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Tips: How to install Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 R2

Overview
Windows Server 2008 R2 has a built-in component Windows Server Backup. It consists of a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, command-line tools, and Windows PowerShell cmdlets. We can say Windows Server Backup, like its predecessor - Ntbackup (on Windows Server 2000/2003). Using the Windows Server Backup, we can perform our day-to-day backup and recovery needs.
Comparatively Windows Server 2008 R2 has come out with more features that Windows Server 2008 RTM. The new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 expand what we can backup and where we can store them.
What You Can Backup with Windows Server Backup?
Using Windows Server Backup, we can backup a full server (all volumes), a selected list of volume, the system state, specific files or folders. Moreover, we can create a backup that we often use for recovery purpose.
Note: The restrictions of Windows Server 2008 RTM such as limitation in backup and the lesser choices of volumes have been changed in Windows Server 2008 R2. After performing a backup and if it is required, we can recover volumes, folders, files, certain applications and the system state. Moreover, we can perform a bare metal recovery if the hard drive is failed. We can use Windows Server Backup to create and manage backup for the local computer or a remote computer. Besides, we can also schedule backups to run automatically whenever we need.


How to install Windows Server Backup?
It is required to install the following tools when you add the Windows Server Backup Features and subordinate items.
•    Windows Server Backup Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in
•    Wbadmin command-line tool
•    Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Server Backup
In order to install Windows Server Backup, we can use any of the following three methods.
1.    Using Server Manager
2.    Using Servermanagercmd.exe
3.    Using PowerShell
Let’s have a look one by one at each of the installation methods.
In order to install Windows Server Backup, it is required to log on to the computer by using the local Administrator account or another account with the administrative privileges. Then, we should be a member of the Administrators or Backup Operators groups for performing the backup or recoveries using Windows Server Backup.
1. Installing Windows Server Backup Using Server Manager
This will be the easiest method for backing up using Windows Server Backup.
1.    First, open the Server Manager and wait until it gets loaded.
2.    Now, click on “Features” and wait for it to load.
3.    After that, click “Add Features”.
4.    Then, in the "Add Features Wizard" page, scroll down and click to select "Windows Server Backup features".
5.    If you wish to have the PowerShell command samples, manually select “Command Line Tools”.
6.    Moreover, it is not required to have this addition if you wish to use GUI or the WBADMIN command line tool.
7.    Now, click Next.



8.    After that, it is required to click “Install” on the "Confirm Installation Selections" page.
9.    Once you finish the process, it is not required to reboot the server. You can keep going.

2. Installing Windows Server Backup Using Servermanagercmd.exe
This is also an easier method to installing Windows Server Backup.
1. First, open the Command Prompt window with the elevated permission. It is nothing but, running the prompt as administrator. You can right click CMD and select the option “Run as Administrator”.


2. Then, type the following command:
servermanagercmd -i Backup-Features
Note: Servermanagercmd.exe is not case sensitive.


Now, all it is done. How easy it is?

3. Installing Windows Server Backup Using PowerShell
As you know PowerShell will be installed by default in Windows Server 2008 R2. However, it is required to import the Server Manager module in order to install roles of the shell.
1. As usual, open a PowerShell window with elevated permission. You can right click CMD and select the option “Run as Administrator”.

2. Now, type the following command:
Import-Module servermanager
3. Once imported, type:
Add-WindowsFeature Backup-Features
Note: The Add-WindowsFeature command is not case sensitive.


Now, all the three methods are discussed. I hope you find this information useful. If you’ve any doubts feel free to write us.
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