Installing Windows Server Backup

Despite the Windows Server Backup being listed in Administrative Tools, the Windows Server Backup feature will still need to be installed. The easiest way to install Windows Backup tools is by using Add Features in the Server Manager. For Windows Server Core installations, installing with PowerShell is the preferred method.

Installing Windows Server Backup with Server Manager

On every edition of Windows Server 2008 R2, except for Server Core installations, the Windows Server Backup feature can be installed using Server Manager. To install the Windows Server Backup feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Log on to  Windows Server 2008 using an account with admin privileges.
  2. Hit Start, click All Programs, then click Administrative Tools, and select the Server Manager.
  3. On the tree panel, select the node named Features.
  4. Select  Add Features link in the tasks panel.
  5. After the Add Features Wizard has opened,  select the plus sign beside Windows Server Backup Features. Check both boxes to make sure that the commandline tools are also installed. Click Next to continue.
  6. Review the summary on the Confirm Installation Selections page and then click Install.
  7. The installation has now been performed, on the Installation Results page review the installation results, and then click Close.

Installing Windows Server Backup with Windows PowerShell Server Manager

Often, admins may elect to use  PowerShell  to manage a server and for installing roles, role services, or other features. When a feature or role is installed using PowerShell ServerManager module, all features, role services, and role dependencies are added as well. To install Windows Server Backup features, including  Windows Server Backup PowerShell cmdlets with  PowerShell, follow the below steps:

  1. Log on to  Windows Server 2008 using an account with admin privileges.
  2. Hit Start, click All Programs, then click Accessories, and click the PowerShell folder to display the application shortcuts.
  3. Right-click PowerShell and then select Run As Administrator, if the User Account Control window opens, just click Continue to open PowerShell.
  4. Type cd \ and hit Enter.
  5. Type in Import-Module ServerManager and hit Enter.
  6. Type in Add-WindowsFeature Backup-Tools and hit Enter. Once the installation has complete, the results will shown  in the window.
  7. Type in Get-WindowsFeature |More and hit Enter to generate a listing of the installed roles, role services, as well as features. Review the list to make sure that both the Windows Server Backup and Windows Server Backup command-line tools have been installed.
  8. Type in  exit in the PowerShell window and hit Enter.

Installing Windows Server Backup on Server Core Installations

On a Windows  Server Core installation, if the Windows Server Backup feature isn’t already installed, it may be installed by following the below steps:

  1. Log on to  Windows Server Core using an account with admin privileges.
  2. In Command Prompt  type in cd \ and hit Enter.
  3. Type Start /w ocsetup.exe WindowsServerBackup and hit Enter.
  4. Log on to a different Windows Server Enterprise Edition system with an admin account on the local system as well as on the Windows Server Core system (assuming  both systems are part of the same domain and also that the Windows  Server Core system is able to access other resources on the network from the Windows Server Core system).
  5. Select Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Windows Server Backup.
  6. In the Actions panel, select Connect to Another Computer and the Computer Chooser window will open.
  7. Select  Another Computer, type the name of the Windows Server Core system, and hit OK.
  8. If you are able to connect to the Windows Server Core system, the installation will have been successful. If the connection should fail, either the Windows Server Core firewall is blocking  the connection or Windows Server Backup has not been successfully installed.