How To Backup Windows Server 2008 System State

To start with, Windows Server 2008 is no longer using ntbackup as its backup tool and the old command prompt ntbackup will not launch the back up software as it used to in the previous versions of Windows Server and Client O/S.

In windows 2008 Microsoft introduced a new backup tool called Windows Server Backup which is much advanced backup tool than ntbackup.

To backup the system state using the new backup tool we need to type a command from the command tool.

Please note that all other backup jobs can be done using the GUI except the system state backup.

The system state backup command is:

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:e:

Limitation: we can’t save the system state backup on the C: drive, however I managed to save the backup to my USB drive.