Restore Windows Server 2012 R2 from backup

Windows Server contains the Windows Backup functionality. It can create full backups of your server that contain all volumes. With the bare metal recovery, you are able to fully restore the server even if the hard disks fail, after a virus attack, or security breach. Depending on the size of the server drives and the backup media, set up frequent backup times, so when you need to restore the server, less data has to be entered again.

To restore a Windows Server from a backup image

  1. Insert the Windows Server 2012 R2 installation DVD into the DVD drive of the server
  2. Boot the server from the DVD
  3. Connect the drive, that contains the backup images, to the server
  4. On the first screen select the language and keyboard options
  5. On the next screen, select Repair  your computer
  6. Select the Troubleshoot icon
  7. Click the System Image Recovery
  8. Select your operating system as the target operating system
  9. Select the backup image to restore; latest or from a previous date
  10. If you selected Select a system image option
    1. In the table select the backup device
    2. Select the time of the backup
    3. If you want to clear the drives of the server select the Format and repartition disks option

Manage Windows Backups

To manage the Microsoft Windows Backups you can use a command line tool.

Open a command prompt as administrator

Show the existing backup versions

Wbadmin get versions

Clean up the backup disk

To keep a number of latest backups and delete the rest

Wbadmin delete backup -keepversions:NUMBER_OF_BACKUPS_TO_KEEP

To keep the latest backup only

Wbadmin delete backup -keepversions:1

To delete all existing backups

Wbadmin delete backup -keepversions:0


Create a backup of a Microsoft SQL Server database to a location outside of the database server

The Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2008 user interface only allows you to create a backup of a database to one of the local drives of the database server.

To create a backup of a Microsoft SQL Server database to a location outside of the database server execute the following SQL script:

DISK = N'\\MyNas\MyDatabase.bak'
WITH NOFORMAT, NOINIT, NAME = N'MyDatabase Database Backup', NOSKIP, STATS = 10

Change the bold values to match your environment.