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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

Configuring update settings

Rapid Recovery includes the Automatic Update feature. When installing the Rapid Recovery Core, you can choose whether to automatically update the Rapid Recovery Core software when new updates are available, and how frequently the system should check for updates.

Note: For information on installing Rapid Recovery Core software, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery Installation and Upgrade Guide.

You can view and change the settings the system uses to check for updates at any time.

CAUTION:
When using replication, configuring your system to install updates automatically could result in upgrading the source core before the target core, which 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.

Complete the steps in this procedure to configure update settings.

  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 Updates.
    • Scroll down on the right side of the Settings page until you can see the Updates heading.

      The Updates core settings appear.

  3. Click on the setting you want to change.

    The setting you selected becomes editable.

  4. Enter the configuration information as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Update settings information
    Text Box Description
    Check for new updates Select how frequently Rapid Recovery checks for and installs updates. You can choose from the following options:
    • Never
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly

      If you choose automatic updates, after the selected threshold of time passes, if an update is available, it is installed after nightly jobs have completed.

    Install updates Specify the handling of available updates by choosing one of the following options:
    • Never check for updates
    • Notify me about updates, but do not install them automatically
    • Automatically install updates
    Status The status indicates whether any new updates are available.
    Last check The Last check field indicates the date and time the system last checked for an update.

    Click Check Now to immediately verify whether a software update is available. This check occurs regardless of the frequency you have set.

  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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Understanding nightly jobs

Nightly jobs are daily automated tasks that occur at a predetermined time outside of normal business hours. These jobs are memory-intensive, and include various integrity checks and data consolidation tasks that are best conducted when the Rapid Recovery Core is less active.

All the nightly jobs, and the scope for which they can be applied, are described in the following table. Nightly jobs can be managed at the Core level (which applies to all machines protected on the Core). Those nightly jobs which can also be applied for a specific protected machine list the scope as "Protected machine."

Table 1. Nightly jobs information
Job Name Scope Description
[Change] Change N/A This control opens the Nightly Jobs dialog box, where you can enable, disable, or change settings for each nightly job.
Nightly jobs time All This setting represents the time that nightly jobs are scheduled to start running. Dell recommends configuring your Core to run nightly jobs during a time of low activity.

The default time is 12:00 AM.

Rollup Core or protected machine Applies the retention policy to your backed-up data by combining or "rolling up" recovery points on the schedule dictated in the policy. You can customize the policy on the Core, which applies by default to all protected machines. By default, the rollup job is run for the whole Core; or click [Expand] to define which protected machines to roll up using the Core policy.

For more information about using a retention policy on a protected machine that differs from the default policy set in the Core, see Customizing retention policy settings for a protected machine.

Check attachability of SQL databases Protected machine Checks the integrity of recovery points containing SQL databases. Process:
  • Mount the latest recovery point for protection groups containing databases.
  • Connect to the database from SQL Server.
  • Open the database.
  • Close the database.
  • Dismount the recovery point.

    To enable this nightly check, specify a SQL Server instance to use to perform attachability checks for SQL Server databases on protected machines.

    Note: This option does not appear if you are not protecting a SQL Server in your Core.
Download logs from protected machines Core Downloads logs for protected machines to the Core, so they can be sent to a logging server.
Consolidate VMware snapshots for protected virtual machines Core or protected machine This nightly job is relevant if you use native VMware APIs to protect machines without the Rapid Recovery Agent software.

You should periodically consolidate VMware snapshots. Enabling this nightly job lets you perform these consolidations on a daily basis. This nightly job contains one parameter, Maximum simultaneous consolidations, which must be set to a number between 1 and 100.

Check integrity of recovery points Core or protected machine Checks the integrity of recovery points for each protected machine. By default, the Check integrity of recovery points option is not enabled.

Process:

  • Mount the latest recovery point for every protection group.
  • Enumerate the files and folders for each volume.
  • Examines the recovery points to ensure that they are valid.
  • Dismount the recovery point.
Check checksum of Exchange databases Protected machine Checks the integrity of recovery points containing Exchange Database (EDB) files.
Note: This option does not appear if you are not protecting an Exchange Server in your Core.
Truncate SQL logs (simple recovery model only) Protected machine Maintains the size of SQL Server logs by truncating the database transaction log to match the last recovery point.
Note: This option does not appear if you are not protecting a SQL Server in your Core.
Truncate Exchange logs Protected machine Maintains the size of Exchange logs, by truncating the exchange database transaction log to match the last recovery point.
Note: This option does not appear if you are not protecting an Exchange server in your Core.
Log repository statistics Core Sends repository statistics to a logging server.
Delete old events and jobs Core Maintains the scale of the events database by removing old events. The number of days is configurable, defaulting to 30 days.

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Configuring nightly jobs for the Core

When any nightly job option is enabled on the Rapid Recovery Core, the selected job executes once daily at the time specified for all machines that are protected by the Core. Conversely, if you disable any nightly job at the Core level, the specified job no longer executes for all machines protected by the Core.

Note: If the scope of a nightly job, as described in the topic Understanding nightly jobs, includes protected machines, you can configure that nightly job to apply only for one or more specific protected machines individually. For more information about applying nightly job settings specific to a protected machine, see Customizing nightly jobs for a protected machine.

Because nightly jobs are memory-intensive, Dell recommends configuring your Core to execute them during a time of low activity. The default schedule to run nightly jobs is 12:00 am. If another time is more suitable, change this setting in the Nightly Jobs Time field using this procedure.

  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 Nightly Jobs.
    • Scroll down on the right side of the Settings page until you can see the Nightly Jobs heading.

      The Nightly jobs Core settings appear.

  3. To change any nightly job, or to change the time that nightly jobs begin to execute, click [Change] Change.

    The Nightly Jobs dialog box displays.

  4. If you want to change the time nightly jobs execute, enter a new time in the Nightly job times field.
  5. In the first column, click to select each nightly jobs option you want to set for the Core. Click any selected option to clear it.
  6. Click OK.
    The Nightly Jobs dialog box closes and your nightly jobs settings for the Core are saved.

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Modifying transfer queue settings

Transfer queue settings are Core-level settings that establish the maximum number of concurrent transfers and the maximum number of retries for transferring data.

Complete the steps in this procedure to modify transfer queue settings.

  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 Transfer Queue.
    • Scroll down on the right side of the Settings page until you can see the Transfer Queue heading.

      The Transfer Queue core settings appear.

  3. Click on the setting you want to change.

    The setting you selected becomes editable.

  4. Enter the configuration information as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Transfer queue settings information
    Text Box Description
    Maximum Concurrent Transfers Enter a value to update the number of concurrent transfers.

    Set a number from 1 to 60. The smaller the number, the lesser the load on network and other system resources. As the number of agents that are processed increases, so does the load on the system.

    Maximum Retries Enter a value to set the maximum number of attempts before canceling the transfer operation.

    Set a number from 1 to 60.

  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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