Backups


 

Seagate highly recommends that you backup your server at least once a day. This chapter describes how to configure a backup using the Windows Server Backup utility. You can use other third-party applications that might provide additional features.
 

Server Backup for WSS 2012 has been improved so that administrators can spend less time managing the backup files. For example, after a complete server backup has been performed, subsequent automated backups are incremental, saving space and server resources. To take full advantage of the Windows Server Backup utility, it is recommended that you connect a directly attached storage (DAS) device to the server as the backup destination. Using a DAS ensures that all files are efficiently backed up and gives you earlier versions of files to choose from. Choosing another server or NAS on the network as the backup destination limits your options, and you will not have a version history when searching for files in the backup.

Perform a one-time backup

  1. In Server Manager, select Tools > Windows Server Backup.
  2. In the left navigation panel, select Local Backup.
  3. In the right panel, select Backup Once.
  4. Use the Backup Once wizard to set up the backup.

 

Note: The Bare Metal Recovery option includes all files needed to recover the operating system.


 

Set up a backup schedule

  1. In Server Manager, select Tools > Windows Server Backup.
  2. In the left navigation panel, select Local Backup.
  3. In the right panel, select Backup Schedule.
  4. Use the Backup Schedule wizard to set up the backup.
    For the backup destination, a local disk gives you the best performance.

 


Note: The first time you use a disk for backup, it is reformatted, and all previous data on it is lost. The backup disk is also not visible to users in File Explorer.


 

Confirm a backup

You have two ways with the Windows Server Backup tool to check whether a backup has occurred.

  • In the left navigation panel, click Windows Server Backup. The state of the last backup is listed.
  • In the left navigation panel, click Local Backup. All backups for the last week appear in a table.

Recover files from a backup

These instructions apply to a full backup to a DAS.

  1. In Server Manager, select Tools > Windows Server Backup.
  2. In the left navigation panel, select Local Backup.
  3. In the right panel, select Recover.
  4. Use the Recovery wizard to recover files, folders, a Hyper-V machine state, a volume, an application, or a system state.

Back up to the EVault Cloud

EVault Cloud offers 100GB of free online storage.

  1. In the Windows tool bar, click the Seagate icon.
  2. In the Configuration Tasks window under Seagate, click EVault Cloud.
  3. Complete the registration page.


 

Note: If you previously dismissed the window by checking Do not show this window at the next logon, you cannot open it through your Seagate server. You can open it by going to C:\windows\system32\oemoobe\oemoobe.exe.