Setting Up Automatic Backups on Windows Servers


Ensuring that your data is secure should always be a top priority, particularly when managing a Windows server. With a robust backup system in place, you can protect your data against potential threats, including hardware failure, ransomware, or even simple human error. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up automatic backups on a Windows server. With SRVPS, this becomes an easy task that offers you peace of mind in the knowledge that your data is safe.

Automatic Backups on Windows

What Are Backups, and Why Are They Important?

Before we delve into the specifics, it’s essential to understand what backups are and why they’re so important. A backup is a copy of your data stored in a separate location. This could be an external hard drive, a remote server, or a cloud-based service. Backups allow you to restore your data in case of loss or corruption, making them an essential part of any IT infrastructure.

The importance of backups cannot be overstated. They are your safety net in case of unforeseen events that could compromise your data. Regularly backing up your data is a best practice that ensures you can quickly get back up and running after a data loss.

Types of Backups

There are three main types of backups: full, incremental, and differential.

  • Full Backups: This involves backing up all the files and folders in the system. It is the most comprehensive backup option but also the most storage-intensive.
  • Incremental Backups: This backup method only stores the changes made since the last backup. This results in faster backups that use less storage but requires more time to restore because all incremental backups since the last full backup must be restored.
  • Differential Backups: This method backs up changes since the last full backup, similar to incremental backups. However, each differential backup includes all changes since the last full backup, not just the new changes. This method is a middle ground between full and incremental backups.

Setting Up Automatic Backups on a Windows Server

To set up automatic backups on a Windows server, you will use the Windows Server Backup feature. This is a built-in tool that allows you to schedule backups at specific intervals.

Before you start, ensure you have enough storage space for your backups. This could be an external hard drive or a network location. It is also crucial to ensure that the account you’re using has administrative privileges.

To set up automatic backups on a Windows server:

  1. Access Windows Server Backup: Navigate to the Server Manager Dashboard. From there, choose ‘Tools’ and then ‘Windows Server Backup’.
  2. Set up the Backup Schedule: In the Actions pane, select ‘Backup Schedule…’. This will launch the Backup Schedule Wizard.
  3. Choose Backup Configuration: Here, you can choose between ‘Full server’ and ‘Custom’. If you choose ‘Full server’, all data on your server will be backed up. If you select ‘Custom’, you can choose which items to back up.
  4. Specify Backup Time: Here, you can set when your backups will occur. You could opt for daily or more specific times throughout the week.
  5. Designate Destination: You will be asked to specify the destination for your backup. This could be a local drive, a network location, or a dedicated hard drive.
  6. Confirm Settings and Create the Backup Schedule: Finally, you will review your settings and then click ‘Finish’ to create the backup schedule. Your server will now automatically back up data at the specified intervals.

Ensuring Successful Backups with SRVPS

SRVPS provides comprehensive solutions for your Windows server needs, including tools and support for setting up automatic backups. With the reliable and secure servers offered by SRVPS, you can set up automatic backups with confidence, knowing that your data is safe.

Remember, a good backup strategy is only as good as its implementation. Regularly check your backups to ensure they are running as expected. You should also periodically test your restoration process to confirm that you can recover your data if necessary.


Setting up automatic backups on your Windows server is a crucial task that ensures the safety of your data. With this guide and the robust tools provided by SRVPS, you can easily implement an effective backup strategy.

Remember, at SRVPS, our mission is to provide high-quality, reliable server solutions. Visit our Windows tutorial page for more helpful guides and resources to make the most out of your Windows server.