Standby Image to Hyper-V

Cove Data Protection (Cove) offers self-hosted Standby Image as a form of disaster recovery. It is a scheduled, automated service to recover critical devices.

Devices can be assigned to multiple Standby Image plans at once, i.e. Standby Image to Hyper-V and Standby Image to Azure and Standby Image to ESXi.

Restores run after each backup session for System State, Files and Folders. After the first restore, a virtual machine is created and kept on the selected Recovery Location, then with each subsequent restore the virtual machine is updated with only new data.

Restores can be performed to either a Hyper-V instance or to a Local VHDX file. Local VHDX files can be restored to either a Local Drive, or to a Network Share (NAS).

For a Virtual Machine restored to Hyper-V, there is an option to automatically boot it and create a screenshot to check that the Virtual Machine is bootable, then send this screenshot to the Management Console so that users can check it.

There is no limit to the number of devices that can be added to a recovery location

Standby Image Data Restored:

The following data sources are supported and restored to the Hyper-V recovery location given that they are selected for backup in the Product, or data source selection:

  • System State
  • Files and Folders
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • MS SQL


  • Backup Manager version 17.4 and newer
  • Devices and Recovery Locations must belong to the same Customer
  • A Cove Data Protection (Cove) SuperUser or Manager account
  • Recovery Locations must be added to the Management Console and the Recovery service must be installed on the recovery location before Standby Image recovery can occur
    • Recovery Location is an environment where restores will be performed
    • Recovery service is a service which perform restores on that Recovery location


  • Standby Image cannot be used on the RMM integrated version of Backup (Managed Online Backup) or on the N-central integrated version of Backup (Backup and Recovery)
  • Standby Image is not available for devices with disabled ‘Virtual disaster recovery’ feature in an assigned Product
  • 32-bit architecture is not supported
  • Due to a Microsoft limitation, Hyper-V does not support FAT/FAT32/ExFAT formatted drives. For this reason, please use NTFS formatted drives for Standby Image. More information can be found in the Microsoft Documentation for Hyper-V
  • Maximum supported capacity for virtual hard disks is 64 TB per disk
  • Devices can only be assigned to one Recovery Location

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