Checklist: Perform a Manual Backup
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
You can use the Backup Once Wizard in Windows Server Backup to create single backups of your computer.
You can also create one-time backups using the Wbadmin start backup or Wbadmin start systemstatebackup commands or the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Server Backup. For syntax and examples for Wbadmin , see the Command Reference (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140216). For examples and syntax for the Windows Server Backup cmdlets, see the Windows PowerShell reference (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143721).
This checklist describes how to perform a manual backup using the Windows Server Backup user interface.
Before you begin, review concepts and requirements, and then determine the following:
If you have not already done so, install Windows Server Backup.
Run the Backup Once Wizard and follow the instructions in the wizard.
After the backup is created, run a test recovery using the backup to confirm that you are able to recover the items that you intended.
To install and use Windows Server Backup, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.
If you are using BitLocker Drive Encryption to protect your server, if possible, make sure the storage location you choose is also protected with BitLocker Drive Encryption. This will not happen automatically—it must be enabled explicitly. For instructions, see the Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide (https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143722).