How to Perform System State Backup in Windows Server 2008 (R2)?

Posted by @AOMEI

July 15, 2015

Learn the easiest and fastest ways to backup system state of Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 with built-in Windows Server Backup and third-party server backup software.

Why Should We Backup System State for Windows 2008?

As we all know that the data on server machine must be very important for company, no matter Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008. However, there are many situations which could lead data loss or system crash. For example, the hard drive broken, virus, mistake operation, even a nature disaster. Once the system crashed, the company would suffer great losses. In order to keep the company’s work normal, we always backup system state, for it can store the system state to a safe place and it can be restore immediately after being damaged.

System State Backup with Windows Server 2008 Built-in Tool

Windows Server 2003 has a backup tool called NTbackup for system state backup. With the development of Microsoft and its Operating System, the NTbackup has been upgraded and replaced by Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. The backup tool in Windows Server 2008 isn’t existing by default. If you want to use it, you must add "Windows Server Backup" utility manually.

Open the Server Manager in Administrative Tools, click Features, then click Add Features to open the Select Features interface, select Windows Sever Backup Features and install it. Then, you can use the function to do system state backup. You can create a one-time backup of the system state or a scheduled backup of the system state.

Click Start -> Administrative Tools -> Windows Server Backup to open it, then, select Backup Once Wizard or Backup Schedule Wizard at the right side as you want. Then, choose system state as the backup item, and choose the location space, and start running this process.

Although Windows Server 2008 added a snapshot tool to improve NTbackup, it takes a long time to backup and restore. Besides, it has many other shortages:

  • It could not restore the backup created by NTbackup.exe.
  • It needs a separate disk to run the scheduled backup.
  • It can only backup local NTFS volume.

For these reasons, it won’t be easy for users. Thus, Windows server 2008 backup software is very popular around the world. Considering the security and the price, here we recommend you AOMEI Backupper Server.

Windows Server 2008 System State Backup with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper specializes in Backup, Restore, Clone and some other utilities. It has a simple operating interface, and you can do it with a few steps.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it. Click Backup tab, you can see System Backup, it can also do Disk Backup, Partition Backup, File Backup and File Sync. Select System Backup.

System Backup

Step2. You can see an interface like following screenshot. You can choose a destination to save Windows Server 2008 system state backup at the "Step2" on this window. You can also do a schedule backup here by click "Schedule Off" marked red as the picture shows. Thus, you can set a daily, weekly or monthly backup automatically.

Schedule Backup

Tips: The Schedule Backup option provides an advanced setting which allows you to do Full Backup, Incremental Backup and Differential Backup. With the help of Incremental and Differential backup, you don’t have to do full backup one after another, because AOMEI Backupper will only backup the changed and modified data since the latest backup.

Step3. After all the settings, Click Start Backup to prompt the process. It will take a few minutes, and it depends on the size of the system partition. When it reaches 100%, click Finish, and you have already backup system sate for Windows 2008.

AOMEI Backupper Server is the optimal choice for Windows Server 2008 system state backup, on top of that, it is fully compatible with all Windows operating systems, such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, both 32 bit and 64 bit.