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DR Series Software 4.0.3 - Administration Guide

Introducing the DR Series system documentation Introducing the DR Series system Setting up the DR Series system Configuring the DR Series system settings Managing containers Managing replications Monitoring the DR Series system Using GlobalView Configuring and using Rapid NFS and Rapid CIFS Configuring and using Rapid Data Access with NetVault Backup and with vRanger Configuring and using RDA with OST
Understanding RDA with OST Guidelines Terminology Supported RDA with OST software and components Best Practices: RDA with OST and the DR Series System Setting client-side optimization Configuring an LSU Installing the RDA with OST plug-in Configuring DR Series system information using NetBackup Backing up data from a DR Series system with NetBackup Using Backup Exec with a DR Series system (Windows) Understanding the OST CLI commands Understanding RDA with OST Plug-In Diagnostic Logs Collecting diagnostics by using a Linux utility Guidelines for gathering media server information
Configuring and using VTL Configuring and Using Encryption at Rest Support, maintenance, and troubleshooting Supported Ports in a DR Series system About us

Source code availability

A portion of the DR Series system software may contain or consist of open source software, which you can use under the terms and conditions of the specific license under which the open source software is distributed.

Under certain open source software licenses, you are also entitled to obtain the corresponding source files. For more information or to find the corresponding source files for respective programs, see the Quest website at

Introducing the DR Series system

Introducing the DR Series system

The DR Series system is a high-performance, disk-based backup and recovery appliance that is simple to deploy and manage and offers unsurpassed Total Cost of Ownership benefits. Features such as innovative firmware and an all-inclusive licensing model ensure optimal functionality and provide the assurance of no hidden costs for valuable future features.

A purpose-built backup-to-disk appliance, the DR Series system provides advanced deduplication and compression technology to store data most efficiently. The DR Series hardware appliances are 2U, rack-based, system backup storage repositories, that include deduplication and compression technology in their operating systems. A virtual machine (VM) version is also available to provide robust, disk-based data backup capability on Virtual Machine host servers, while taking advantage of replicating to a deduplication-enabled appliance.

The Quest Data Protection | DR Series of backup and deduplication appliances support all of the major backup software applications in use today and can lower your backup storage costs to as little as $.16/GB while reducing your total cost of ownership. (For a complete list of supported backup software, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide.) The purpose-built appliances achieve these results using patented Rapid technology as well as built-in, variable block-based deduplication and compression. The DR Series helps you to:

Other benefits include:

The DR Series system includes the following features:

The DR Series system is available in a variety of drive capacities and is ideal for SMB, enterprise, and remote office environments. For details about specific drive capacities and models available, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide or the latest DR Series System Release Notes.

Understanding the DR Series system models

The DR Series system is currently available in the following models:

The DR Series system software is also supported on the following earlier models of the DR Series system.

The DR Series system consists of the following components:

Software — System software and firmware is pre-installed, which supports record linkage and context-based lossless data compression methods.
Hardware — The hardware supporting the DR Series systems is listed below:
Expansion shelf—The hardware system appliance supports the addition of external Dell PowerVault MD1200 (for DR4000, DR4100, DR6000 systems) and MD1400 (for DR4300e core and standard, DR4300, DR6300 systems) data storage expansion shelf enclosures. Adding an expansion shelf provides additional data storage for the DR Series system and also requires a license. Each added expansion shelf enclosure must be equal to or greater than each DR Series system internal drive slot capacity (0–11). For more information, see the topic, “Expansion Unit Limits,” in the DR Series System Interoperability Guide and the related Expansion Shelf topics in this guide.

The internal system drive capacity and available physical capacities of the DR Series system vary, depending on the system type and the drives installed. For detailed information, see the DR Series System Interoperability Guide, which describes the internal system drive capacity and available physical capacity (in decimal and binary values). This guide also includes the available capacities per virtual machine operating system (OS) for the DR2000v.

DR Series data storage concepts

The topics in this section describe several key data storage terms and concepts to help you to better understand the role that the DR Series system plays in meeting your data storage needs.

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