You can use the Backup Schedule Wizard in Windows Server Backup
to schedule backups that run automatically once or more per
- You can save scheduled backups to one or more attached disks
(either internal or external)—or, new in Windows
Server 2008 R2, you can save a scheduled backup to a
volume or a remote shared folder. If you use disks, they must be
available and online for the schedule to be configured and for you
to complete the wizard. However, later when you start running
scheduled backups, if you are using multiple disks, we recommend
that you only connect one at a time so that backups will keep being
saved to the same disk. Then, when you want to move that set of
backups offsite, attach another disk in the series.
- You can choose multiple volumes to store backups. However, we
recommend that you only do this if the disks that contain the
volumes can be moved offsite (as with using multiple disks). You
may also choose to store backups on volumes if you do not want to
format the disk before the first backup is created. For example, if
the disk that you want to use to store backups also contains other
data or another server’s backups, if you store backups on a volume
contained on the disk, instead of dedicating the entire disk for
backups, the disk will not be formatted before the first backup is
- If you use a remote shared folder, make sure that the folder is
available, that you have write access to the folder, and that you
are a member of the Administrators group or Backup Operators group
on the computer hosting the folder. Each time you create a backup,
it will overwrite the older backups so that you will only have one
backup at a time. The backup will inherit the access control list
(ACL) permissions of the folder.
You can also create scheduled backups using the Wbadmin
enable backup command or the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for
Windows Server Backup. For examples and syntax for the
Wbadmin command, see the Command Reference (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93106). For
examples and syntax for the Windows Server Backup cmdlets, see the
Windows PowerShell reference (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143721).
This checklist describes how to schedule automatic backups using
the Windows Server Backup user interface.
Before you begin, review concepts and requirements, and then
determine the following:
- How many times a day and at what times you
want to run backups.
- Whether you will use a volume, a single disk,
multiple disks, or a remote shared folder to store the backups.
If you use a volume to store backups, only a single volume per
physical disk can be selected.
- Which files, folders, or volumes you want to
back up and whether the backups will need to be used for bare
metal, full server (all volumes), or system state recovery.
Server Backup; Backing Up Your
If you have not already done so, install Windows Server
Windows Server Backup Tools
Run the Backup Schedule Wizard and follow the instructions in
Automatic Backups; Backup Schedule
If needed, configure the backup to save to multiple disks that
you can rotate offsite.
Backup Schedule for Multiple Storage Disks
After the backup is scheduled and a backup has been created, run
a test recovery with the backup to make sure you are able to
recover the items that you had intended. To do this, you can either
wait for the first scheduled backup to run or you can create a
one-time backup immediately using the Backup Once Wizard or the
Wbadmin start backup command and the same settings that you
used for the scheduled backups.
Manual Backup; Recovering Your
Periodically review the backup schedule to confirm that it still
meets the needs of your business and consider revising it when you
add or remove volumes, applications, features, or roles. In
addition, check the status of your backups using the Windows Server
Backup user interface, the Wbadmin get status command, or
the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Server Backup.
Stop an Automatic Backup Schedule
- To install and use Windows Server Backup, you
must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group,
or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.
- If you are using BitLocker Drive Encryption
to protect your server, if possible, make sure the storage location
you choose is also protected with BitLocker Drive Encryption. This
will not happen automatically—it must be enabled explicitly. For
instructions, see the Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption
Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143722).