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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

Exporting data to a Hyper-V virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data to Hyper-V Export by performing a one-time export, or by establishing a continual export (for Virtual Standby).

Rapid Recovery supports first-generation Hyper-V export to the following hosts:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10 x64
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

Rapid Recovery supports second-generation Hyper-V export to the following hosts:

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10 x64
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2016

NOTE: Not all protected machines can be exported to Hyper-V second generation hosts.

Only protected machines with the following Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) operating systems support virtual export to Hyper-V second generation hosts:

  • Windows 8 (UEFI)
  • Windows 8.1 (UEFI)
  • Windows 10 (UEFI)
  • Windows Server 2012 (UEFI)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (UEFI)
  • Windows Server 2016  (UEFI)

NOTE: Hyper-V export to second-generation VM can fail if the Hyper-V host does not have enough RAM allocated to perform the export. In such cases, you will see an error message on the VM 

Complete the steps in the following procedures for the appropriate type of export.

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Performing a one-time Hyper-V export

Complete the steps in this procedure to perform a one-time export to Hyper-V.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, in the button bar, click the Restore drop-down menu, and then click VM Export.
    The Virtual Machine Export Wizard appears.
  2. In the wizard, from the Select VM Export Type page, select One-time Export and then click Next.
  3. On the Machines page, select the protected machine that you want to export, and then click Next.
  4. On the Recovery Points page, scroll through the list of recovery points if necessary, and select the recovery point that you want to use for the export. Then click Next.
  5. On the Destination page, in the Export a virtual machine to drop-down menu, select Hyper-V.
  6. To export to a local machine with the Hyper-V role assigned, click Use local machine. Then proceed to step 8.
  7. To export a virtual machine to a remote Hyper-V server, click Remote host, and then enter the information for the remote host as described in the following table.
    Table 117: Remote host information
    Text Box Description
    Hyper-V host name Enter an IP address or host name for the Hyper-V server.
    Port Enter a port number for the machine. It represents the port through which the Core communicates with this machine.
    User name

    Enter the user name for the user with administrative privileges for the workstation with the Hyper-V server. It is used to specify the logon credentials for the virtual machine.

    NOTE: Optionally, you can select credentials for a user in the Credentials Vault, or you can save credentials you add here to the vault. For more information, see Credentials Vault.

    Password Enter the password for the user account with administrative privileges on the workstation with Hyper-V server. It is used to specify the logon credentials for the virtual machine.
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the settings for the new virtual machine, as described in the following table.
    Table 118: Virtual machine parameters
    Option Description

    VM location

    Specify the path of the local folder in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter E:\VirtualExports.

    You can specify a directory name that does not yet exist; this process will create the directory.

    Caution: Do not attempt to manually create a directory.

    NOTE: Export to shared folders (for example, to \\data\share) is not permitted.

    VM name

    Enter a name for the virtual machine you want to export; for example, VM-0A1B2C3D4.

    The VM name that automatically appears by default is the name of the machine from which the recovery point originated. The name entered in this text box appears after export in the list of virtual machines in the Hyper-V Manager console.

    Amount of RAM

    Specify the amount of RAM for the exported virtual machine to use by selecting one of the following:

    • Same as source machine. Select this option to specify that the amount of RAM allocated to the exported VM is identical to the RAM allocated to the source machine.
    • Specific. Select this option, and then enter the amount of RAM in megabytes for the exported virtual machine to use.

    The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors

    Enter the number of virtual CPUs you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.

    Cores per processor

    Enter the number of cores to use for each processor. The minimum is 1.

    Generation

    Specify the Hyper-V generation type.

    Disk format

    You can select from:

    • VHDX
    • VHD

    NOTE: Hyper-V Export supports VHDX disk formats if the target machine is running Windows 8 (Windows Server 2012) or later. If the VHDX is not supported for your environment, the option is disabled.

    Network adapters

    Optionally, specify network adapter options for the VM to be exported.

    NOTE: This option appears when exporting to a hypervisor of the same type (in this case, when exporting to Hyper-V).

    You can choose from:

    • Same as source machine. If you select this option, the VM include the same amount of network adapters as on the source, and they are assigned to the default network on the host.
    • Specific. Select this option to see the Network Adapters page of the Virtual Machine Export wizard. Here you can add one or more network adapters to the VM and assign a specific network to each adapter.

    Secure boot

    Optionally, choose the secure boot option for the exported VM.

    NOTE: This option appears only when secure boot is configured for the source protected machine.

    Perform initial one-time export Select this option to queue the export job immediately. Clear this option if you want the Core to wait until the next forced or scheduled backup snapshot.
  10. Optionally, on the Network Adapters page of the wizard, if you want to add a virtual network adapter to the VM to be exported, then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of a network available on the hypervisor host.
  11. Optionally, to add additional network adapters, click + Add, and then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of a network available on the hypervisor host.
  12. Click Next.
  13. On the Volumes page, select the volume(s) to export; for example, C:\.

    NOTE: If the selected volumes are larger than the appropriate maximum allocations supported by the application as indicated below, or exceed the amount of space available, you will receive an error.

    • For VHDX disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 64 TB.
    • For VHD disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 2040 GB.
  14. On the Volumes page, click Finish to complete the wizard and to start the export.

    NOTE: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

Setting up continual export to Hyper-V

Complete the steps in this procedure to set up continual export to a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM) using Rapid Recovery. This process is also known as setting up virtual standby.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, do one of the following:
    • From the Core Console, in the button bar, click the [Restore]Restore drop-down menu, and then select [VM Export]VM Export.
      1. In the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select Continual export (virtual standby).
      2. Click Next.
    • From the Core Console, in the icon bar, click [Virtual Standby] (Virtual Standby).
      • On the Virtual Standby page, click Add to launch the Virtual Machine Export Wizard.
  2. On the Machines page of the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select the protected machine that you want to export, and then click Next.
  3. On the Destination page, in the Export a virtual machine to drop-down menu, select Hyper-V.
  4. To export to a local machine with the Hyper-V role assigned, click Use local machine. Proceed to step 8.
  5. To export a virtual machine to a remote Hyper-V server, click Remote host, and then enter the information for the remote host as described in the following table.
    Table 119: Remote host information
    Text Box Description

    Hyper-V host name

    Enter an IP address or host name for the Hyper-V server.

    Port

    Enter a port number for the machine. It represents the port through which the Core communicates with this machine.

    User name

    Enter the user name of a user with administrative privileges on the protected machine you are exporting. This is also the user name you must use when logging into the exported VM.

    NOTE: Optionally, you can select credentials for a user in the Credentials Vault, or you can save credentials you add here to the vault. For more information, see Credentials Vault.

    Password

    Enter the password associated with the user name above.

  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the settings for the new virtual machine, as described in the following table.
    Table 120: Virtual machine parameters
    Option Description

    VM location

    Specify the path of the local folder in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter E:\VirtualExports.

    You can specify a directory name that does not yet exist; this process will create the directory.

    Caution: Do not attempt to manually create a directory.

    NOTE: Export to shared folders (for example, to \\data\share) is not permitted.

    VM name

    Enter a name for the virtual machine you want to export; for example, VM-0A1B2C3D4.

    The VM name that automatically appears by default is the name of the machine from which the recovery point originated. The name entered in this text box appears after export in the list of virtual machines in the Hyper-V Manager console.

    Amount of RAM

    Specify the amount of RAM for the exported virtual machine to use by selecting one of the following:

    • Same as source machine. Select this option to specify that the amount of RAM allocated to the exported VM is identical to the RAM allocated to the source machine.
    • Specific. Select this option, and then enter the amount of RAM (in MB) that you want to specify for the exported VM.

    The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors

    Enter the number of virtual CPUs you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.

    Cores per processor

    Enter the number of cores to use for each processor. The minimum is 1.

    Generation

    Specify the Hyper-V generation type.

    Disk format

    You can select from:

    • VHDX
    • VHD

    NOTE: Hyper-V Export supports VHDX disk formats if the target machine is running Windows 8 (Windows Server 2012) or later. If the VHDX is not supported for your environment, the option is disabled.

    Network adapters

    Optionally, specify network adapter options for the VM to be exported.

    NOTE: This option appears when exporting to a hypervisor of the same type (in this case, when exporting to Hyper-V).

    You can choose from:

    • Same as source machine. If you select this option, the VM include the same amount of network adapters as on the source, and they are assigned to the default network on the host.
    • Specific. Select this option to see the Network Adapters page of the Virtual Machine Export wizard. Here you can add one or more network adapters to the VM and assign a specific network to each adapter.

    Secure boot

    Optionally, choose the secure boot option for the exported VM.

    NOTE: This option appears only when secure boot is configured for the source protected machine.

    Perform initial one-time export Select this option to queue the export job immediately. Clear this option if you want the Core to wait until the next forced or scheduled backup snapshot.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Optionally, on the Network Adapters page of the wizard, if you want to add a virtual network adapter to the VM to be exported, then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of a network available on the hypervisor host.
  10. Optionally, to add additional network adapters, click + Add, and then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of a network available on the hypervisor host.
  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Volumes page, select the volume(s) to export; for example, C:\.

    NOTE: If the selected volumes are larger than the appropriate maximum allocations supported by the application as indicated below, or exceed the amount of space available, you will receive an error.

    • For VHDX disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 64 TB.
    • For VHD disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 2040 GB.
  13. Select Perform initial one-time export to perform the virtual export immediately instead of after the next scheduled snapshot.
  14. On the Volumes page, select the volumes to export (for example, C:\ and D:\.

    NOTE: If the selected volumes are larger than the appropriate maximum allocations supported by the application as indicated below, or exceed the amount of space available, you will receive an error.

    • For VHDX disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 64 TB.
    • For VHD disk format, your selected volumes should be no larger than 2040 GB.
  15. On the Volumes page, click Finish to complete the wizard and to start the export.
    On the Virtual Standby page, the continual export requirements you just confirmed appear in the Virtual Standby pane.

    NOTE: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

Exporting data to a VirtualBox virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data to VirtualBox by performing a one-time export, or by establishing a continual export (for virtual standby).

Complete the steps in the following procedures for the appropriate type of export.

NOTE: To perform this type of export, you should have VirtualBox installed on the Core machine.

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