How to Use WBadmin tp Create Backups in Windows Server 2008?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

In Windows Server 2008, you maybe create backups to ensure the data security, but how to do it? Using the built-in backup tool - WBadmin or choosing a backup software is a choice.

Backup Data in Windows Server 2008 with WBadmin

Nowadays, Server system is applied in many medium and small-sized enterprises. During their work, there are much data in computers, such as all kinds of forms, word documents, emails etc. Once server crashes, all those files will lose. At this point, backing up important files or folders becomes very significant.

In Windows Server 2008, you can use the built-in backup tool-WBadmin command to backup. WBadmin is an elevated command prompt which is built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. It allows administrators to create backups or restore operating system, files, folders, volumes or application.

When you backup data, open the Command Prompt window, and write “WBadmin Start Backup” to backup. There are some syntaxes in Windows Server 2008 as follows:

Wbadmin start backup
[-backupTarget:{<BackupTargetLocation> | <TargetNetworkShare>}]

Here an example of backing up to a share. Also you can choose the destination of the backup target.


The command line is so complicated and not everybody knows how to write command. Besides, using WBadmin to backup will cost much time. Therefore, there is a Windows Server 2008 backup software to be recommended to you.

Create Backups with AOMEI Backupper Server

Due to the defects of WBadmin backup, a easy and simple software will help you to operate quickly and effectively. AOMEI Backupper Server owns an easy-to-operate interface and supports to create file backup, folder backup, system backup, incremental and differential backup, schedule backup, clone and restore. The function is very powerful and it cost a little time to backup, restore and clone. The main interface is as follows:


When you backup, you can easily and quickly backup the data which you want to backup. It is more intuitive and faster than WBadmin. While you create backup, there are many settings which contain adding comments for images, splitting a large backup image into multiple small files, add encryption service for image by inputting password to ensure image security, selecting compression level which contains none compression, normal compression and high compression. If your files are very big, and you don’t want the image take much space, high compression is recommended. By default, normal compression level is ok. Also there is another setting; you can delete old images automatically to manage disk space with AOMEI Backupper Server, or Technician edition in Windows Server 2008.

In addition to the above features, also AOMEI Backupper allows to check and explore image, create bootable CD/DVD, USB or ISO file to boot computer after system crashes. Also it supports export or import configuration to manage disk tasks and view logs which occur during a backup process.

In summary, in Windows Server 2008, the server backup is critical for data protection. AOMEI Backupper Server is a good assistant for backup. Download 30-day free trial to have a try.