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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

Downloading the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer

Download the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer and deploy it to any machine that you want to protect on the Rapid Recovery Core. Complete the steps in this procedure to download the web installer.

  1. To download the Agent web installer directly from the machine you want to protect, do the following:
    1. In a web browser, open the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery License Portal at https://licenseportal.com.
    2. From the left navigation menu, click Downloads.
    3. From the Windows-Based Applications pane, scroll down to the Windows Agent row, and click Download for the appropriate installer (32-bit or 64-bit systems).
      The installer file, for example Agent-X64-6.0.1.xxxx.exe, saves to the downloads destination folder.
  2. To download the web installer from the Core, on the Core Console icon bar, click the [More]More icon and then select Downloads.
  3. On the Downloads page, from the Agent pane, click Download web installer.
  4. From the Opening Agent-Web.exe dialog box, click Save File.
    The installer file, for example Agent-X64-6.0.1.xxxx.exe, saves to the downloads destination folder.
  5. Move the installer to the appropriate machine and install the Rapid Recovery Agent software.

    For more information about installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software, see the Rapid Recovery Installation and Upgrade Guide.


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Deploying Agent to multiple machines simultaneously from the Core Console

You can deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software simultaneously to multiple Windows machines. The machines can be part of an Active Directory domain or vCenter or ESX(i) virtual host; or they can be machines already protected by the local Rapid Recovery Core, as in the case of a Rapid Recovery Agent software upgrade. You also have the option to manually deploy the software to machines that are not necessarily associated with a specific domain or host.

Deploying the Rapid Recovery Agent software does not protect the machines automatically. After deploying, you must then select the Protect Multiple Machines option from the button bar of the Core Console.

Note: The feature in which you deploy to multiple machines simultaneously was previously referred to as "bulk deploy". The feature in which you protect multiple machines simultaneously was previously referred to as "bulk protect". Both of these features require the use of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and therefore can only be used to deploy to and protect Windows machines. For information about installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software on a Linux machine, see the Rapid Recovery Installation and Upgrade Guide.

To deploy and protect multiple machines simultaneously, perform the following tasks:


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Deploying the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines

You can simplify the task of deploying the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more Windows machines by using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard.

Note: In the past, this feature was referred to as "bulk deploy."

When you use the Deploy Agent Software Wizard, Rapid Recovery can automatically detect machines on a host and let you select the machines to which you want to deploy. For machines on domains or hosts other than Active Directory or vCenter or ESX(i), you can manually connect to individual machines by using their IP addresses and the appropriate credentials. You can also push upgrades of the software to machines that the local Rapid Recovery Core already protects.

From within the Core Console, you can complete any of the following tasks:

Note: Dell recommends limiting the number of machines to which you deploy simultaneously to 50 or fewer, to preclude experiencing resource constraints that may cause the deploy operation to fail.
Note: The target machines must have internet access to download and install bits, because Rapid Recovery uses the web version of the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer to deploy the installation components. If internet access is unavailable, use the Core Console to download the installer to a medium, such as a USB drive, and then physically install the software on the machines that you want to protect. For more information, see Downloading the Rapid Recovery Agent Installer.

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Deploying to machines on an Active Directory domain

Use this procedure to simultaneously deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines on an Active Directory domain.

Before you begin this procedure, have the domain information and logon credentials for the Active Directory server on hand.
  1. On the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the Protect drop-down menu, and then click Deploy Agent Software.
    The Deploy Agent Software Wizard opens.
  2. On the Connection page of the wizard, from the Source drop-down list, select Active Directory.
  3. Enter the domain information and logon credentials as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Domain information and credentials
    Text Box Description
    Host The host name or IP address of the Active Directory domain.
    User name The user name used to connect to the domain; for example, Administrator or, if the machine is in a domain, [domain name]\Administrator).
    Password The secure password used to connect to the domain.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Machines page, select the machines to which you want to deploy the Rapid Recovery Agent software.
  6. Optionally, to automatically restart the protected machines after the Agent is installed, select After Agent installation, restart the machines automatically (Recommended).
  7. Click Finish.
    The system automatically verifies each machine that you selected.

    If Rapid Recovery detects any concerns during automatic verification, the wizard progresses to a Warnings page, where you can clear machines from selection and manually verify the selected machines. If the machines you added pass the automatic verification, they appear on the Deploy Agent to Machines pane.

  8. If the Warning page appeared and you are still satisfied with your selections, click Finish again.
The Rapid Recovery Agent software deploys to the specified machines. The machines are not yet protected. Protection begins after you complete Protecting multiple machines on an Active Directory domain.

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