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Rapid Recovery 6.0.2 - User Guide

*** Legend Introduction to Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery Understanding the Rapid Recovery Core Console Working with repositories Managing Rapid Recovery Core settings Using custom groups Working with encryption keys Protecting machines using the Rapid Recovery Core Working with Microsoft Exchange and SQL Servers Protecting server clusters Exporting protected data to virtual machines Managing protected machines Understanding replication Managing events Generating and viewing reports Restoring data Understanding bare metal restore for Windows machines Retention and archiving Managing cloud accounts Working with Linux machines Understanding the Local Mount Utility Central Management Console Understanding the Rapid Recovery Command Line Management utility Understanding the Rapid Recovery PowerShell module
Prerequisites for using PowerShell Working with commands and cmdlets Rapid Recovery PowerShell module cmdlets Localization Qualifiers
Extending Rapid Recovery jobs using scripting Rapid Recovery APIs Glossary

Deleting a repository

Complete the steps in this procedure to delete a repository.

  1. Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.
  2. On the icon bar, click [More] (More), and then select Repositories.

    The Repositories page appears.

    On the Repositories page, the DVM Repositories pane appears.

  3. In the repositories summary table, from the row representing the repository you want to delete, click [Actions] to expand the drop-down menu, and then select Delete.

    A warning message appears to confirm deletion.

  4. Click Yes to confirm the deletion of the repository.
    When a repository is deleted, the data contained in the repository is discarded and cannot be recovered.

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Managing Rapid Recovery Core settings

This section describes how to manage and change the settings for your Rapid Recovery Core from the [Settings] Settings icon.

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Rapid Recovery Core settings

The Rapid Recovery Core settings are configured by default for optimum performance for most users. These settings affect the performance of the Rapid Recovery Core, or in some cases the display of information in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. From the icon bar, click [Settings] (Settings) to access Core settings. A list of all Core settings appears on the left. You can click on the title for any of the settings from this list to jump to the full configuration for that setting on the right. Or you can scroll down through all the Core settings on the right to see all configuration options. For more information, see Rapid Recovery Core settings.

You can also access Core tools such as viewing a summary of system information, or downloading Core log files. For more information, see Core-level tools.

The comprehensive set of Rapid Recovery Core settings that you can configure is described in the following table.

Table 1. Rapid Recovery Core configurable settings
Configuration Setting Description
Backup and restore Core configuration Rapid Recovery lets you back up Core configuration settings to an XML file. If you have a backup file, you can use it to restore or migrate Core settings. The Backup and Restore options appear on the top of the Core Settings page.

For more information about backing up and restoring Core settings, see Backing up and restoring Core settings.

General General settings include configuration options that apply generally to the Rapid Recovery Core, including display options and ports for the web server and for the Rapid Recovery service. You access general settings by selecting General settings include:
  • Display name
  • Web server port
  • Service port
  • Locale

    For more information about the general settings for Rapid Recovery Core, including how to configure these settings, see Configuring Core general settings.

Updates Update settings controls aspects of the Automatic Update feature, which checks for updated versions of Rapid Recovery software.

Update settings include:

  • Check for new updates
  • Install updates
  • Status
  • Last check

    For more information about settings for updating the Rapid Recovery Core, including how to configure these settings, see Configuring update settings.

Nightly jobs Nightly jobs settings are automated tasks which the Core performs on a daily basis. You can configure the time the jobs begin and which jobs are performed. Dell recommends scheduling the jobs outside of normal business hours to reduce load on the system when demand for resources is high.

For more information about nightly jobs, see Understanding nightly jobs. For more information about how to configure these settings for the Core, see Configuring nightly jobs for the Core. For more information about configuring nightly jobs for specific protected machines, see Customizing nightly jobs for a protected machine.

Transfer queue Transfer queue settings control the number of times transfer operations are attempted if jobs fail due to unavailability of resources. You can establish the maximum number of concurrent transfers and the maximum number of retries for transferring data.

For more information about transfer queue settings, see Modifying transfer queue settings.

Client timeout Client timeout settings determine the length of time before that specific connection requests or read and write operations should be attempted before timing out.

For more information about client timeout settings, see Adjusting client timeout settings.

DVM Deduplication cache Rapid Recovery deduplicates your data globally across a repository. Deduplication ensures that unique blocks of information are stored only once in your repository, creating references to repeated data blocks. The references are stored in a deduplication cache. If encryption keys are used, then deduplication occurs within each encryption domain.

If using DVM, the DVM deduplication cache settings let you configure the size and specify the locations for the primary and secondary cache, as well as the location for the metadata cache.

For more information about deduplication cache, see Understanding deduplication cache and storage locations. For information on adjusting the settings, see Configuring DVM deduplication cache settings.

Replay Engine Replay engine settings control information regarding the communication channel for the Replay engine. Settings include IP addresses, port numbers, automatic port assignment, buffer sizes for sending and receiving information, and timeout settings to help adjust the performance specific to your network needs.

For more information about engine settings for Rapid Recovery, see Configuring Replay engine settings.

Deploy Deploy settings let you set options for deploying the Rapid Recovery Agent software from your Core to the machines you want to protect. Rapid Recovery lets you specify the name of the installer file, Core address, timeout settings, and limit the number of concurrent installations (to prevent overload of your network). You can also specify whether protected machines reboot, and whether machines are automatically protected after the Rapid Recovery Agent software is deployed.

For more information about configuring deployment settings, see Configuring deployment settings.

Database connection Rapid Recovery displays information about Core tasks, events, and alerts on the Events page. Rapid Recovery stores this transactional information in a MongoDB service database that is installed locally by default on the Core machine. You can configure these settings to change how long information is retained in the database, or to change the connection pool size to allow for more or fewer concurrent connections.

If using a second Rapid Recovery Core, you can configure the database connection settings on the first Core to point to the second Core machine. In this way, the event data for both Cores will be stored in the MongoDB on the second Core.

Alternatively, you can configure the database connection settings on the Core to point to another machine that has a separately installed MongoDB which is accessible over the network to the Rapid Recovery Core. The event transaction data for your Core is then saved to that service database, not locally. For more information about establishing or modifying database connection settings for the service database, see Configuring database connection settings.

Local database Rapid Recovery displays information about Core tasks, events, and alerts on the Events page. Rapid Recovery stores this transactional information in a MongoDB service database that is installed locally on the same machine as the Rapid Recovery Core.

You can configure credential information (username and password) for the local Mongo service database using the Local database settings. For more information on adjusting local database settings, see Modifying local database connection settings.

SMTP server The Rapid Recovery Core monitors tasks, events and alerts. This information is visible on the Events page. If you configure simple mail transfer protocol (SMTP) server settings for the Core, you can also send this information by email. These settings include the SMTP server name, originating email address (“From” address), login credentials, port, timeout and security settings for that email server.

For more information about configuring an SMTP email server, see Configuring an email server.

Note: To send event information by email, you must also configure notification group settings. For more information on specifying events to receive email alerts, see Configuring notification groups.
Cloud configuration The Cloud Configuration settings let you specify configuration settings for various cloud storage accounts, including Amazon™ Simple Storage Service (S3), Microsoft Azure™, and managed cloud providers using OpenStack® open source technology. These settings do not create cloud accounts. Instead, they associate existing cloud storage accounts with your Rapid Recovery Core to facilitate actions such as archiving Rapid Recovery information.

For more information about managing cloud storage account information in the Rapid Recovery Core, see Managing cloud accounts.

Reports Report settings include a single configuration parameter that allows you to select the font used when a report is generated from the Rapid Recovery Core. The default setting is to use the Trebuchet MS typeface, but you can change this to any font available to your system.

For more information about changing report settings, see Managing report settings.

Attachability Attachability settings let you specify whether to perform SQL attachability checks on the protected machine, or whether to use the SQL Server instance on the Core. If specifying SQL on the Core, you must provide credential information.

For more information about managing SQL attachability settings for the Core, see Managing Core SQL attachability settings.

Jobs Core jobs are automatically created whenever you initiate operations such as replication. You can specify settings for each job using the Jobs core settings.

You can configure the number of jobs to execute at one time. In case network or other communication errors prevent any job from succeeding the first time, you can set how many times a job should be attempted using the Try count setting.

For more information about Core jobs, which jobs are available, and how to configure them, see Core job settings.

Licensing From the Core console, Rapid Recovery lets you change the license associated with your Core, limit the number of daily snapshots, view license pool information, and contact the license server.

For more information about managing licenses from the Core, see Managing licenses.

For more information about managing licenses, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal Guide.

Note: The Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal has a different release cycle than Rapid Recovery software. For the latest product documentation, see the Dell Technical Documentation website.
SNMP configuration Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a protocol for managing devices on an IP network. Rapid Recovery supports this protocol. You can configure the Rapid Recovery Core as an SNMP agent. The Core then can report information such as alerts, repository status, and protected machines. This information can be read by an SNMP host using a standalone application called an SNMP browser.

You can also download a MIB file from the Rapid Recovery Core, which can be read by an SNMP browser.

For more information on using SNMP with Rapid Recovery, see Understanding SNMP settings.

vSphere vSphere Core settings apply only for users of the agentless protection of virtual machines. If using a vSphere host, these settings include connection settings that apply to the VMs.

For more information on vSphere settings for VMware or ESXi agentless protection, see Configuring vSphere settings.

Log Uploads When this option is set to Yes, Rapid Recovery Core uploads log files to Dell for analysis in its on-going effort to improve overall product quality. This setting is optional.

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Configuring Core general settings

General settings for the Rapid Recovery Core include the Core display name, the web server port, service port, and the locale (the Core console display language).

  1. Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.
  2. On the icon bar, click [Settings] (Settings), and then do one of the following:
    • From the list of Core settings on the left side of the Settings page, click General.
    • Scroll down on the right side of the Settings page until you can see the General heading.

      The General core settings appear.

  3. Click on the general setting you want to change.

    The setting you selected becomes editable, as a text field or a drop-down menu.

  4. Enter the configuration information as described in the following table.
    Table 1. General Settings information
    Text Box Description
    Display name Enter a new display name for the Core. This is the name that will display in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. You can enter up to 64 characters.
    Web server port Enter a port number for the Web server. The default port is 8006.
    Service port Enter a port number for the Rapid Recovery Core service. The default port is 8006.
    Locale From the Locale drop-down list, select the language you want to display.

    You can choose from English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

    Note: If changing the languages, confirm the message indicating that the Rapid Recovery Core service must restart before the updated language can display in the Core Console. You can restart this service from the Windows Task Manager.
  5. For each setting, when satisfied with your changes, click [Save] to save the change and exit edit mode, or click [Cancel] to exit edit mode without saving.

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