Prior to running through this guide please see 'Installing Backup Feature on Windows Server 2008', to install the software needed for this guide. The built in Windows Backup utility is a bit of a blunt instrument it will target entire disks for useful information, for targeting specific folders or files a 3rd party utility will suit you better.
[_] Windows Server 2008
[_] Administrative account to the above system
[_] UNUSED BACKUP DRIVE, either a second internal or an external one(IMPORTANT)
1. Login with the Administrator Login
2. Navigate to the 'Windows Server Backup' utility (Start->Administrative Tools->Windows Server Backup)
3. Once the utility starts click on "Backup Schedule..."
4. On the 'Getting started' screen click [Next]
5. On the 'Select backup configuration' screen you can select 'Full Server' or 'Custom'. For this tutorial we'll select 'Custom', and then click [Next]. (Full Server backup, will obviously backup everything as outlined by the description.)
6. On the 'Select backup items' screen click [Next] (If you only have the one drive the system will make this decision for you, if you have more then one drive, select areas as needed.)
7. On the 'Specify backup time' screen select when to perform the backup, and then click [Next] (You can configure multiple times, but this utility will run each day. The server has to be on to back itself up, so pick a time when it will definately be on[If you shut off your system.])
8. You'll now be asked to select a disk to send your backup data to, if you don't see one but have a second drive select [Show All Available Disks...], else click [Next] and go to step 11.
9. You should now see all of your disks listed select the disk you want to use as your backup, then click [OK]
10. Highlight the drive you selected in the last window and click [Next]
11. You will now get a very important warning. THIS IS IMPORTANT, THE DISK YOU SELECTED WILL BE DESTROYED AND WIPED OF ALL DATA. IF THIS IS OK CLICK [YES], else [NO]
12. On the 'Label destination disk' click [Next]
13. On the 'Confirmation' screen click [Finish]
14. The system will now format the disk you selected. It will give you a summary screen, you can then click [Close]
15. When you get back to the 'Windows Server Backup' screen you will see the 'Next Backup' scheduled.
You've now set up a basic backup schedule that might be able to save you in the event of a server failure. Implementing this feature with a RAID5 disk system is even better. See the RAID5 setup tutorial. The drive you added will no longer appear in the 'Computer' window, as it is specifically designated for backups now. You can not use it to put your own data on.