How to Make Windows Server Backup Mapped Network Drive?

Posted by @Teresa

June 26, 2018

This post shows how to let Windows Server 2008 (R2)/2012/2016 backup mapped network drive or NAS incrementally with the best workaround.

Can you backup mapped network drive with Windows Server Backup utility?

Windows Server Backup, the built-in backup tool of Windows Server operating system like Server 2008 (R2) and Server 2012, is able to create backup image for the Server and backup to the network share, only full backups. Well, could you select a mapped network drive as the backup item?

The answer is negative, with Windows Server Backup service. It could be a sort of flaw that Windows Server Backup utility is designed to back up local drives only and the network share and NAS are not in the list.

Backing up a mapped network drive is more complicated for the utility because the mapped drives do not exist outside of the logged on user’s session. As a result, you can either run the backup from within the very session which is not an option with Servers, or recreate the mapping in your backup run context, where you have to know the UNC path of the location not only the mapped drive’s name.

Absolutely, you have more choices than the complicated ones. You can backup mapped network drive with third-party backup software. 

How to make Windows Server backup mapped drive with professional tool?

AOMEI Backupper Server is dedicated backup & restoring software that designs for Windows Server operating systems such as Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012 and Server 2016. It allows you to backup a mapped network drive with incremental and differential backup. Schedule backup mapped drive is also supportable. As a matter of fact, you can directly backup from network share or NAS path if you did not map the drive to local. Let’s have a closer look. Take making Windows Server 2008 (R2) backup mapped drive for example.

1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Server on your Server. Click File Backup under Backup tab.

File Backup

2. Click on Add Folder.

Add Folder

3. Click Browse to add the mapped network drive (it shows as a drive in File Explorer yet essentially a folder). The Filter settings option allows you to include/exclude some certain file types during the backup process.


4. Click “Step2” to choose another location as the destination path. Backing up to local disk, external drive, NAS and Cloud are available.

Add Destination

5. You have choices to password encrypt the backup image (Backup Options), and set schedule backup task (Schedule).

Schedule Settings

And manage destination backup disk space (Backup Scheme) now.

Backup Scheme

6. Click Start Backup to run the backup immediately or at the next schedule time.

Start Backup


  • By default, AOMEI Backupper will perform incremental backup. But a full backup will be created for the first time.

  • Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event-trigger and Real-time Sync are available in Schedule option.

  • If it suggests performing Partition Backup in Step3, ignore the suggestion because you’ll not be able to find the drive in that way.

  • The method also applies to Windows Server 2012 backup mapped drive and backup to network share.

  • For more information about Windows Server incremental backup, please refer to Windows Server incremental backup to network share.


When you cannot make Windows Server backup mapped drive, why don’t you turn to other reliable backup tools? Besides file backup, you can do system backup, disk backup, system clone and disk clone with the software as well. If you’re a service provider, it is recommended to try AOMEI Backupper Technician edition offer charged technical service to unlimited companies or individuals.