SolarWinds Backup Help

Supported features

Operating systems for backup and recovery

You can back up and restore data located on Windows OS, macOS and GNU/Linux. Please see the table below for the full list of supported versions.

Windows versions macOS versions GNU/Linux versions

Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10;

Windows Server 2008 SP2, 2008 R2, SBS 2011, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016 (limitedFor Windows Server 2016, only the features compatible with Windows Server 2012 R2 are supported. )

10.6 Snow Leopard (64-bit)

10.7 Lion

10.8 Mountain Lion

10.9 Mavericks

10.10 Yosemite

10.11 El Capitan

10.12 Sierra

10.13 High Sierra

10.14 Mojave

CentOS 5, 6, 7

Debian 5, 6, 7, 8

OpenSUSE 11, 12

Note for Windows:

On Windows devices, Backup Manager supports 32 or 64-bit architecture.

Note for macOS from 10.14 (Mojave):

Ensure you enable Full Disk Access for the Backup Manager before running backups.

A dialog box will appear on the Backup Manager GUI if the appropriate permission is not given.

Note for GNU/Linux:

In addition to the major Linux distributions that are regularly tested in-house, it is possible to run the Backup Manager practically on any GNU/Linux distribution that meets the following requirements:

  • Architecture: x86 or x86_64/amd64
  • Kernel: 2.6.9+ with NPTL
  • glibc: 2.4 or greater (all data sources except for MySQL); 2.5 or greater for the backup and recovery of MySQL
  • LVM for the backup and recovery of the system state

Data sources for backup and recovery

The Backup Manager handles individual files and directories as well as complex systems such as these:

  • MS SQL
  • VMware
  • Hyper-V
  • MS Exchange
  • MS SharePoint
  • Oracle
  • MySQL

You can also back up and recover the configuration of your operating system (the "System State" data source) and - starting from the 18.6 release - Office 365.

Please view Data sources for system compatibility details.

Backup-related features

"Yes" next to the name of an operating system means that the feature is available on all supported versions of that operating system.

Feature Windows macOS GNU/Linux
One-time backups (initiated manually) Yes Yes Yes
Scheduled backups Yes Yes Yes
Flexible backup selection (manual file selection, exclusion filters, priority files) Yes Yes Yes
Automatic file selection (adding certain types of files to the backup selection automatically) Yes No No
Seed loading backups (for large data sets) Yes Yes Yes
Pre- and post-backup scripts (for example, shut down the system after backup) Yes Yes Yes
LocalSpeedVault (a backup copy on a local drive or a network share for faster backups and restores) Yes Yes Yes
Archiving (archived backup sessions will never be deleted from the Cloud) Yes Yes Yes
Detailed reports on the statuses of backup sessions (displayed on the Overview tab) Yes Yes Yes
Backup of open files (especially files belonging to MS SQL, MS Exchange, MS Hyper-V and MS SharePoint) Windows 7 and later No No
Backup of encrypted files YesIn versions 15.8 and earlier, encrypted files must be backed up under the same user account that was used for their creation. To configure access to that account, go to "Preferences > Advanced > Alternative user for backup". Yes Yes
Backup of archived files (all common types of archives are supported) Yes Yes Yes
Backup of data located on local disks, removable storage drives mounted as fixed drives (Windows and Linux) and local network resources Yes Yes Yes
Backup Accelerator (speedy subsequent backups of large files)

Windows 7 and 8;

Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016

No No

Recovery-related features

"Yes" next to the name of an operating system means that the feature is available on all the supported versions of that operating system.

Feature Windows macOS GNU/Linux
One-time restores (initiated manually) Yes Yes Yes
Continuous restores (synchronous with backups) Yes Yes Yes
Flexible data selection Yes Yes Yes
Choice of target location (the ability to recover data to the original location or a new one) Yes Yes Yes
Detailed reports on the statuses of restore sessions (displayed on the Overview tab) Yes Yes Yes
Bare metal recovery (recovering a failed system directly to bare hardware without a prior OS installation) Windows 7 and greater No No
Virtual disaster recovery (recovering a failed system to a virtual machine) Windows 7 and greater No No

All the recovery-related features except for the bare metal recovery are available in the Recovery Console (a multi-instance recovery tool for system administrators).

Common features

The rest of the features are available on all the supported operating systems.

  • Multi-lingual support. The Backup Manager can be used in any of these 7 languages: English, Dutch, Russian, German, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
  • Interface selection. You can operate the Backup Manager through the command line or use the graphic user interface.
  • Custom branding. You can brand the Backup Manager for your end users removing references to the developer (this is done through the Backup & Disaster Recovery Console). Use a custom name, logo, color scheme, and icons.
  • Remote management. You can install the Backup Manager remotely through the Backup & Disaster Recovery Console and send remote commands to the Backup Manager devices of your end users.
  • Proxy connection. The Backup Manager can work from behind a proxy server.
  • Email reports. Enable the delivery of email notifications on the statuses or recent backup and recovery sessions. This can be done by an end user in the Backup Manager or remotely by a service provider or a system administrator.
  • Bandwidth usage control. Be sure your bandwidth usage will never exceed a specified limit.
  • Updates. You can update the Backup Manager to the latest version in 2 ways: by downloading the latest version and installing it on top of the current one or by letting the app update itself automatically. Please note that Linux does not currently auto-update,

Data processing technologies

Backup data is processed locally on the client side and then sent to remote storage. Data processing is not platform-dependent so all users can benefit from advanced data processing technologies such as deep deduplication, delta slicing, directory hashing, compression, secure encryption, caching and so on.