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Rapid Recovery 6.3 - User Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery The Core Console Repositories Core settings Managing privacy Encryption Protecting machines
About protecting machines with Rapid Recovery Understanding the Rapid Recovery Agent software installer Deploying Agent to multiple machines simultaneously from the Core Console Using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard to deploy to one or more machines Modifying deploy settings Understanding protection schedules Protecting a machine About protecting multiple machines Enabling application support Settings and functions for protected Exchange servers Settings and functions for protected SQL servers
Managing protected machines Credentials Vault Snapshots and recovery points Replication Events Reporting VM export Restoring data Bare metal restore
About bare metal restore BMR Windows and Linux Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines Managing a Linux boot image Performing a bare metal restore using the Restore Machine Wizard Using the Universal Recovery Console for a BMR Performing a bare metal restore for Linux machines Verifying a bare metal restore
Managing aging data Archiving Cloud accounts Core Console references REST APIs Glossary

Using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard to deploy to one or more machines

You can simplify the task of deploying the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines by using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard.

If deploying to Linux machines, this method is appropriate.

NOTE: In the past, this feature was called "bulk deploy."

When you use the Deploy Agent Software Wizard, Rapid Recovery Core can:

  1. Detect Windows machines on an Active Directory domain, and push the Agent software to the machines you select.
  2. Connect to a VMware vCenter or ESXi host, detect the guests, and push the Agent software to the machines you select.
  3. Connect to a local Rapid Recovery Core and deploy the current (newer) Agent software to Windows machines that Core already protects. (For Linux machines, use the option to deploy manually.)
  4. Connect to a Hyper-V server or cluster, detect the guests, and push the Agent software to the machines you select.
  5. Manually specify Linux or Windows machines, using IP addresses and credentials, and push the Agent software to the machines you select.

From within the Core Console, you can complete any of the following tasks:

NOTE: Quest recommends limiting the number of machines to which you deploy simultaneously to 50 or fewer, to preclude experiencing resource constraints that may cause the deploy operation to fail.

NOTE: The target machines must have internet access to download and install bits, because Rapid Recovery uses the web version of the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer to deploy the installation components. If internet access is unavailable, use the Core Console to download the installer to a storage medium such as a USB drive. Then, physically install the software on the machines that you want to protect. For more information, see Downloading the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer.

Deploying to machines on an Active Directory domain

Before you begin this procedure, have the domain information and login credentials for the Active Directory server on hand.

Use this procedure to simultaneously deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines on an Active Directory domain.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console button bar, click the Protect[Expand drop-down menu] drop-down menu, , and then select [Deploy Agent] Deploy Agent Software.
    The Deploy Agent Software Wizard opens.
  2. On the Connection page of the wizard, from the Source drop-down list, select Active Directory.
  3. Enter the domain information and login credentials as described in the following table.
    Table 40: Domain information and credentials
    Text Box Description
    Host The host name or IP address of the Active Directory domain.
    User name The user name used to connect to the domain; for example, Administrator or, if the machine is in a domain, [domain name]\Administrator).
    Password The secure password used to connect to the domain.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Machines page, select the machines to which you want to deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software.
  6. Optionally, to automatically restart the protected machines after the Agent is installed, select After Agent installation, restart the machines automatically (Recommended).
  7. Click Finish.
    The system automatically verifies each machine that you selected.

    If Rapid Recovery detects any concerns during automatic verification, the wizard progresses to a Warnings page, where you can clear machines from selection and manually verify the selected machines. If the machines you added pass the automatic verification, they appear on the Deploy Agent to Machines pane.

  8. If the Warning page appeared and you are still satisfied with your selections, click Finish again.
The Rapid Recovery Agent software deploys to the specified machines.

Caution: The machines are not yet protected. Protection begins after you complete the steps in the topic Protecting multiple machines on a VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual host.

Deploying to machines on a VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual host

Use this procedure to simultaneously deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines on a VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual host.

Before starting this procedure, you must have the following information:
  • Logon credentials for the VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual host.
  • Host location.
  • Logon credentials for each machine you want to protect.

NOTE: All virtual machines must have VMware Tools installed; otherwise, Rapid Recovery cannot detect the host name of the virtual machine to which to deploy. In lieu of the host name, Rapid Recovery uses the virtual machine name, which may cause issues if the host name is different from the virtual machine name

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console button bar, click the Protect[Expand drop-down menu] drop-down menu, , and then select [Deploy Agent]Deploy Agent Software.
    The Deploy Agent Software Wizard opens.
  2. On the Connection page of the wizard, from the Source drop-down list, select vCenter / ESXi.
  3. Enter the host information and logon credentials as described in the following table.
    Table 41: vCenter/ESXi connection settings
    Text Box Description
    Host The name or IP address of the VMware vCenter Server/ESXi virtual host.
    Port The port used to connect to the virtual host.

    The default setting is 443.

    User name The user name used to connect to the virtual host; for example, Administrator or, if the machine is in a domain, [domain name]\Administrator.
    Password The secure password used to connect to this virtual host.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Machines page of the wizard, select one of the following options from the drop-down menu:
    • Hosts and Clusters
    • VMs and Templates
  6. Expand the list of machines, and then select the VMs to which you want to deploy the software.
    A notification appears if Rapid Recovery detects that a machine is offline or that VMware Tools are not installed.
  7. If you want to restart the machines automatically after deployment, select After Agent installation, restart the machines automatically (Recommended).
  8. Click Next.
    Rapid Recovery automatically verifies each machine you selected.
  9. On the Adjustments page of the wizard, enter the credentials for each machine in the following format: hostname::username::password.

    NOTE: Enter one machine on each line.

  10. Click Finish.
    The system automatically verifies each machine that you selected.

    If Rapid Recoverydetects any concerns during automatic verification, the wizard progresses to a Warnings page, where you can clear machines from selection and manually verify the selected machines. If the machines you added pass the automatic verification, they appear on the Deploy Agent to Machines pane.

  11. If the Warning page appeared and you are still satisfied with your selections, click Finish again.
The Rapid Recovery Agent software deploys to the specified machines.

Caution: The machines are not yet protected. Protection begins after you complete the steps in the topic Protecting multiple machines on a VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual host.

Deploying an upgrade of the Rapid Recovery Agent software to protected machines

You can use the Deploy Agent Software Wizard to push an upgrade of the Rapid Recovery Agent software to Windows machines that are already protected by the local Rapid Recovery Core.

NOTE: For Linux users, if the prior version of Agent is branded AppAssure (release 5.4.3 or earlier), you must first remove the Agent software using the shell script appropriate to your specific AppAssure Agent version. Removing AppAssure Agent after installing Rapid Recovery Agent can break the connection between the Linux machine and the Core. For more information on uninstalling AppAssure Agent from a Linux machine, see "Uninstalling the AppAssure Agent software from a Linux machine" in the Rapid Recovery 6.3 Installation and Upgrade Guide.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console button bar, click the Protect[Expand drop-down menu] drop-down menu, and then select [Deploy Agent] Deploy Agent Software.
    The Deploy Agent Software Wizard opens.
  2. On the Connection page of the wizard, from the Source drop-down list, select Local Core.
  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machines to which you want to deploy an upgrade of the Rapid Recovery Agent software.

    NOTE: At this time, you cannot use this process to update protected Linux machines.

  5. Best practice is to restart each machine after installing or updating the Agent software. If you want to restart the machines after deploying, leave the default option After Agent installation, restart the machines automatically (Recommended). If you do not want to restart upgraded machines immediately, clear this option.
  6. Click Finish.
    The system automatically verifies each machine that you selected.

    If Rapid Recovery detects any concerns during automatic verification, the wizard progresses to a Warnings page, where you can clear machines from selection and manually verify the selected machines. If the machines you added pass the automatic verification, they appear on the Deploy Agent to Machines pane.

  7. If the Warning page appeared, and you are still satisfied with your selections, click Finish again.
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