How to Backup Windows Server to NAS

Backing up information from a server to a NAS is perhaps the best way to keep your server's data safe. In this post I will explain why and how to do it in a practical and simple way.

May 18,2020 • Filed to: Take Data Backup • Proven solutions

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NAS are increasingly common storage systems. These allow multiple users to work with the same information, increasing productivity and making information transfer much more efficient. Increasing the storage capacity of a DAS is extremely easy and for this reason they are also used as a storage medium for server backups. In this post I will talk about the topic and I will show you in detail how to back up your server remotely and automatically to a NAS through the Windows Server Backup feature and also, I will show you how to do it with professional information backup software.

Part 1: Windows 2003, 2008, 2012 (R2) Server Backup to NAS

“Q: I have a NAS that I would like to use as a backup medium for myself and some coworkers. A friend told me that I can use Windows server backup to do it but I don't know how. Can anyone explain me how to do it?”

What is NAS?

A NAS (Network Attached Storage) allows to connect several computers or servers simultaneously to one or more storage drives through a TCP / IP connection, which allows configuring a NAS to work with a RAID writing and reading infrastructure, protecting and maximizing the speed of writing and reading data.

By configuring the protocol for writing and reading data in RAID (redundant array of independent disks), you will protect the stored data against possible errors such as physical damage or data corruption. This greatly facilitates the distribution of data between these devices and allows you to create a private cloud to which you can connect remotely from any device and anywhere through TCP / IP network protocols, protecting and saving your information in a very reliable way.

What is Windows Server Backup?

Windows Server Backup is a feature of Windows Server that enables back up of server information tools and can be configured to securely automate the process. You can install it through the option "Add roles and features" if you do not already have this feature installed.


Part 2: Why Need to Backup Windows Server to NAS?

As you can imagine, a NAS facilitates teamwork and is a storage method commonly used in many companies because it saves a lot of space and makes it very easy for users to share and use the information that is stored on it.

Servers often store huge amounts of information, so creating a backup can seem like a challenging task, however using a NAS the problem disappears. Increasing the storage capacity of a NAS is very easy, in addition, it allows you to access your information from any server or computer, as long as they are connected. For these reasons, a NAS is the most effective solution to this problem and you can use the Windows Server Backup feature to automate the backup processes of your server.

Backing up the information from a server to a NAS is one of the most recommended methods because doing it through other removable storage media can be inefficient and very expensive, while a NAS makes it possible to back up the information securely and easily with a much lower cost.

So, as you can see, having a NAS represents many advantages for sophisticated users. Next, I will mention some:


Part 3: How to Backup to NAS with Windows Server Backup?

The backup process with Windows Server Backup is a very simple task to do; next, I will describe how to do it in a few practical steps.

Step 1: Open Server Backup feature

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Go to the “Tools” menu of “Server Manager” and open your “Windows Server Backup” feature from the drop down list.

Step 2: Open the Schedule Backup tool

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Once you have opened the “Windows Server Backup” feature, go to the right panel and click on “Backup Schedule…”

Step 3: Set the backup values

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Here you can choose the information you want to back up, choosing between a “full server”, in which you can back up all your server data and “custom backup”, where you can select specific information to back up.

Step 4: Set the schedule

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In this section, you can set how often you want to create backups. You can choose from once a day to multiple times per day. You can also select different times to make the backups.

Step 5: Choose a storage media

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Here you have to tick the “Back up to a shared network folder” option.

Step 6: Set the target location

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In this section, you have to enter the NAS location.

Step 7: Confirm

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Now, a brief summary will be displayed. You just have to check if everything is ok, then click on “Finish”


Part 4: How to Backup to NAS with AOMEI Backupper Server?

Backing up to a NAS with the help of professional information backup software like AOMEI Backupper is very simple. This program allows you to easily automate and configure the characteristics of your backups without the need to install Windows Server Backup. Below I will show you how it is done step by step.

Step 1: Go to “File Backup”

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You can find this option into the “Backup” section. The system, partitions and even whole disks can all be backed up to a NAS device.

Step 2: Add folder or file

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Step 3: Select location

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Step 4: Click on “Share/NAS”

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Once you have clicked on the folder icon, a window like this will be displayed. Here you have to click on “Share/NAS” option.

Step 5: Add Network Location

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It will pop out a window, click on the “Add Network Location” label that is located in the lower-left corner.

Step 6: Type the Display Name and Network Path.

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Enter the NAS access information. Make sure you have successfully previously configured the access permissions of your NAS and Click on “Start Backup”.


Conclusion

Without a doubt, NAS is a very effective storage optimization method. These are a fundamental tool for teamwork in many companies and at the same time, it has become one of the best storage options for server backups thanks to the ease with which you can increase the storage capacity and access the information remotely. Backing up a server through Windows Backup Service and AOMEI Backupper is extremely easy, in this way you can be sure that the information stored on your server will be safely backed up daily.

Amy Dennis

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