As I understand it, you can use Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2012 R2 to schedule a backup to either a local volume daily (and it stores multiple daily backups) or you can backup to shared folder (and it stores one day that is overwritten each time).

How can I do both? I want to have the daily backups on the local volume in case I need to restore something from the past few weeks, but I want one backup of everything on a removable hard drive in case of fire (and I just grab the drive before exiting the building).




As you noted: If you schedule a backup to a remote folder, it will overwrite the previous backup each time it runs. If you schedule a backup to a local disk, it manages the backups using VSS in a file-system-level-manipulation-unfriendly way.

What I would recommend:

  1. Schedule a regular backup via the GUI to an attached disk and let Windows Server Backup/VSS manage that disk.
  2. Share a second backup disk on a different server.
  3. Use the command line to schedule a (copy) backup to a remote share via task scheduler (Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\YourSecondServer\SecondDiskShare -vssCopy) via Task Scheduler.
  • Thank you. That'll be great. However, will the copy backup overwrite the previous backup automatically or will I have to manage versions? (I'm looking for an overwriting solution.) – ffrugone Jan 26 '15 at 2:52
  • It overwrites automatically. – Katherine Villyard Jan 26 '15 at 3:25

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