Installing and Configuring Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2016

Here we’ll show you How to Installing Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2016 with PowerShell and then configure basic server backups.

In order to perform simple backup and restores out of the box, Windows Server 2016 provides the Windows Server Backup feature. While this does work it is fairly basic and lacks many useful features, if you have many critical servers to backup I highly recommend that you look at something else such as Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) or a third party backup solution from some other vendor.

An example of this is that when you backup over the network to an external share with Windows Server Backup you can only store one restore point at a time, any further backups will overwrite existing ones which isn’t very useful if you actually need some sort of retention. The backups are also managed on a per server basis which makes them difficult to maintain and manage.

For this demo, Infrastructure Requirement:

  • 1 DC SERVER (

Before we can actually configure the backups, we must first install the Windows Server Backup feature. This can be done through the graphical user interface, however it’s just faster to simply use PowerShell.

1 – First we’ll use the Get-WindowsFeature cmdlet to search for available features that contain the string ‘*Backup*’ in the Name field.

Get-WindowsFeature -Name *Backup*



As we can see Windows-Server-Backup is available for install but not currently installed.

2 – Next we use the Install-WindowsFeature cmdlet to install the Windows-Server-Backup feature, as shown below.

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Windows-Server-Backup



nce complete we should see that the installation has completed successfully, no reboot is required for this feature, we can begin using it straight away.

3 – On server, in the Server Manager, click Tools, and then click  Windows Server Backup.





4 – In the right hand Action window, click Backup Once.




5 – The Backup Once Wizard will open, on the Backup Options page leave Different Options select and click Next.





6 – On the next Select Backup Configuration window we can select if we want to perform a full server backup which is the recommended and default action, or we can optionally select custom to pick specific volumes or files that we want to backup rather than the full server. In this example we will be configuring a full server backup, however you can change this to suit your requirements.





7 – Select Remote shared folder, then click Next.




8 – Enter the path to your Fast hosts backup space in the text box provided.



9 – You will be asked to confirm the details you have entered in earlier steps. Check these details are correct, then click Backup to start backing up your server.



10 – You will see the progress of your backup options. Click Close to end the Wizard.





Once complete, your backed up images will be available in your backup space at: \\DC-CLOUD\Backup.


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