Before you can install Rapid Recovery components, you must register at the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal, create an account, and obtain a license key or file, which is required to download the Rapid Recovery Core and Rapid Recovery Agent software and to configure and protect machines. To register the Core with the license portal, the server must have internet connectivity, and be able to check in with the license portal on a regular basis.
For more information about the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal, obtaining a license key, and registering for an account, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal User Guide.
Before you begin installing Rapid Recovery, consider which components are necessary for your implementation, as not all components are required. At minimum, plan to install Rapid Recovery Core on a dedicated Windows server. You may also need to install the Rapid Recovery Agent software on the Windows or Linux machines you want to protect. If your environment consists of only VMware vCenter/ESXi virtual machines, you can opt to protect those machines without Rapid Recovery Agent. This option is called Rapid Snap for Virtual, or agentless protection. Optionally, if you plan to set up and manage multiple Cores from one interface, you can install the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console service.
The steps you must follow to install Rapid Recovery are:
Optionally, you may want to perform other configuration tasks, such as setting encryption keys, configuring event notification, or replicating recovery points from a source Core to a target Core. Each of these configuration tasks is included in the Quick Start Guide feature of Rapid Recovery Core. You can read more information about the Quick Start Guide or performing these tasks independently in the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery User Guide. That document also contains information about tasks such as configuring an SMTP server for notification messages, changing the data retention policy, or configuring SQL attachability.
This section describes the Rapid Recovery components available for backup, replication, and recovery. The purpose of this section is to help you gain an understanding of the components that you may install in your Rapid Recovery environment and how they work together to help protect your data.
Because the Rapid Recovery Core manages the backups of all protected machines in your environment, you should install the Rapid Recovery Core on a dedicated server. Depending on your license and your environment requirements, you may need to install multiple Cores.
To use Rapid Recovery Core, you must register it with the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal. This requires you to create a license portal account, if you do not already have one. The email address you use to register your license portal account is used in the future for important communication. To register, or to access the license portal, visit https://licenseportal.com.
Many users start with a trial license. Once the trial period expires, the Rapid Recovery Core stops taking snapshots until you obtain and register an updated license. Once you have upgraded or purchased your Rapid Recovery license, you will receive by email either a license file or a license key.
For information about obtaining a license key, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal User Guide.
For information about managing licenses from the Core, see the topic "Managing Licenses" in the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery User Guide.
The license portal identifies a Rapid Recovery Core by its Core ID. For this reason, to avoid a conflict between managing Core IDs, Dell recommends not cloning machines with Rapid Recovery Core installed. In the event you have already done so, then remove the Rapid Recovery Core software on the cloned machine, and then reinstall it. This results in a new Core ID being assigned to the cloned machine.
When installing the Rapid Recovery Core, you can choose to automatically update the Rapid Recovery Core software. You can also choose to be notified about or to ignore updates. Once installation is complete, these settings can be changed at any time. For more information on changing automatic update settings, see the topic "Configuring update settings" in the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery User Guide.
The Rapid Recovery Core requires a 64-bit Windows platform; 32-bit systems and Linux systems are not supported. For more information, see Rapid Recovery Core installation requirements. In addition, on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems, you must have the ASP.NET 4.5 feature installed on the server. If you do not have the feature installed, the GUI will not load correctly.
After you install the Rapid Recovery Core, you can download the Rapid Recovery Agent installer from the Core or the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal for each machine that you want to protect using the Rapid Recovery Agent software.
For more information about the Rapid Recovery Agent installer and about installing the Agent software on Windows machines, see Installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software on Windows machines. For information about installing the Agent software on Linux machines, see About installing the Agent software on Linux machines.
Complete the procedure below to install or upgrade the Rapid Recovery Core.
Depending on the configuration of your machine, the User Account Control window or the Open File - Security Warning window may appear.
The Rapid Recovery Core Installation Wizard appears, and displays the Update Options page.
The License Agreement page appears.
The Prerequisites page appears.
The Installation Options page appears.
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The Update Options page appears.
|Automatically install updates (recommended)||If you select this option, the Rapid Recovery Core will automatically compare your version of the Core with the latest version available, once weekly. If an update is available, the updated version is installed after the nightly jobs have completed.
When using replication, configuring your system to install updates automatically could result in upgrading the source core before the target core. Updating cores in this sequence may result in replication failure or the inability to set up new replication between cores. For replication users, Dell recommends administrators apply automatic upgrades only to the target core, and then manually upgrade the source core, and lastly upgrade the protected machines.
|Notify me about updates, but do not install them automatically||If you select this option, you will see an alert at the top of the Rapid Recovery Core Console when a newer version is available, including a link to download the update.|
|Never check for updates||If you select this option, you will not be notified when a newer version is available.|
If you choose to install automatic updates or to be notified about them, then the software version on the Rapid Recovery Core is checked against available software updates on a weekly basis. If a new version is detected, and if you selected the option to automatically update, then the updated version of the Core is installed after other scheduled nightly jobs have completed.
You can change how frequently the system checks for updates (options include daily, weekly, monthly, or never) at any time by configuring the update settings for the Core in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. From the icon bar, click (Settings), and then navigate to Updates. For more information on how to change these settings, see the topic "Configuring update settings" in the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery User Guide.
The Progress page appears and includes a status bar that lets you monitor the progress of the installation.
When the installation is complete, the Completed page appears.
For information on configuring the Rapid Recovery Core and protecting and managing your data, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery User Guide.