Install Server Backup on your Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 computer

Applies To: Windows MultiPoint Server 2012

It is recommended that you consider a backup and recovery plan for your MultiPoint Server. For more information on the backup and recovery tools available on MultiPoint Server, see Windows Server Backup Feature Overview [Windows Server 8] (

Configure MultiPoint Server Backup

A good backup and recovery plan is important for any size environment. Windows Server Backup is a feature in Windows Server 2012 that provides a set of wizards and other tools for you to perform basic backup and recovery tasks for the server on which it is installed. You can use Windows Server Backup to back up a full server (all volumes), selected volumes, the system state, or specific files or folders, and to create a backup that you can use to rebuild your system.

You can recover volumes, folders, files, certain applications, and the system state. And, for disasters like hard disk failures, you can rebuild a system either from scratch or by using alternate hardware. To do this, you must have a backup of the full server or just the volumes that contain operating system files and the Windows Recovery Environment. This restores your complete system onto your old system or onto a new hard disk.

A key feature of Windows Server Backup is the ability to schedule backups to run automatically.

Use the following procedures to set up the type of backup you require.

To install backup and recovery tools

  1. From the Start screen, open Server Manager.

  2. Click Add Roles and Features to start the Add Roles Wizard. Then click Next after you review the Before you begin notes.

  3. Select the Role based or feature based installation option, and then click Next.

  4. Select the local computer that you are managing, and click Next.

    The Add Features Wizard opens.

  5. On the Select Features page, expand Windows Server Backup Features, select the check boxes for Windows Server Backup and Command-line Tools, and then click Next.


Or, if you just want to install the snap-in and the Wbadmin command-line tool, expand Windows Server Backup Features, and then select the Windows Server Backup check box only—make sure the Command-line Tools check box is clear.

  1. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, review your choices, and then click Install.

    If any errors occur during the installation, the Installation Results page will note the errors.

  2. After the installation completes successfully, you should be able to access these backup and recovery tools:

    • To open the Windows Server Backup snap-in, on the Start screen, type backup, and then click Windows Server Backup in the results.

    • To start the Wbadmin tool and view syntax for its commands: On the Start screen, type command. In the results, right-click Command Prompt, click Run as administrator at the bottom of the page, and then click Yes at the confirmation prompt. At the command prompt, type wbadmin /? and press ENTER. You should see command syntax and descriptions for the tool.

To configure backups using Windows Server Backup