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To back up to a remote shared folder, you will need to first:

Important

If you save a backup to a remote shared folder, that backup will be overwritten if you use the same folder to back up the same computer again. In addition, if the backup operation fails, you may end up with no backup because the older backup will be overwritten, but the newer backup will not be usable.

To create a manual backup and save it to a remote shared folder
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Server Backup.

  2. From the Actions pane of the snap-in default page, under Windows Server Backup, click Backup Once. This opens the Backup Once Wizard.

  3. On the Backup Options page, do one of the following, and then click Next:

    • Click Scheduled backup options.

    • Click Different options.

      1. On the Select Backup Configuration page, do one of the following, and then click Next:

        1. Click Full server (recommended) to back up all volumes on the server. This is the recommended option.

        2. Click Custom to back up just certain items, and then click Next.

          1. On the Select Items for Backup page, click Add Items. In Select Items, select the check boxes for the items that you want to back up. If you want to back up just certain folders or files, expand the folder tree and select the items that you want to include. Click OK.

          2. On the Select Items for Backup page, click Advanced Settings, click the Exclusions tab, click Add Exclusions, and then expand the folder tree and select the items that you want to exclude.

          3. On the VSS Settings tab, select either VSS full Backup or VSS copy Backup. Click OK.

      2. On the Specify Destination Type page, click Remote shared folder, and then click Next.

      3. On the Specify Remote Folder page, type the path to the folder. In this folder, a folder named WindowsImageBackup will be created. The backup that you create will be saved at: \\<RemoteServer>\<SharedFolderPath>\WindowsImageBackup\<ComputerBackedUp>.

      4. Also on the Specify Remote Folder page, do one of the following:

        • Click Do not inherit if you want the backup to be accessible only for the user credentials used to create the backup, and then click Next. Type a user name and password for a user account that has write permissions on the computer that is hosting the remote folder, and then click OK.

        • Click Inherit if you want the backup to be accessible to everyone who has access to the remote shared folder, and then click Next.

        Note

        If you already have a backup stored at this location, you will receive a warning that the backup will be overwritten. If you do not want this to happen, click Cancel and then provide a different shared folder.

  4. On the Confirmation page, review the details, and then click Backup. The wizard prepares the backup set, confirms access to the remote shared folder, and then creates the backup.

  5. On the Backup Progress page, you can view the status of the backup.

Additional considerations

  • To create a single backup using Windows Server Backup, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

  • You can also perform this task remotely for another server using the Connect To Another Computer option in the Windows Server Backup Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. Make sure that you are a member of the Administrators or Backup Operators group on the remote server. If you are a Backup Operator, ensure that the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) security settings on the remote computer are set to allow Backup Operators to connect to it.

    You can only use this feature if the local and remote servers are running the same version of Windows—either both running Windows Server 2008 or both running Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, you cannot use this feature to manage a computer running any version of Windows client operating system.

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