Windows Server Backup is a feature (not a role) in Windows Server 2016. You need to install it before you can take a backup of your machine. This tutorial is written to show you how to install Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2016.


  1. The administrator account has a strong password.
  2. Latest updates are installed.
  3. Firewall is turned off.
  4. Static IP is configured.

Windows Server 2016 Backup

Step 1. Open Server Manager and click Add roles and features.

Add Roles and Features

Step 2. Click Next.

Read before you begin

Step 3. Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Role-based or feature-based installation

Step 4. Choose the desired server on which you want to install the image backup feature and click Next.

Choose the server that shall be backed up

Step 5. Click Next.

Choose the server roles

Step 6. Choose Windows Server Backup and click Next.

Choose Windows Server Backup

Step 7. Click Install.

Start the installation

Step 8. Click Close when you are done.

Choose close when the installation is finished

How to Configure Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2016

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

2 thoughts on “How to Configure Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2016

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    August 9, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Good Documentation

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    September 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    This doesn’t work on a freshly installed copy of Server 2016. I select Windows Server Backup and then Install…and it immediately stops with a red “x” beside feature installation. No error message, nothing in the logs…what’s up?


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