SolarWinds Backup Help

Data sources

Practically any file located on a workstation or server can be protected against loss using the Backup Manager. Some files are not subject to backup – for example files from the Backup Manager installation folder and temporary files on Windows.

Complex systems such as databases, virtual machines and content management systems require specific approaches to keep backup data consistent (this guarantees that the system will continue working after recovery). That is why you will find different data sources in the Backup Manager (a separate data source for each type of data).

Data source Description Available on Windows Available on macOS Available on Linux
Files and folders Individual files and directories located on the computer that the Backup Manager is installed on Yes Yes Yes
System state The operating system with its configuration Yes No Beta version for CentOS 5 and 6 (x86/x64)
MS SQL Databases powered by Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (mainstream editions) Yes No No
VMware Virtual machines running on VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 Windows 7 and later (64-bit versions) No No
Hyper-V Virtual machines running on MS Hyper-V 2.0 and 3.0
  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016
No No
MS Exchange Messaging systems powered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, 2013 and 2016 (limitationExchange Database Availability Groups (DAGs) and replica databases are not supported) Yes No No
MS SharePoint Content management systems powered by Microsoft SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 (single-server installations)

Windows Server.

At the moment MS SharePoint 2016 can be backed up only on Windows Server 2012 R2.

No No
Oracle Databases powered by Oracle Database Standard Edition 11g Yes No Yes (remotely from WindowsYou can back up Oracle databases on Linux remotely from Windows devices located in the local network. For that purpose, you need to create a folder for RMAN backup and make the folder available as a shared network resource that does not require authorization. If the shared folder requires authorization, it must be mapped as a network drive to the Windows machine.)
MySQL Databases powered by MySQL Server 5.0.22, 5.1, 5.5 and 5.6 Yes Yes Yes (glibc 2.5 or higher required)
Network shares Individual files and directories located on a local network resource Yes Yes (pre-backup setup requiredTo back up network shares on macOS, you need to permanently connect the network resource to your desktop (it will be recognized as the Files and Folders data source after that).) Yes (pre-backup setup required To back up network shares on Linux, you need to permanently connect the network resource to your desktop (it will be recognized as the Files and Folders data source after that).)

Starting from the 18.6 release, a new data source has been available - Office 365. It works as a service and does not involve the Backup Manager installation. Learn more.

Ensure you use the appropriate data source for the data you need to backup. For example, do not use the Files and folders data source to backup MS SQL databases.