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How to Create Windows System Backup Set

Backup Requirements

For System backup of Windows 2008/ 2008 R2/ 2012/ 2012 R2/ 2016 or SBS 2011, please ensure that the following requirements or recommendations are met:

  1. AhsayOBM is installed on the computer to be backed up.

  2. Sufficient disk spaces are required for the temporary directory (actual size depending on the volume).

  3. The following Windows Features are installed on the client computer:

    Windows Server Backup Features

    • Windows Server Backup

    • Command line Tool

    • Windows PowerShell

  4. Limitations on the temporary directory:

    • Temporary directory must be a local or USB drive and local drive is preferred option.

    • Temporary directory can be a non-critical or critical drive.

    • Temporary directory can only be set to the root of a drive.

    • Shadow Copies storage location of temporary directory must be set to local.

  5. The Microsoft Windows System backup module (wbadmin start backup) uses the .vhd format for writing backups.

For System backup of Windows 7, Windows 2008/ 2008 R2/ SBS 2011 and Windows Home Server 2011, the current virtual hard disk specification limits the size of a virtual hard disk to be 2040 GB (2 TB), which can fit a volume of size 2040 GB minus 2 MB.

For details, please refer to:

Set the name of the backup set

Name This is the name of the backup set. You can create a meaningful name for it.
Backup Type Enter the correct backup type from the drop down box.

To create a backup set name:

  1. Type in a meaningful backup set name.

  2. Enter correct backup type, eg: MS Windows System backup.

  3. Click [Next] button to continue.