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Rapid Recovery 6.0.2 - Installation and Upgrade Guide

*** Legend Introduction to Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery Rapid Recovery system requirements Installing Rapid Recovery
Understanding Rapid Recovery components Installing the Rapid Recovery Core Installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software Installing the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console Automatically installing updates Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Core Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Agent software Uninstalling the AppAssure Agent software from a Linux machine Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console
Upgrading to Rapid Recovery

Upgrading Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine

This topic discusses the upgrade for an existing version of Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine with the local software repository configured.

If the software repository was removed (as described in step 4 of the uninstall procedures for Rapid Recovery), then use the installation procedures specific to your distribution. See the topic About installing the Agent software on Linux machines.

As of release 6.0.1 and later, installing, removing or upgrading Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine uses a new process. A package manager (specific to your distribution of Linux) facilitates the tracking of files needed to install or remove the Agent software.

Because the various supported Linux distributions use different package managers, the procedure for installing, upgrading, or removing Rapid Recovery Agent on any supported Linux OS depends on the package manager used. The package managers, and the Linux distributions they support, are described in the following table.

Table 1. Package managers and the Linux distributions they support
Package Manager Linux Distribution
yum Linux distributions based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), including RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux.
zypper SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) versions 11, 12
apt Linux distributions based on Debian, including Debian 7 or 8, and Ubuntu 12.04 and later

As a one-time setup step for each Linux machine, you must configure your local software repository to point to the location where the package manager obtains Dell Rapid Recovery installation files.

Note: This process is represented by steps 1 through 4 in each of the installation procedures. When upgrading future editions of the Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine with the repository configured, you will not need to perform these steps.

After you configure a software repository on your Linux machine, the package manager is able to retrieve and install the packages needed for installation or removal of Rapid Recovery Agent software and related components, such as local mount (formerly known as aamount), rapidrecovery-vdisk (formerly called aavdisk), and Mono (an open source, Ecma standard-compliant, .NET Framework-compatible tool set used for porting the Agent software to Linux platforms).

For each package manager, you can run the appropriate command at the command line to determine if it is configured to download Rapid Recovery packages. These commands are listed in the following table.

Table 2. Command to show package manager repository configuration. This table lists the commands for each package manager to run to determine if it is configured to download Rapid Recovery on a Linux machine. The first column includes the package manager supported. The second column lists the relevant command to enter at the command line.
Package Manager Command to list configured repositories
yum yum replolist
zypper zypper repos
apt ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d

If the software repository exists on your Linux machine, you can follow the simplified instructions for upgrading in the section.


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Upgrading to Rapid Recovery Agent on Debian or Ubuntu

The Rapid Recovery Agent .deb file is an archive containing repository information specific to the apt package manager. Complete the following steps to install the Rapid Recovery Agent on Debian 7 or 8, or on Ubuntu 12.04, 13.04 or 14.04.

Note: To ensure that the proper kernel driver version is used to protect your machine, the best practice is to restart the machine after the upgrade to Rapid Recovery Agent is complete.
  1. Open a terminal session with root access.
  2. Install the Rapid Recovery Agent by invoking the apt package manager, updating the repository manager. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		apt-get update
  3. Tell the package manager to install the Rapid Recovery Agent software. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		apt-get install rapidrecovery-agent
  4. The package manager prepares to install all dependent files. If prompted to confirm installation of unsigned files, enter y and then press Enter.

    The Rapid Recovery Agent files are installed.


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Upgrading to Rapid Recovery Agent on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

The Rapid Recovery Agent .rpm file is an archive containing repository information for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) . This distribution uses the zypper package manager. Complete the following steps to install the Rapid Recovery Agent on SLES.

Note: To ensure that the proper kernel driver version is used to protect your machine, the best practice is to restart the machine after the upgrade to Rapid Recovery Agent is complete.
  1. Open a terminal session with root access.
  2. Determine your present working directory by entering PWD and pressing Enter. For example, assume your directory is /home/rapidrecovery/.
  3. Download the appropriate Rapid Recovery Agent .rpm installation file from the License Portal at https://licenseportal.com to your present working directory.

    For more information about the license portal, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal User Guide.

  4. Install the Rapid Recovery Agent by invoking the zypper package manager, updating the repository manager. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		apt-get update
  5. Instruct the package manager to install the Rapid Recovery Agent software. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		apt-get install rapidrecovery-agent
  6. The package manager prepares to install all dependent files. If prompted to confirm installation of unsigned files, enter y and then press Enter.

    The Rapid Recovery Agent files are installed.


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Upgrading to Rapid Recovery Agent on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, or Oracle Linux

Rapid Recovery Agent software

The Rapid Recovery Agent .rpm file is an archive containing repository information specific to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, or Oracle Linux. These distributions use the yum package manager. Complete the following steps to install the Rapid Recovery Agent on RHEL, CentOS, or Oracle Linux.

Note: To ensure that the proper kernel driver version is used to protect your machine, the best practice is to restart the machine after the upgrade to Rapid Recovery Agent is complete.
  1. Open a terminal session with root access.
  2. Install the Rapid Recovery Agent by invoking the yum package manager, updating the repository manager. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		yum clean all
  3. Instruct the package manager to install the Rapid Recovery Agent software. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		yum install rapidrecovery-agent
  4. The package manager prepares to install all dependent files. If prompted to confirm installation of unsigned files, enter y and then press Enter.

    The Rapid Recovery Agent files are installed.


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