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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

The Rapid Recovery Core Console

The Core Console is the main UI through which users interact with Rapid Recovery. When you log into the Rapid Recovery Core Console, you see the following elements.

Table 1. UI elements included in the Core Console
UI Element Description
Branding area For typical environments, the top left side of the Core Console is branded with the full product name, including the Dell logo. Clicking anywhere on the branding area results in the opening of a new tab in the web browser, displaying product documentation on the Support website.
Button bar The button bar, which appears to the right of the branding area, contains buttons accessible from anywhere in the Core Console. These buttons launch wizards to accomplish common tasks such as protecting a machine; performing a restore from a recovery point; creating, attaching, or importing an archive; or replicating from this source Core to a target Core.

Each button in the button bar is further described in the Table 2 table.

Running tasks count Shows how many jobs are currently running. This value is dynamic based on the system state. When you click the drop-down menu, you see a status summary for all jobs currently running. By clicking the X for any job, you can choose to cancel that job.
Help drop-down menu The Help menu includes the following options:
  • Help. Links to in-product help, which opens in a separate browser window.
  • Documentation. Links to Rapid Recovery technical documentation on the Dell Support website.
  • Support. Links to the Dell Support website, providing access to Live Chat, video tutorials, Rapid Recovery knowledge base articles, frequently asked questions, and more.
  • Quick Start Guide. The Quick Start Guide is a guided flow of suggested tasks to configure and use Rapid Recovery. The guide opens automatically each time you log in to the Core Console, unless you disable this feature. You can also open the Quick Start Guide from the Help menu. For more information about the Quick Start Guide, see Navigating the Core Console.
  • About. Opens the About Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery Core dialog box, including version information and a description of the software.
Server date and time The current time of the machine running the Rapid Recovery Core service appears at the top right of the Core Console. When you hover your mouse over the time, the server date also appears. This is the date and time recorded by the system for events such as logging, scheduling, and reporting. For example, when applying protection schedules, the time displayed on the Core Console is used. This is true even if the time zone is different on the database server or on the client machine where the browser is running.
Icon bar The icon bar includes a graphic representation for major functions accessible in the Core Console. It appears on the left side of the user interface (UI), directly below the branding area. Clicking the appropriate item in the icon bar takes you to the corresponding section of the UI where you can manage that function.

Each of the icons in the icon bar is further described in the Table 3 table.

Left navigation area The left navigation area appears on the left side of the user interface, below the icon bar.
  • The left navigation area contains the text filter and the Protected Machines menu.
  • If you have added replication to this Core, then this area contains a Replicated Machines menu.
  • If you have any machines that were removed from protection but for which recovery points were saved, then this area contains a Recovery Points Only menu.
  • If you added any custom groups, then this area contains a Custom Group menu.
  • If you attached an archive, then this area contains an attached archives menu.

You can toggle the appearance of the left navigation area on and off. This is helpful when you need to see more content in the main navigation area of the UI. To hide this section, click the gray border between the left navigation and main navigation areas. To show this UI element once more, click the gray border again.

Each of the elements in the left navigation area are further described in the Table 4 table.

Context-sensitive help [Help from Core Console]

[Help from wizard]

From the Rapid Recovery Core Console, each time you click the Help icon (a blue question mark), a resizable browser window opens with two frames. The left frame contains a navigation tree showing topics from the Dell Rapid Recovery User Guide. The right frame displays content for the selected help topic. At any given time, the help navigation tree expands to show the location in its hierarchy for the selected topic. You can browse through all User Guide topics using this context-sensitive help feature. Close the browser when you are done browsing topics.

You can also open help from the Help option of the Help menu.

Details about the button bar appear in the following table.

Table 2. Button bar buttons and menus
UI Element Description
Button bar: Protect button and menu [Protect button] The Protect button launches the Protect Machine Wizard, from which you can protect a single machine in the Rapid Recovery Core. Additionally, for other protection options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.
  • The Protect Machine option is another method to launch the Protect Machine Wizard to protect a single machine.
  • The Protect Cluster option allows you to connect to a server cluster.
  • The Protect Multiple Machines option opens the Protect Multiple Machines Wizard to allow you to protect two or more machines simultaneously.
  • The Deploy Agent Software option lets you install the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines simultaneously. This function uses the Deploy Agent Software Wizard.
Button bar: Restore button and menu [Restore button] The Restore button opens the Restore Machine Wizard to allow you to restore data from recovery points saved from a protected machine.

Additionally for other restore or export options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.

  • The Restore Machine option is another method to launch the Restore Machine Wizard to restore data.
  • The Mount Recovery Point option launches the Mount Wizard, which lets you mount recovery points from a protected machine.
  • The VM Export option opens the Export Wizard. From this wizard you can create a virtual machine from recovery points saved in the Rapid Recovery Core. You have the option of creating a one-time export, or you can define parameters for a VM that is continually updated after every snapshot for a protected machine.
Button bar: Archive button and menu [Archive button] The Archive button opens the Archive Wizard. From this wizard you can create a one-time archive from selected recovery points, or you can create an archive and continually save to that archive based on a schedule you define.

Additionally for other archive options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.

  • The Create Archive option is another method to launch the Create Archive Wizard to create a one-time archive or to archive continually.
  • The Import Archive option launches the Import Archive Wizard, which lets you import an archive.
  • The Attach Archive option mounts an archive so you can read the contents as a file system.
Button bar: Replication button [Replicate button] The Replication button opens the Replication Wizard. From this wizard you can specify a target Core, select machines protected on your source Core, and replicate recovery points from selected machines to the target Core in the repository you specify.

You can pause replication when defining it, or you can have replication begin immediately.

Additionally, you can specify whether a seed drive will be used to copy data for existing recovery points to the target Core.

Details about the icon bar appear in the following table.

Table 3. Icon bar
UI Element Description
Icon bar The icon bar includes a graphic representation for major functions accessible in the Core Console. Clicking the appropriate item takes you to the corresponding section of the user interface where you can manage that function. Icons in the icon bar include:
Icon bar: Home icon [Home icon] Home. Click the Home icon to navigate to the Core Home page.
Icon bar: Replication icon [Replication icon] Replication. Click the Replication icon to view or manage incoming or outgoing replication.
Icon bar: Virtual Standby icon [Virtual Standby icon] Virtual Standby. Click the Virtual Standby icon to export information from a recovery point to a bootable virtual machine.
Icon bar: Events icon [Events icon] Events. Click the Events icon to view a log of all system events related to the Rapid Recovery Core.
Icon bar: Settings icon [Settings icon] Settings. Click the Settings icon to view or manage settings for the Rapid Recovery Core. You can back up or restore Core configuration settings. You can set general settings to control ports or display aspects. Additionally, you can configure settings in the following categories: automatic updates; nightly jobs; transfer queue settings; client timeout settings; DVM deduplication cache settings; Replay engine settings; and deploy settings. You can view or change database connections; SMTP server settings; cloud storage accounts; and change font settings for reports. You can set SQL attachability settings; core job settings; license settings; SNMP settings; and vSphere settings.
Icon bar: More icon [More icon] More. Click the More icon to access other important features. Each has its own icon, listed below.
Icon bar: More icon System Info [System Information] System Info. Click System Info to display data about the Rapid Recovery Core server. You can see the host name, OS, architecture and memory for the Core. You can see the name displayed on the Core Console. You can also view the fully qualified domain name of the Core on your network, and the path for your cache metadata and deduplication caches.

For more information about changing the display name, see Understanding system information for the Core.

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.

Icon bar: More icon Archives [Archive icon] Archives. Rapid Recovery lets you manage archives of information from the Core. You can view information about scheduled or attached archives, and you can add, check, or import archives.
Icon bar: More icon Mounts [Mount icon] Mounts. Lets you view and dismount local mounts, and view and disconnect remote mounts.
Icon bar: More icon Boot CDs [Boot CDs] Boot CDs. Lets you manage boot CDs, typically used for a bare metal restore (BMR). You can create a boot CD ISO image, delete an existing image, or click the path for the image to open or save it.
Icon bar: More icon Repositories [Repositories icon] Repositories. Lets you view and manage repositories associated with your Core.
Icon bar: More icon Encryption Keys [Encryption keys icon] Encryption Keys. Lets you view, manage, import, or add encryption keys that you can apply to protected machines. If not being used, you can delete encryption keys.
Icon bar: More icon Clouds [Cloud accounts icon] Clouds. Lets you view and manage connections between your Core and Cloud storage accounts.
Icon bar: More icon Retention Policy [Retention policies icon] Retention Policy. Lets you view and modify the Core retention policy, including how long to keep recovery points before rolling them up and eventually deleting them.
Icon bar: More icon Notifications [Notifications icon] Notifications. Lets you configure notifications about Core events, define SMTP server settings to email notifications, and set repetition reduction to suppress repeated notifications about the same event.
Icon bar: More icon Downloads [Downloads icon] Downloads. You can download the Agent software web installer, the Local Mount Utility, or MIB files containing event information to use in an SNMP browser.
Icon bar: More icon Reports [Reports icon] Reports. Lets you access Core reports or schedule reports to generate on an ongoing basis.
Icon bar: More icon Core Log [Core log icon] Core Log. Lets you download Core log file for diagnostic purposes.

Details about the elements in the left navigation area appear in the following table.

Table 4. Left navigation area and menus
UI Element Description
Machines menus text filter [Text filter] The text filter is a text field that lets you filter the items displayed in the Protected Machines, Replicated Machines, and Recovery-Point Only machines menus. If you type your criteria in this filter, then only the machines that meet your criteria display in the appropriate menus.
Expand and contract details [Expand and contract icon] Click the arrow to the right of the text filter to expand and contract detail for the Protected Machines, Replicated Machines, and Recovery-Point Only machines menus.
Protected Machines menu [Protected machine icon]

[Protected VM]

[Protected vCenter]

The Protected Machines menu appears in the left navigation area of the UI. In this menu, you can view any protected machines, protected clusters, or replicated machines configured in your Core. If you have any protected groups or recovery point-only machines, these also appear as part of this menu.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the protected machines in your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

The icon displayed portrays the machine type:

  • A simple machine icon portrays a physical machine or a protected VM with Rapid Recovery Agent software installed.
  • A multi-machine icon portrays a protected cluster.
  • A hollow double-machine icon portrays a VMware VM using agentless protection.
  • A hollow triple-machine icon portrays a VMware vCenter host.

If you click the Protected Machines menu, a Protected Machines page appears, showing all protected machines on this Core in the Protected Machines pane. For more information, see Viewing the Protected Machines menu.

Replicated Machines menu If replicating machines from another Rapid Recovery Core, the name of that Core appears as a separate menu under the Protected Machines menu. Each machine replicated on this target core from the listed source core appears under this menu.

For each replicated machine, the icon indicates the type of machine being replicated. For example, if replicating a single machine, the icon shows one machine. If replicating a server cluster, the icon represents a cluster.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of these replicated machines by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Replicated Machines menu, you can perform actions on all replicated machines.

If you click the Replicated Machines menu, the Machines tab appears, showing all replicated machines on this Core in the Replicated Machines pane. For more information, see Viewing replicated machines from the navigation menu.

Recovery Points Only menu If any machines previously protected on the Core were removed from protection, but the recovery points were not deleted, then the Recovery Points Only menu appears. Each of the formerly protected machines with retained recovery points displays in this list.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the recovery points-only machines by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Recovery Points Only menu, you can remove the recovery points for all the recovery-points only machines on this Core.

If you click the Recovery Points Only menu, the Machines tab appears, showing the machines from which the recovery points were saved. For more information, see Viewing the Recovery Points Only menu.

Custom Groups menu If your Core includes any custom groups, then the left navigation area includes a Custom Group menu. Each of the objects in that custom group displays in this list.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the custom groups in your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Custom Groups menu, you can perform actions for like items in the group.

If you click the Custom Groups menu, the Machines tab appears, showing a pane for each of the Rapid Recovery objects that appear in your group: protected machines, replicated machines, and recovery points-only machines. For more information, see Viewing the Custom Groups menu.

Attached archives menu [Archive] If you attached any archives to your Core, then the left navigation area includes a menu for each attached archive. Each of the protected machines included in the archive displays in this list. The menu label uses the name specified when the archive was saved.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the archives attached to your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the attached archives menu, you can perform actions for like items in the group.

If you click the attached archives menu, the Machines tab appears, showing a pane for each of the Rapid Recovery objects that appear in your group: protected machines, replicated machines, and recovery points-only machines. For more information, see Viewing the Custom Groups menu.


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Accessing the Rapid Recovery Core Console

Complete the following steps to access the Rapid Recovery Core Console.

Perform one of the following to access the Rapid Recovery Core Console:
  1. Log in locally to your Rapid Recovery Core server, and then double click the Core Console icon.
  2. Or, type one of the following URLs in your web browser:
    • https://<yourCoreServerName>:8006/apprecovery/admin/ or
    • https://<yourCoreServerIPaddress>:8006/apprecovery/admin/
    Note: Because the Rapid Recovery Core Console UI depends JavaScript, the web browser you use to access the Core Console must have JavaScript enabled.

    If you have changed the default port for the Rapid Recovery service, update the port in the preceding URL accordingly.


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Navigating the Core Console

When you log into the Core Console, and any time you click the Home [Home] icon, the Home page appears. The Home page gives you a view of your Rapid Recovery Core, with two options. In the main viewing area, the default content is the new Core dashboard, which displays a set of real-time reports on your system. Default dashboard reports include recent transfer job status, per machine transfer, a repository overview, and connectivity state for protected, replicated, and recovery points-only machines. Or you can switch to the classic Summary Tables view. In this view, the title of the page shows the display name of your Rapid Recovery Core, and you can see summary tables showing protected machines, repositories, and recent alerts. For more information, see Understanding the Home page (summary tables view) and Understanding the Core dashboard, respectively.

On the Home page (and on every page in the Core Console), the left navigation area shows the items that are protected on your Core. You can navigate to other pages in the UI by doing one of the following:

  • Clicking the corresponding icon from the icon bar in the left navigation area. The options accessible from the icon bar include Replication, Virtual Standby, Events, Settings, and More.
  • Expanding the [More] (More) menu on the icon bar, and then selecting a destination
  • Clicking a button or menu option from the button bar. Buttons include Protect, Restore, Archive, and Replicate.

When you select an item from the left navigation area, the focus of the Core Console changes to display summary information about that item. For example, if you click the name of a protected machine, the Core console displays information about that machine only, rather than the Core. In this example, the display name of the protected machine appears as the title of the page. A submenu appears to the right, letting you view specific information about the protected machine. The menu options include: Summary, Recovery Points, Events, Settings, Reports, and More.

To return to viewing information about the Core, including dashboard reports, or a summary view of multiple protected or replicated machines, click on the Home [Home] icon on the top left of the UI. On the Home page, you can toggle between the dashboard view and the summary page view by clicking the red link at the top right of the page.

You can use the title at the top of the Core Console to provide context for the information you are viewing in the Core. For example:

  • Any time you see the display name or IP address of the Core as the page title, you are viewing summary information about the Core.
  • If the title is Dashboard, you are viewing the Core dashboard.
  • If you see the display name or IP address of a protected machine, or a Summary pane at the top of a page, you are viewing information about a single machine protected by or replicated in the Core.
  • If you see the title Protected Machines, you are viewing information about all of the machines protected in the Rapid Recovery Core.
  • If you see the title Machines replicated from..., you are viewing information about all of the machines replicated in the Rapid Recovery Core.
  • If you see the page title Recovery Points Only, you are viewing information about all of the recover points-only machines on this Core.

For information about the features and functions available from each page, see the appropriate section below.

For more information about viewing protected machines, see Viewing the Protected Machines menu. For more information on managing protected machines, see Managing protected machines.

For more information about viewing replicated machines, see Viewing incoming and outgoing replication.

For more information about viewing recovery-points only machines, see Viewing the Recovery Points Only menu


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Understanding the left navigation area

The left navigation area of the Core Console appears on the left side of that user interface. The contents of this navigation area may differ based on the type of objects protected in your Rapid Recovery Core.

The left navigation area always contains the following:

  • Icon bar. For navigation among the main pages of the Core Console.
  • Text filter. The text filter is a text field that lets you filter the items displayed in the various menus that appear below it. Clicking the arrow to the right of the text filter expands and collapses each of the menus appearing below it.
Following these elements, the left navigation area typically displays menus to help you navigate, filter, and view the objects protected on your Core. This includes protected machines, replicated machines, and so on.

The full set of menus that may appear in the left navigation area are described in the following table:

Table 1. Left navigation menu options
UI Element Description

Protected Machines menu

The Protected Machines menu appears as the first menu in the left navigation area, if one or more machines is protected in your Core.

If you click a specific machine name shown in this pane, a Summary page appears, showing summary information for the selected machine. For more information on what you can accomplish on the Summary page, see Viewing summary information for a protected machine.

Replicated machines menu

If you see the name of another Rapid Recovery Core as a top-level navigation menu, then the Core on which you are viewing the Core Console is a target Core. The menu is named after the source Core, and each machine listed under it represents a machine from that source Core that is replicated on this target.

If this target Core replicates recovery points from more than one source Core, each source Core appears as its own navigable menu in the left navigation area.

If you click a specific machine name shown in a replicated machines menu, a Summary page appears, showing summary information for the selected replicated machine.

For more information about replication, see Understanding replication.

Recovery Points Only menu

If you see a RECOVERY POINTS ONLY menu, your Core retains recovery points for a machine it once protected or replicated. While that machine is no longer continuing to capture new snapshots, the recovery points previously captured on your Core remain. These recovery points can be used for file-level recovery, but cannot be used for bare metal restore, for restoring entire volumes, or for adding snapshot data.

Custom groups menu

If you created any custom groups, a custom group menu appears in the navigation menu. Custom groups are logical containers used to group machines together (for example, by function, or organization, or by geographic location). Custom groups can contain heterogeneous objects (protected machines, replicated machines, and so on). You can define the label for a custom group; like other menus, the name appears in the menu in all upper-case letters.

You can perform actions for like items in a custom group by clicking the arrow to the right of the custom group title. For example, you can force a snapshot for every protected machine in a custom group.

For more information about creating and managing custom groups, see Understanding custom groups.

Attached archives menu

If you attach any archives to your Core, each archive is listed in the left navigation menu. Its label is the name of the archive. Contained in this list is each machine included in the archive.

Each menu is context-sensitive; that is, each menu only appears in the Core Console if it is relevant. For example, if you protect at least one machine, the Protected Machines menu appears, and so on.


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