Installing Windows Server Backup Tools

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

To access backup and recovery tools for Windows ServerĀ 2008, you must install the Windows Server Backup, Command-line Tools, and Windows PowerShell items that are available in the Add Features Wizard in Server Manager. This installs the following tools:

  • Windows Server Backup Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in

  • Wbadmin command-line tool

  • Windows Server Backup cmdlets (Windows PowerShell commands)

To install backup and recovery tools

  1. Click Start, 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.

    You will receive a message that Windows PowerShell is also required to be installed with these features.


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. In this case, Windows PowerShell is not required.

  1. Click Add Required Features, and then click Next.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 Server Backup cmdlets, see GettingStarted.rtf at: <systemdrive>:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Documents\<language>.

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. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • You can also access Windows Server Backup from Server Manager, under the Storage node.

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