What is restore point?
Restore points are a component of the Windows System Restore utility. Therefore, it can be called system restore point sometimes. It is actually a collection of important system files stored with a specific date and time. It's quite necessary to create Windows Server 2012 restore point.
When a restore point is established, your computer creates a backup copy of all data at that particular time. You can save the state of the operating system and important data. If your system has a problem, you can restore the system and data back to an early point.
Is this feature available in Windows Server 2012?
Searching for "Create a restore point" on Windows Server 2012, brings up a link that when clicked takes you to System Properties. However, there is no System Protection tab or option to create a system restore point.
As a matter of fact, there is no System Restore in Windows Server 2012. You cannot create restore point. So, what can you do if you want to create restore point in Windows Server 2012?
As above mentioned, system restore point is actually to make an Operating System backup of your computer. That is to say, creating a system restore point just likes creating a system state backup.
There happens to have a similar feature called “Windows Server Backup”. It can be used to create system image backup. This feature can be used as an alternative to restore point.
Create system image backup using Windows Server Backup Feature
Windows Server Backup is a powerful feature. By using this, you can create a single backup, schedule a periodic backup and restore system state to any point. Etc. let’s see how to create Windows Server 2012 (R2) system image backup.
To use this feature, first, you should install Windows Server Backup.
Step 1. After the installation completes, press Win + R and type “wbadmin.msc” to open Windows Server Backup. Or you can use another way. Click Start and select Administrative Tools. Find Windows Server Backup and click it.
Step 2. On the Right Panel, you will find various options like Backup Schedule, Backup Once, Recover etc., Click Backup Once option. Then you come to Backup Option. By default, it will tick create a backup now using Different options, just click next.
Step 3. Then you come to Select Backup Configuration. You can choose it based on your needs. Take Custom as an example. Tick Custom and click Next.
Step 4. Then come to Select Items for Backup. Click Add Items and select items you want to backup. Tick System state and click OK. Then click Next to continue.
Step 5. Then choose the type of storage for the backup. There are two options: local drive and remote shared folder. Take local drive as an example. Click Next. Then choose a hard drive and click Next.
Step 6. Confirm your option and click Backup. Wait until the process completes.
As system state may change often, it cumbersome to manually create system state backup every time when there is a change happens. In this case, you can also create a scheduled backup by clicking Backup Schedule Wizard.
This method can be also applied to create Windows Server 2012 R2 restore point.
Windows Server image backup software to protect your computer
There is another way to create system image bakup: use a third-party tool AOMEI Backupper.
AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional server backup software. It allows you to create system image backup very easily and quickly. If any emergency happens to your computer, you can perform a quick recovery to the previous state.
The amount of space that system image backup can take up is limited. However, with this software, you can save storage space by automatically delete old backups.
Let’s take a look at how this software works to create system image backup.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server and open this software. Click the System Backup under the Backup tab.
Step 2. You do not have to choose a source, the software has chosen it automatically for you in Step1. Just click “Step2” to select another location as the destination path to store your system image files.
1. The destination location can be verified like internal hard drive, external hard drive and NAS. You can backup Windows Server 2012 to USB drive.
2. You are allowed to enable encryption and compression for backup by clicking Backup Options.
3. Click Schedule to set scheduled backup. There are five types: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Even Triggers and Real-time Sync.
4. To save disk space, you can set automatically delete restore point in Windows Server 2012. Click Scheme and tick Enable Disk Space Management. You can choose to retain the latest (number) versions of backup image file. When it exceeds the number of versions, the older backup image files will be deleted automatically.
After creating system image backup, you can restore Windows Server 2012 (R2) from the backup very easily if there is any bad happen to your computer.
Besides Windows Server 2012, AOMEI Backupper Server can also support Windows Server 2012 R2/2008/2008 R2/2003/2003 R2/2016 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Visa.
Basically, there are two alternative ways to create Windows Server 2012 restore point. You can choose one based on your own preferences.