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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

Installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software 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: This procedure applies to a Linux machine that is connected to the internet. For offline installation of Rapid Recovery Agent on any Linux machine, see Installing the Agent software on offline Linux machines.
  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. To establish a persistent connection between your Linux machine and the remote Dell repository in which Rapid Recovery software and components are stored, type the following command:
    		rpm -ivh <.rpm installation file you downloaded>

    For example, if the installer file is named rapidrecovery-repo-6.0.2.999.rpm in the directory /home/rapidrecovery/, type the following command, and then press Enter:

    		rpm -ivh rapidrecovery-repo-6.0.2.999.rpm

    Any missing packages or files required by the Agent will be downloaded from the remote repository and installed automatically as part of the script.

    Note: For more information on dependencies for installing on a Linux machine, see Agent dependencies.
  5. 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
  6. Instruct the package manager to install the Rapid Recovery Agent software. Type the following command, and then press Enter:
    		apt-get install rapidrecovery-agent
  7. 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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Installing the Agent software on offline Linux machines

This task requires access to an online Linux machine, removable storage media, and access to the final offline Linux machine. If AppAssure Agent is installed on the offline Linux machine, you must first uninstall it before installing Rapid Recovery Agent. For more information, see Uninstalling the AppAssure Agent software from a Linux machine.

When installing the Agent software on Linux machines that do not have access to the Internet, follow this procedure. After installation is complete, configure the Agent as described in the topic Configuring the Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine.

Note: If installing on multiple Linux distributions, perform this procedure once for each distribution.
  1. From a Linux machine with access to the Internet, open a terminal window and type the following command:
    wget http://s3.amazonaws.com/repolinux/6.0.2/packages-downloader.sh
    The shell script downloads to your current directory.
  2. Run the shell script by executing the following command:
     bash packages-downloader.sh
    The script executes and prompts you to select a specific Linux distribution and architecture.
  3. Type the index of the installation package you want and press Enter.
    For example, to obtain an installation package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, enter 3 and press Enter.
    The appropriate installer is extracted into the ~/rapidrecovery.packages/ directory.
    Note: The tilde ~/ characters represent your home directory.
  4. Copy the packages for Rapid Recovery Agent to removable media. The specific location of your removable media can differ based on Linux distribution. Type the following command and then press Enter:
     cp -R ~/rapidrecovery.packages/ <your_removable_media>
    For example, if using a removable USB drive that is mounted to location /media/USB-drive-1, type the following command and then press Enter:
     cp -R ~/rapidrecovery.packages /media/USB-drive-1
    All the necessary files are copied to the removable medium.
  5. Take the removable medium to the offline Linux machine and mount the drive.
  6. Copy the data from the mounted device to your home directory or other desired location. For example, type the following command and then press Enter:
     cp -R /media/USB-drive-1 ~/rapidrecovery.packages 
  7. Change to the Rapid Recovery directory. For example, type the following command and then press Enter:
     cd ~/rapidrecovery.packages 
  8. Run the installation of Agent with root privileges. This command differs based on Linux distribution.
    • For Red Hat, SLES, Oracle, and CentOS, type the following command and then press Enter:
      sudo rpm -i *.rpm
    • For Debian and Ubuntu, type the following command and then press Enter:
      sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    The local package manager runs the installation of Rapid Recovery Agent.

After installation is complete, configure the Agent as described in the topic Configuring the Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine.

CAUTION:
After configuring the newly installed Agent software on a Linux machine, you must restart the machine. Restarting ensures that the proper kernel driver version is used to protect your machine.

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Configuring the Rapid Recovery Agent on a Linux machine

Run the Rapid Recovery Configuration utility after installing Rapid Recovery Agent software on a Linux machine. This compiles and installs the kernel module on the Linux machine you want to protect in your Core.

The configuration utility offers several configuration options, and provides hints in the numbered steps of the instructions when it detects your specific configuration information.

Complete the steps below to configure the Rapid Recovery Agent software on any Linux machine. Some configuration options differ based on the Linux distribution you are installing.

  1. Open a terminal session with root access.
  2. Launch the configuration utility by typing the following command, and then press Enter:
    		sudo /usr/bin/rapidrecovery-config

    The configuration utility starts. This lists several configuration options, each with an index number to enter for the appropriate configuration step.

  3. Configure the port for this protected machine by typing the following command, and then press Enter. The default port is 8006.
    		1 <agent_port>

    For example, if using the default port, type the command:

    		1 8006
  4. Configure users available for protection, by typing the following command, and then press Enter:
    		1 <user_names_separated_by_comma>

    For example, if using usernames michael, administrator, and test_user1, type the command:

    		2 michael,administrator,test_user1
  5. Configure firewall rules to select a firewall configuration manager. This establishes firewall exceptions for the port designated in step 1.

    If the utility detects one or more firewall configuration managers (such as lokkit or firewalld), each is listed in the utility in line 3. Select the appropriate configuration manager and enter it, starting with the command number (3), and then press Enter:

    		3 <firewall_configuration>

    For example, if using firewalld, type the command:

    		3 firewalld
  6. Query the list of compatible kernel modules from the utility by entering the command number, and then press Enter:
    		4

    A sub-shell returns all kernel modules compatible for installation. For example, the following could be returned:

    Searching for all available for installation kernels.
    This might take a while, depending on the Internet connection speed.
    Kernels compatible for module installation:
     0 - linux-image-3.16.0.23-generic
     1 - linux-image-3.16.0.31-generic
     2 - linux-image-3.16.0.33-generic
     3 - linux-image-3.16.0.34-generic
    Input indices of the kernel modules you wish to install, delimited by space; use 'all' to install into all supported kernels, or 'q' to quit.
  7. Configure the appropriate Rapid Recovery kernel module.

    For example, to enter kernel modules for 3.16.0-23 and 3.16.0-34, enter 1 4 and press Enter.

    To enter all kernel modules, enter all and press Enter.

  8. After configuring the newly installed Agent software, restart the machine. Restarting ensures that the proper kernel driver version is used to protect your machine.

After completing this process, the local repository has been configured on this Linux machine. The Agent software is installed and the kernel module is loaded.

Your next step is to protect the machine on the Rapid Recovery Core.


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Starting and stopping the Linux Agent Daemon

After installing or upgrading the Agent software on a Linux machine, you should configure the Agent, and then restart. Restarting ensures that the Rapid Recovery Agent services start automatically, which is required to protect your Linux machine.

If for any reason you need to manually start or stop the Agent services, use the following procedure.

You can manually start, stop, and view the status of the Rapid Recovery Agent software and rapidrecovery-vdisk in all supported distributions by using the default commands as described in the following tables, respectively.

Table 1. Starting the Linux Agent Daemon
To start the... Use the following command...
agent service sudo service rapidrecovery-agent start
rapidrecovery-vdisk sudo service rapidrecovery-vdisk start
Table 2. Stopping the Linux Agent Daemon
To stop the... Use the following command...
agent service sudo service rapidrecovery-agent stop
rapidrecovery-vdisk sudo service rapidrecovery-vdisk stop
Table 3. Viewing status for the Linux Agent Daemon
To view the status of... Use the following command...
agent service sudo service rapidrecovery-agent status
rapidrecovery-vdisk sudo service rapidrecovery-vdisk status

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