Create System State Backup for Windows Server 2012

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

What is system state and how to create a system state backup of Windows 2012? This is a question that may trouble users. In fact, this is not a complex thing to understand. With the help of AOMEI Backupper Server Edition, all things can be solved simply by underatanding the point of view of another.

What is system state?

System state data is composed of the following files:

  • Boot files, including the system files, and all files protected by Windows File Protection (WFP).
  • Active Directory (on a domain controller only).
  • Sysvol (on a domain controller only).
  • Certificate Services (on certification authority only).
  • Cluster database (on a cluster node only).
  • The registry.
  • Performances counter configuration information.
  • Component Services Class registration database.

The system state data can be backed up in any order. Restoration of the system state replaces boot files first and commits the system hive of the registry as a final step in the process.

System state backup and restore operations include all system state data: you cannot choose to backup or restore individual components due to dependencies among the system state components. However, you can restore system state data to an alternate location in which only the registry files, Sysvol directory files, and system boot files are restored. The Active Directory database, Certificate Services database, and Component Services Class Registration database are not restored to the alternate location.

Although you cannot change which components of the system state are backed up, you can back up all protected system files with the system state data by setting advanced backup options.

Backup Windows server system state with AOMEI Backupper Server Edition

AOMEI Backupper Server is a comprehensive and reliable backup software for Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP (all editions, 32/64bit).

It supports system/files/folders/disk/partition backup, restore and clone as well as provides other advanced features, such as backup using command line prompt or batch scripts; automatically delete older backup images to manage backup disk space; merge multiple incremental backups into a full backup; schedule, incremental, differential backup; backup to NAS device; partition alignment to optimize SSD during the restoring or cloning operation; dynamic disk volumes backup; GPT disk backup; create Windows PE & Linux bootable media; back up to share folder and restoring from share network under bootable CD environment; manually add additional drivers when create Windows PE Bootable CD, etc.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Server Edition, install and run it. On the main interface, choose System Backup.


Step 2: Then come out two steps. Step one needs no operation because AOMEI Backupper has automatically chosen C-drive for users, while step two needs manually operation to select the target location.


Step 3: After finishing the selection, click Start Backup and wait for the success.


According to the explanation above, backup system state of Windows 2012 is so much easy with the assistant of AOMEI Backupper Server Edition. It is a simple program that even a green hand can handle it without any confusion. Try AOMEI Backupper Server Edition for 30 days.