PowerShell for Windows Admins

Apr 11 2013   1:51PM GMT

Windows Server Backup

Richard Siddaway Richard Siddaway Profile: Richard Siddaway

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Windows Server 2012 has a PowerShell enabled backup utility. When you enable the feature you get a module called WindowsServerBackup. It has the cmldets you would expect for creating and managing backups. No surprise you may say as this was available in Windows 2008 R2.

The difference with Windows Server 2012 is that you can do restores from PowerShell cmdlets which wasn’t available in the earlier version.

The restore cmdlets are

Start-WBFileRecovery

Start-WBHyperVRecovery

Start-WBSystemStateRecovery

Start-WBVolumeRecovery

This might not replace your current backup system but is very useful for backing up test environments and experimenting with things like authoritative AD restores.

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