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How to schedule a backup in Small Business Server 2011

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Most small companies who require a server for their network will be using Microsoft Small Business Server.  Today we will be looking at Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, specifically using the inbuilt tools to backup the server.  These steps will work on all variants of the Small Business Server 2011 software.

For this tutorial I have Small Business Server 2011 Essentials installed inside a virtual machine using Virtualbox.

First thing we need to do is access the backup utility.

Start – All programs – Accessories – System Tools – Windows Server backup

You should get the screenshot below.

Now we need to schedule a backup so click on Backup Schedule (top right) to start the wizard.  On the following page click next.

You should now be faced with the Select Backup Configuration page as shown below.

In my experience unless you have a specific need to backup only certain parts of the server configuration it is easier and safer to backup the full configuration.  Once you have decided click next.

On the following page you are asked to set the backup schedule.  Choose a schedule that suits you and then click next.

You will now be asked to specify the backup destination as shown below.

What you do next is determined by your backup strategy.  If your strategy is to backup to external hard drives then click on Back up to a hard disk that is dedicated for backups.  If your strategy is to backup to a network share (as is the purpose of this tutorial) click on Back up to a shared network folder. Once decided click next.

Word of warning if you backup to a network share your existing backup will get overwritten each time so you only have one backup on the share.

Because I specified a network share I now have to tell the server where that share is.

When you have specified the backup location click on next.  You will then be asked for network credentials to access the share.

On the final page review the backup schedule and click finish.  Your backups will now be taken at the time you specified.  Just remember to have your server switched on!!

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.


3 thoughts on “How to schedule a backup in Small Business Server 2011

  1. Hi, Can you suggest a satisfactory way of scheduling backups to a network share but somehow also being able to keep, at least one or two, previous backups. I know SBS backup always overwrites the previous backup if you backup your server to a network share but I’d really like a way round this – or at least my client would!

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