How do I do full backup of Linode running Windows 11?


I would like to do a full Linode backup (it is running Windows) and I need to do a full img and then ssh it to a remote Linode server.

I followed the following guide:

However, when I boot into Rescue Mode, there is no /dev/sda
And whatever I did, I was not able to mount it.

I do want to do it weekly. Any change to automate the process?
Many thanks

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Ok, after some time I figured out that I had to mount it like this

mount /dev/sda2 /mnt

Any idea how to automate it the whole image backup please?

I'm not sure what the best way to automate this process exactly, but I did have some suggestions for automating a Backup of your Windows server.

First, we have a guide for setting up automated backups of your server to Object Storage using something called Restic. While that guide won't exactly work for you, I looked into Restic more and it's compatible with Windows.

According their website :

Restic is a modern backup program that can back up your files:

  • from Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows

  • to many different storage types, including self-hosted and online services

Their site offers more information about how to use it so that you might find the right set up for you.

I also looked through our guide to backing up your data to look for automated tools and then looked into how they work with Windows. I found that Rsync doesn't work with Windows, but this forum discussions alternatives that will work on Windows.

RClone is similar to rsync and is also available for Windows. I haven't used it, but their documentation should help you figure out if it's a good option for you. While we do have some guidance on that as well, you'll likely need to supplement that with Windows specific documentation.


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