Windows 2008 R2 Operating System Backup and Recovery

Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 OS is bundled with three utilities that makes the Server system almost disaster proof. It has all the necessary tools that makes the backup and recovery possible effectively and with the least effort and time (Joyner, 2011).

As stated before, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Operating System has many features that allows you to recover the Operating System, Active Directory Directory Service (ADDS), Applications and data in the situation of any type of disaster such as disk failures, administrative errors, natural disasters, damage or loss of data or hardware failure and hacking etc.

Windows backup and recovery technologies are as follows,

Shadow Copies of Shared Folders

Shadow copies of shared folders is the extended version of Shared folders in MMC (Microsoft Management Console) snap-in. shadow copies of shared Folders can be used to see the previous versions of shared folders. If a file is accidently deleted in a shared folder it can be easily recovered. If you accidently overwrite a file you can recover it from its earlier versions. You can also compare the folder with earlier versions of it and compare what has been changed.

Windows Server Backup tools

Windows Server Backup in Windows 2008 contains MMC snap-In, command-line tools, and Windows Power Shell cmdlets that provides you a complete solution for day to day backup that can completely recover your system in case of a disaster.

Windows Recovery Environment 

The Windows Recovery Environment is a partial version of the Windows operating system. Once the Windows system is backed up, the Windows recovery environment can used to restore the system to its earlier state. (, 2014)


References,. (2014). Backup and Recovery Overview for Windows Server 2008 R2. Retrieved 2 June 2014, from

Joyner, J. (2011). Save big bucks without risk: Get the most from Windows Server 2008 Backup Utility. TechRepublic. Retrieved 2 June 2014, from


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