Updated: March 10, 2009

Most information technology (IT) professionals are familiar with the practice of backing up and restoring files and applications to a server or client computer. The general practice for backing up network-accessible files involves:

  • Establishing a schedule for the backup

  • Designating the folders that you want your backup software to process during the scheduled operation

  • Storing the completed backups in a secure location

On a regular basis after you install Windows® Essential Business Server, you should back up several critical databases and configuration files in Windows EBS. This enables you to restore your system in the case of file corruption, data loss, or other unexpected system failures. This guide describes two scenarios for backing up and restoring your Windows EBS infrastructure.

In addition to the traditional method of backing up and restoring your Windows EBS infrastructure, you can replace a server running Windows EBS and maintain previously selected settings. You might consider replacing a server if you have a hardware failure or if you want to upgrade your server hardware.

For more information about replacing a server, see Replacing a Server for Windows Essential Business Server.