How to Create System Image in Windows Server 2016

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Introduction

This guide demos how to create system image in Server 2016.

Steps to Create System Image Server 2016

  1. Install Windows Server Backup
  2. Create System Image Server 2016 Backup

It is recommended to backup to a shared folder on another server. You could also backup to a drive on the server but the OS drive will NOT be available as a backup destination.

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Install Windows Server Backup (WSB)

  • Login to the server you wish to create system image and open Server Manager
  • From Server Manager, click Manage then select Add Roles or Features.
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  • At the Before you begin screen, click Next.
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  • Then select Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.
  • Select the server. Then click Next.
  • On the Server Roles screen, click Next.
  • Then at the Features screen, locate Windows Server Backup and check the box beside it.
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  • Finally, on the Confirmation screen, click Install.
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  • When the installation completes, click Close.
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Create System Image Server 2016 Backup

  • Still on Server Manager, click Tools and select Windows Server Backup.
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  • When WSB opens, click Local Backup.
  • Then to initiate backup wizard, click Backup Once
  • When the Backup Once Wizard opens, Different options should be selected. Click Next.
  • Then on the Select Backup Configuration screen, select Custom and click Next.
  • On the Select Items for Backup screen, click Add Items.
  • When the Select Items options opens, check the box beside Bare metal recovery. The backup wizard will automatically check all options required to perform bare metal recovery backup. To save your selections, click OK.
  • Back on the Select Backup Items page, click Next.
  • When the Specify Destination Type screen opens, select your backup location. Then click Next. For this demo, I have selected Local drive. When you finish making your selection, click Next.
  • Then select a backup Destination and click Next.
Drive C will not be available. So you must have another drive other than the drive the OS is installed. The Backup desktop drop-down displays the Volume labels of the drives.
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  • At the Confirmation screen, to create system image in Server 2016 click Backup. The backup will start.
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  • When the backup is completed, close the Backup Wizard.

Conclusion

It is that easy to create system image backup. If you have a question or comment use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

Want more Windows Server Guides? Visit our Windows Server How Tos page.

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