Backup and Recovery

Updated: July 2, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 contain new and updated features to help you create backups and, if needed, perform a recovery of your operating system, applications, and data.

Help installed with the product is also available in the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Library.

The wbadmin command is the primary command for backing up or recovering a computer running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see Wbadmin.

Other commands for backup and recovery include the following:

  • Chkdsk

  • Diskshadow

  • Dsamain

  • Dsdbutil

  • Ntdsutil

  • Recover

  • Vssadmin

    The wbadmin command replaces the ntbackup command that was released with previous versions of Windows. You cannot recover backups that you created with ntbackup by using wbadmin. However, a version of ntbackup is available as a download for users who want to recover backups that they created using ntbackup. This downloadable version of ntbackup enables you to perform recoveries only of legacy backups, and it cannot be used to create new backups. To download this version of ntbackup, see Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility.

Use the following additional resources for information about backing up or recovering your computers.

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