To access backup and recovery tools, you must install the Windows Server Backup Features and subordinate items that are available in the Add Features Wizard in Server Manager. This installs the following tools:

To install backup and recovery tools
  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, click Server Manager, in the left pane click Features, and then in the right pane click Add Features. This opens the Add Features Wizard.

  2. In the Add Features Wizard, on the Select Features page, expand Windows Server Backup Features, and then select the check boxes for Windows Server Backup and Command-line Tools.


    Or, if you just want to install the snap-in and the Wbadmin command-line tool, expand Windows Server Backup Features, and then select the Windows Server Backup check box only—make sure the Command-line Tools check box is clear.

  3. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, review the choices that you made, and then click Install. If there is an error during the installation, it will be noted on the Installation Results page.

  4. Then, to access these backup and recovery tools, do the following:

    • To access the Windows Server Backup snap-in, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Server Backup.

    • To access and view the syntax for Wbadmin, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. At the prompt, type: wbadmin /?

    • For instructions to access and view the Help for the Windows PowerShell Windows Server Backup cmdlets, see Using Windows Server Backup Cmdlets.

Additional considerations

  • To install Windows Server Backup features in Server Manager, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

  • To install Windows Server Backup on a Server Core installation, you can use the command line for Server Manager. For instructions, see For additional instructions to install roles on Server Core installations, see

  • You can also access Windows Server Backup from Server Manager. To do this, in the left pane double-click Storage, and then double-click Windows Server Backup.

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