How to Take Backup of Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

Backup Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

This article explains how to take backup of Active Directory on Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Free step by step guide for taking backup of Active Directory.

Active Directory is backed up when you perform a backup of the server’s system state. This occurs when you back up all critical volumes on a domain controller. The primary tool you use for backing up this data is Windows Server Backup, which is not installed by default on computers running Windows Server 2012. You can install Windows Server Backup as a feature using the Add Roles and Features Wizard, as shown in below given steps and screenshots.

Let’s get started

1. Login to the Domain Server(

2. Now let’s start with login onto the server as shown below.

Backup Active Directory on Windows Server 2012

3. Give username and password (abc\administrator) and click on OK as shown below.


4. On the certificate verification window click on Yes button.

verification window

5. The Next windows will show the server desktop.

server desktop

6. Open Server Manager from the left down corner of server desktop as shown below.

Server Manager

7. Click on Add roles and features from Server Manager dashboard as shown below.

Add roles and features

8. Click on Next to Begin the Process as shown below.

Next to Begin

9. By default role based or featured based Installation is selected already so we will continue with default settings and click on Next as shown below

featured based Installation

10. On next window continue with default server(Test) selection and click on Next as shown below

server(Test) selection

11. Do not choose any option just click on Next as shown below

choose any option

12. On the next screen scroll down and select Windows Server Backup feature and click on Next as shown below

Windows Server Backup

13. On the next screen click on Install to start the feature installation.

Install to start the feature

14. You can see that windows server backup features role installation started.

windows server backup

15. Click on close when installation finish and close server manager dashboard.

installation finish

16. Go to start Menu from the left down corner of the system as shown below

start Menu

17. Open Windows Server Backup from administrative tools as shown below

administrative tools

18. You can see that Windows server backup module window will look like this

backup module

19. Click on Action Tab and select Backup Schedule as shown below

Backup Schedule

20. On the getting started screen click on Next as shown below

getting started

21. Select Full Server Backup and click on Next as shown Below
Note: kindly note that when you are taking first time backup it is always full then you can customize it accordingly.

Full Server Backup

22. Select how often you want to take backup, select the time for the backup and click on Next as shown below

select the time

23. Select the location where you want to store the backup, it can be hard disk, logical volume or a network drive, in our case it is Volume and click on Next as shown

logical volume

24. Click on add to add the volume as shown below


25. Select the volume and click on ok.

click on ok

26. Click on Yes to confirm using the same Hard disk for backup

Hard disk for backup

27. Click on Next

Click on Next

28. Click on Finish on the confirmation Window.

confirmation Window

29. You can see backup scheduling has been started

backup scheduling

30. Click on Close to complete the backup process.

Close to complete

31. You can see backup has been scheduled for Active Directory at 13:30 PM,


32. You can see backup has been started at scheduled time.

started at scheduled time

33. You can double click on the status to see the backup progress

backup progress

34. The backup for the active directory is completed. You can see the completion status. Click on OK.

Click on OK

35. The backup is successful.


This is how you can schedule configure Backup for your Active directory Server.