch the progress.

Start Backup


● To keep the data safe, you can encrypt for your backup by opening Backup Options. It has many other utilities for your backup, for example, set up Windows Server backup email notification.

● Before clicking Start Backup, you can click Schedule to set up an automatic backup to NAS. If you forget to backup when you changed data, you won’t miss the backup yet.

● AOMEI Backupper Server enables disk space management, click Scheme to set up.

When your Server 2012 cannot backup to NAS, you can try to use AOMEI Backupper Server to do it. It can backup Windows Server to NAS more flexible. Besides, it has many other functions to secure your data. AOMEI Backupper Server supports all the Windows operating systems.