Glossary of SolarWinds Backup terms

  • (Also called backup FP log) A file with the list of backup and recovery operations performed on a device. All entries are generalized and do not carry any personal data. All tools from the Backup Manager installation package have their own logs, but "Application logs" normally refer to the Backup Manager.
  • Preserving a backup session from cleaning after its retention period has expired. Archived sessions are stored forever (unless they are manually unarchived).
  • Installing the Backup Manager on multiple machines through a software distribution system. This is a Windows-only feature. Available to resellers and end-customers.
  • A quick way to populate a backup selection for the "Files and Folders" data source based on preferred file types (images, videos and documents). All matching files are detected automatically.
  • A technology that speeds up the processing of changes in large files and decreases the duration of subsequent backup sessions.
  • A way to exclude certain directories or types of files from backup even if they are included into the backup selection. You can create your own backup filters to supplement default ones.
  • An internal functional process associated with the Backup Manager. In the Services Console on Windows, it is identified as "Backup Service Controller". On Linux, it is called "ProcessController".
  • (Also called Application log) A file with the list of backup and recovery operations performed on a device. All entries are generalized and do not carry any personal data. The file comes in 2 versions: local (all entries) and cloud (the latest entries only).
  • The primary platform for backup service providers and system administrators. Using the Console, a company can manage its user and reseller network, customize access to the service, manage storage and backup/recovery processes and more.
  • The primary tool for backup and recovery. It specializes in enterprise-level data that cannot be handled with the help of mass-market solutions: databases, virtual machines and content management systems.
  • A database of backup meta data that is formed and stored on a backup client device and regularly uploaded to the cloud.
  • Uploading a copy of data selection to the cloud and - optionally - to the LocalSpeedVault. The data is transferred in an encrypted and compressed format to prevent unauthorized access and utilize storage space efficiently.
  • A specialized tool for restoring the whole operating system with its configuration and software to new hardware. No prior OS installation is necessary.
  • The removal of outdated backup data which retention period has expired. The process is usually run daily on a backup device.
  • An executable file (ClientTool.exe) included into all Backup Manager installations. It lets you manage backup and recovery activities through a command line interface.
  • A configuration file included into all Backup Manager installations. It gives access to some basic settings as well as advanced settings that are not available in the graphic user interface.
  • Repeated data recovery to a computer or virtual machine that is specifically allocated for that purpose. The recovery is synchronous with backups performed in the source system.
  • An email report delivered on a user-defined schedule. There are 2 kinds of dashboards: backup and recovery.
  • The type of data for backup and recovery (for example, file system, system state or MS Exchange).
  • A log file with an extended logging level. It helps support engineers when the application log is insufficient to investigate an issue.
  • (Also called backup device) A piece of hardware (desktop, server or virtual machine) that has backup client software installed to perform routine backup and restore operations. Each device is identified by a unique name, password and encryption key (required for installation and re-installation). A device can be installed on several computers: the primary computer where data backup takes place and any number of additional computers in the restore-only mode.
  • (Also called security code) A word combination used to securely encrypt backup data. The encryption key is set just once (during the Backup Manager installation) and cannot be changed or retrieved afterwards.
  • The permanent removal of all backup data belonging to a certain data source, including archived sessions. Users are offered to perform force cleaning after they remove the data source from their backup selection.
  • Backup sessions that run at a specified interval. Available starting from version 18.4. Configured through the backup profiles in the Backup Management Console.
  • A customer or a department within your own company. Groups are used to organize backup devices.
  • The recovery of data to the original location.
  • A unique identifier of a particular device installation.
  • The LocalSpeedVault is an additional storage directory for your backup data that automatically synchronizes with the cloud. It speeds up backup and restore sessions. You can create a LocalSpeedVault directory on a local disk, a removable disk or in a local network. All kinds of network resources are suitable: workstations, file servers or network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
  • An additional storage directory for your backup data that automatically synchronizes with the cloud. It speeds up backup and restore sessions. You can create a LocalSpeedVault directory on a local disk, a removable disk or in a local network. All kinds of network resources are suitable: workstations, file servers or network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
  • The LocalSpeedVault is an additional storage directory for your backup data that automatically synchronizes with the cloud. It speeds up backup and restore sessions. You can create a LocalSpeedVault directory on a local disk, a removable disk or in a local network. All kinds of network resources are suitable: workstations, file servers or network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
  • A new backup and recovery service for Exchange and OneDrive. The service handles full Office 365 Exchange and OneDrive backups so you can recover data long after it is cleaned or lost from Microsoft databases. Activated through the Backup Management Console.
  • A system-generated security code for automatically deployed devices. Passphrases are required to initiate force cleaning, to re-install devices, to install them on an additional computer for restore purposes or add them to the Recovery Console. Passphrases are securely accessible from the Backup & Recovery Console (a SuperUser account with security officer permissions is required).
  • The mode that starts when a user clicks "Complete seeding" and ends shortly after seed data is uploaded to the cloud. While in the post-seeding mode, regular cloud backups are available but it is not possible to restore data that has been backed up since the seeding mode started.
  • Protocol logs help support engineers and system administrators investigate miscellaneous network issues.
  • A multi-instance recovery tool that enables system administrators and service providers to set up proactive data recovery from servers and workstations to any location.
  • A way to perform backup- and recovery-related tasks remotely through the Backup Management Console.
  • The type of Backup Manager installation in which all backup options are disabled. It is used to prevent unwanted backups when the Backup Manager is installed on an additional computer for recovery purposes.
  • A process during which a data selection for one data source is downloaded from the cloud or from the LocalSpeedVault to a local directory.
  • A certain number of backup sessions that are always available for recovery, by default the retention period is 28 days of session history and 3 versions of every file stored. Older sessions are automatically cleaned as new sessions are created.
  • Backup sessions that run on a certain day/time basis and are activated through the Backup Manager.
  • (Also called encryption key) A word combination used to securely encrypt backup data. The security code is set just once (during the Backup Manager installation) and cannot be changed or retrieved afterwards.
  • (Also called seeding) The process of uploading backup data to the cloud in bulk. Seed backups are performed to a temporary storage medium and then transferred to the cloud from a machine with a high-speed Internet connection.
  • Seed restore is a reverse seeding process to download data from the cloud in bulk for use in a local restore. This is useful if the Internet connection on the target computer isn’t fast enough or if uploading data from the Internet is undesirable (for example, due to security reasons).
  • (Also called seed backup) The process of uploading backup data to the cloud in bulk. Seed backups are performed to a temporary storage medium and then transferred to the cloud from a machine with a high-speed Internet connection.
  • The mode that starts as soon as seeding is enabled and ends when a user clicks "Complete seeding". In the seeding mode, all backups are performed to the seeding folder (rather than directly to the cloud).
  • A command-line installation method for Windows that lets you install one backup device at a time.
  • A storage node is the location in which your backup data is stored. These can either be hosted by us or yourself if the device is installed using the 'Software Only' version of Backup Manager. When referring to the Cloud Storage, the terms 'home node' or 'cloud node' can both be used.
  • A feature in the Backup Manager and a separate tool that creates a working mirror of your computer with its operating system and lets you run it in a virtual environment.
  • A tool that creates a virtual drive in your Windows file system to have access to your backup data in the cloud. You can copy or drag and drop files to a local drive from there.