Update December 12, 2019: The Windows 2008 operating system is no longer supported by Azure Backup. For the most recent information please see our support matrix for Azure Backup.


Azure Backup supports the latest Windows Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  Azure Backup now extends the service to protect Windows Server 2008 64-bit operating systems as well. Azure Backup allows backup on-premises Windows Server 2008 servers to Azure for long term in an efficient and secure way. Azure Backup also allows seamless integration with the System Center Data Protection Manager to provide application aware backups from Windows Server 2008. Below is the table that captures different ways to protect workloads from Windows Server 2008 operating system:  

Operating  System Workload Supported Technologies to be used
Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)  Files and Folders Azure Backup
Files and Folders,Hyper-V Virtual Machines,MS-SQL databases System Center Data Protection Manager with Azure Backup

  Please refer to the Azure Backup Getting Started blog for a step by step detailed guidance on using Azure Backup and Azure Backup Long Term Retention blog on how to protect the data for long term to Azure.  

Additional Pre-requisites needed for Windows Server 2008

Prerequisite Download location
Service Pack 2 for Windows   Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 SP2 Download
.Net 3.5 Framework .Net3.5 Download

  Now that you have learned how to use Azure Backup to protect your Windows 2008 64-bit Servers, you can quickly start using Azure Backup using the below links:

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