Disaster Recovery in Windows
Lesson 1

Overview of windows server backup

By Sai Kurada
August 13, 2023
Windows Server Backup is a built-in feature of Windows Server operating systems that provides basic backup and recovery capabilities for protecting your data. It offers a straightforward way to back up and restore critical files, folders, and volumes on Windows servers. Let's explore the key features, benefits, and considerations of Windows Server Backup.
Key Features:
Scheduled Backups:
  • Windows Server Backup allows you to schedule regular backups of selected files, folders, and volumes.
System State Backups:
  • You can create system state backups that include critical system files, registry settings, and boot files.
Bare Metal Recovery:
  • Windows Server Backup supports bare metal recovery, allowing you to restore the entire system from scratch.
Volume Shadow Copy Integration:
  • Windows Server Backup uses Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to ensure backup consistency, even for open or locked files.
Local and Network Backup Locations:
  • Backups can be stored on local drives, external drives, or network shares.
Recovery Options:
  • You can recover files and folders from specific backup points or restore the entire system in case of a system failure.
Command-Line Support:
  • Advanced users can utilize command-line tools (wbadmin) to perform backup and recovery tasks.

Simplicity and Familiarity:
  • Windows Server Backup is easy to use, especially for administrators already familiar with Windows environments.
Built-In Solution:
  • Being a built-in feature, it doesn't require additional software or licensing costs.
Basic Protection:
  • Windows Server Backup is suitable for smaller environments that need essential data protection.

Use Cases:
File and Folder Recovery:
  • Quickly recover specific files or folders that were accidentally deleted or modified.
System Recovery:
  • Restore the entire system to a previous state in case of system failures or critical errors.
Configuration Changes:
  • Use it before making significant changes to the server's configuration to have a recovery point.

Setting Up Windows Server Backup:
Installing the Feature:
  • Windows Server Backup may need to be installed as a feature using the Server Manager.
Creating Backup Plans:
  • Open Windows Server Backup, select the type of backup, choose items to back up, and configure the schedule and storage location.
Performing Restores:
  • To restore files or folders, navigate to the "Recover" section of Windows Server Backup and follow the prompts.

Limited to Essentials and Standard:
  • Windows Server Backup is available on Windows Server Essentials and Standard editions but is not included in Datacenter editions.
Basic Features:
  • While effective for basic data protection, it lacks some advanced features found in third-party backup solutions.

Windows Server Backup provides a simple and accessible means of protecting critical data on Windows servers. It's particularly suitable for small to medium-sized environments or situations where basic backup and recovery capabilities are required. While it may not offer the comprehensive features of third-party solutions, its integration into the Windows ecosystem makes it a valuable tool for ensuring data availability and system recovery.