Wbadmin Restore System State in Windows Server 2008 R2

December 25, 2014

In Windows Server 2008 R2, backing up system state is essential and you can restore server from backup after computer crashes. But how will you restore the computer? Wbadmin will help you.

Brief Introduction of Wbadmin Restore

In Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows vista, Windows Server 2008/2012/2008 R2, there is a built-in backup tool called Wbadmin. You can use it to backup and restore operating system, files, folders, applications, and volumes. Wbadmin is a backup system based on a disk. Wbadmin can create a "bare metal" backup to restore the operating system to hardware whether it is similar or dissimilar. Wbadmin also supports to create an automatic backup.

In restore, there are two kinds of restore operation with Wbadmin; one is “bare metal restore”. It refers that you can finish a whole server restoration to the same server or to a server with dissimilar hardware under the Windows Recovery Environment. Another is “individual file and folder, and system state restore”.

Restore System State in Windows 2008 R2 with Wbadmin

To perform a recovery, you must be a member of backup operators or administrator. Open the command prompt and write “Wbadmin start systemstaterecovery” to restore system state. The command is applied in Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2. Here you will see some syntaxs.

wbadmin start systemstaterecovery
[-backupTarget:{ | }]


Like this, you can use Wbadmin to restore system state. Write the Parameters according to your needs. However, you will find that the command is very complex and maybe you cannot write the correct command. It is fit for top talents. Besides, you will cost much time to restore the system state. Sometimes, if users move the backup from one HDD to another HDD, restoring system state will encounter many problems. Restoring system state is difficult for ordinary users. At this time, a professional software is a good assistant for backing up and restoring system.

Restore System with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server supports to backup and restore files, folders, disk, partition and system. With one-key-operation function, it is very easy and fast for all users to backup and restore data. In advance, backup the important data, and then you can restore from the backup image. If you want to restore computer after it crashes, please backup the system. Then you can restore it. During the backup process, you can set to backup system automatically day by day, week by week or month by month. After you backup successfully, the email will be sent to tell you.


In conclusion, compared to Wbadmin restore, it is easier and more convenient for restore system with AOMEI Backupper Server. You can finish data backup and recovery in a short time and help solve many problems. Download.