Microsoft Windows Server 8 Online Backup

The Windows Server 8 beta has been out for a week or so and people are still finding new features in the Operating System.

Aidan Finn has uncovered an Online Backup Service that is available as an installable component of Windows Server 8.

What is it?

Microsoft Online Backup Service (as it is known) is an installable service to back up files & folders to the cloud.

Why is it?

Microsoft Online Backup Service provides a new way to deliver business continuity benefits to Windows Server "8" Beta customers by providing a backup solution that requires no upfront hardware cost (other than an internet connection).

Extra Points:

One thing to note straight away is that this isn’t a free service…not even Microsoft can backup everyone’s data for free! That said, the current beta IS free and is limited to around 10GB.

Here it is in the start menu:


Encryption passphrases must be at least 16 characters long and:



Recovering Data

Any server running Windows Server "8" Beta can recover data from Microsoft Online Backup Service onto any server running Windows Server "8" Beta connected to the Internet.


It’s interesting to see this as Computer Associates (CA) have just launched an online backup service that using Microsoft Windows Azure as its cloud platform. I’m not sure, off the top of my head,how these 2 services stack up features wise but I’m going to try and find out Smile Will Microsoft’s service be positioned more as a low end, entry level package while CA take the mid-market/Enterprise sector?


You can download the Online Backup Beta Guide document here:

Aidan’s great original post can be found here:

Thanks to Mary Jo of ZDnet for tweeting this Smile

4 Replies to “Microsoft Windows Server 8 Online Backup”

  1. Backing up our important data is best when it is done online. However, since we are not sure about the security when it comes to Internet backups, we have to be responsible in choosing for the best online backup companies. Remember that we are paying some storage spaces of these online backups so we need to also get the quality storage we need. The best things to consider in backing up using online storage are the space, speed of transfer, and customer service of the company. Thank you for sharing this great article of yours, I really learned a lot and good luck!

  2. Microsoft online backup is been so useful to everybody most who have computer have it even though you need to pay for it.In Helsinki Finland there is some online backup companies which is give the best of best backup services for customer and it is already proven by a lot of people around the world.

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