Manage Data Sources

To offer an enhanced solution, standalone Cove Data Protection (Cove) replaced Backup & Recovery. Where Backup & Recovery has been enabled and continues to be so for devices, the options presented here are still available.

If Backup & Recovery options are not present in your N-sight RMM, you need to use Cove.

To start a 30-day free trial of Cove, click the app switcher in the Product bar, and select Cove Data Protection (Cove).

With Backup & Recovery, you can also backup Network Shares, Exchange Information Stores, SQL Server Database Instances and take application aware VMware Snapshots.

However, unlike Files and folders or System State, these need backed up via one device only and so these are configured via the Backup Manager on individual servers where needed in the Client or Site.

Accessing a device's Backup Manager:

Via the device

  1. Log on to the device
  2. Click the Backup Manger icon on the desktop (where available)


  1. Go to Start > All Programs
  2. Open Backup & Recovery Backup Manager

Via the dashboard

  1. Right-click on the target device in the North-pane of the Dashboard (or from the Server or Workstation drop-down)
  2. Go to Backup & Recovery
  3. Select Open Backup Manager
Data Source type Description
Protected sources Data sources which have been configured for protection, please ensure that the appropriate selections have been made and that the source is included in an active schedule
Detected sources Data sources the Backup Manager has identified as running on your local device but are not currently selected for protection
Available sources Data sources that were not detected and may require additional configuration information to enable protection

The following data sources are available:

Data Source Description
Files and Folders Individual files and directories located on the computer Backup Manager is installed on
System State Operating System and its configuration
Network shares Individual files and directories located on a local network resource
Microsoft Exchange stores Messaging systems powered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, 2013 and 2016 (Exchange Database Availability Groups (DAGs) and replica databases are not supported)
Microsoft SharePoint (VSS) Content management systems powered by Microsoft SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 (single-server installations)
Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual machines running on MS Hyper-V 2.0 and 3.0

Virtual machines running on VMware ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5

Microsoft SQL databases Databases powered by Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (mainstream editions)
MySQL databases Databases powered by MySQL Server 5.0.22, 5.1, 5.5 and 5.6
Oracle databases Databases powered by Oracle Database Standard Edition 11g

When changing data sources please ensure its Schedule is set (otherwise it will not run) and it is necessary to amend the Number of jobs to check for in the Backup Check - Backup & Recovery when configuring multiple plugins (data sources).

Backup & Recovery Documents for workstations and laptops only supports the Files and folder data source. The Documents version of the Files and folders data source is non-configurable.

Plugin (data source) Specific pre-requisites

Pre-requisites are required for some plugins (data sources) to ensure the backup, and subsequent restore, work as expected with these are covered in their own topic:

If changes are made to the Schedule, Backup selection or LocalSpeedVault in the Backup Manager, the policy is set at the individual level and the device no longer inherits the policy settings for the overall device type, Client or Site.