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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

Viewing the Rapid Recovery Core Console Home page

Each time you log into the Rapid Recovery Core Console, or each time you click on the Home [Home] icon in the icon bar, the Home page appears.

The Home page of the Core Console offers a new dashboard view, and the familiar summary tables view. The dashboard is the default view.

You can toggle between views on the Home page by clicking the red link at the top right of the Home page.

From the Home page, and every other page of the Core Console, you can navigate to the functions you want by using the left navigation area.

For more information, see the following topics:


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Understanding the Home page (summary tables view)

The Home page is only applicable to the Core. In the dashboard view, it shows real-time graphical reports. When you switch to the summary tables view, the Home page displays all of the machines the Core protects or replicates, the repositories associated with your Core, and alerts for machines on this Core.

The view of each pane on the Home page can be expanded or contracted. For example, if you click the [Contract view] (contract view) icon at the top right-hand side of the Protected Machines pane, the view of protected machines contracts, and only the name of the pane is visible. To expand the view to see all protected machines again, click the [Expand view] (expand view) icon.

The following table describes the various elements on the Home page when in the summary tables view.

Table 1. Home page options
UI Element Description

Protected Machines

The Protected Machines pane lists the machines that this Core protects. This pane appears regardless of whether any machines have been added to your Core for protection.

This section includes the following information for each protected machine:

  • Machine type. An icon shows whether the machine is a physical machine, virtual machine, or a protected cluster.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the protected machine is accessible, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the protected machine.
  • Repository Name. The name of the repository storing the recovery points for that machine.
  • Last Snapshot. The date and time on which Rapid Recovery took the most recent recovery point snapshot for that machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each protected machine.
  • Version. The version of the Rapid Recovery Agent software installed on that machine.

If you click on 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

The Replicated Machines pane lists any machines that this Core replicates from another Core. This pane does not appear unless your Core replicates machines from another Core.

This section includes the following information for each replicated machine:

  • Machine type. An icon shows whether the machine is a physical machine, virtual machine, or a protected cluster.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the replicated machine is accessible, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the replicated machine.
  • Replication Name. The display name of the originating source Core for any machines you replicate on this target Core. You can define this name when setting up replication.
  • Repository Name. The name of the repository storing the recovery points for that machine.
  • Last Replicated Snapshot. The date and time on which Rapid Recovery took the most recent replica of the original protected machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each replicated machine.
  • Version. The version of the Rapid Recovery Agent software installed on that machine.

If you click on a specific machine name shown in this pane, the Summary tab appears, showing summary information for that replicated machine.

Recovery Points Only Machines

The Recovery Points Only Machines pane lists any machines that were removed from protection or replication, if the recovery points have been retained. These machines can be used for file-level recovery, but cannot be used for bare metal restore, for restoring entire volumes, or for adding snapshot data. This pane does not appear unless you have any machines that meet this definition.

This section includes the following information for each recovery points only machine:

  • Machine type. An icon shows whether the machine is a physical machine, virtual machine, or a protected cluster.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the recovery points only machine is accessible, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the machine for which you kept recovery points.
  • Repository Name. The name of the repository storing the remaining recovery points for that machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each recovery points-only machine.

If you click on a specific machine name shown in this pane, the Summary tab appears for this recovery points only machine.

DVM Repositories

This pane appears for the DL1000, regardless of whether any DVM repositories have been created. This pane does not appear unless your Core has one or more DVM repository.

It includes the following information for each DVM repository:

  • Type. An icon depicts a repository.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the repository is mounted and can accept recovery point transfers, or is unreachable, or in an error state.
  • Repository Name. The display name of the repository.
  • Space Usage.The total amount of space used in the repository, and the size of the storage volume or extent.
  • Protected Data. The amount of used space in the repository.
  • Machines. The number of machines for which the repository stores recovery points.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository.
  • Compression Ratio. The rate at which the repository compresses the protected data to save space.

    For more information, see Understanding repositories.

Alerts

This section lists the important alerts for the Core and every machine it protects. The section includes the following information:

  • Icons. The column of icons indicates the nature of the alert. These include informational messages, errors
  • Date. Displays the date and time of when Rapid Recovery issued the alert.
  • Message. Describes the alert.

    You can also see these details on the Core Events page. For more information, see Viewing events using tasks, alerts, and journal.


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Understanding the Core dashboard

The Core dashboard displays of a set of real-time graphical reports of data relevant to your Core and the machines you protect. The dashboard includes the following reports:

  • Transfer Job. This report shows all snapshot data transfers (including base images and incremental snapshots) that completed in the last 24 hours. Snapshots include base images and incremental snapshots. This dashboard report appears as a circle graph.
  • Transfer Job per Machine. This job shows, by protected machine, the number of successful and failed transfer jobs in the last 24 hours. This dashboard report appears as a line graph.
  • Repository. This report shows the repositories associated with your Core. It shows the number of repositories, how many machines are protected in each, the number of recovery points and the percentage of compression or deduplication. This report is refreshed every minute.
  • Machine Connectivity. This report shows the connectivity state of machines protected and replicated on your Core. It also shows connectivity for data on recovery points-only machine.

You can collapse or expand the view of any reports on the dashboard by clicking the up or down arrow in the header of the report. Some dashboard reports (machine connectivity and repository) have a plus sign next to the arrow, from which you can add another protected machine or another repository, respectively.

You can also drag and drop to move the location of one of the reports elsewhere on the dashboard, to order the reports in a manner most effective for your use.


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Using the Error dialog box

When an error occurs in the Rapid RecoveryRapid Recovery Core Console user interface, such as trying to enter an invalid parameter, an Error dialog box appears. The dialog box typically indicates the cause of the error, includes some links to provide more information about the error, and includes a Close button. You must close the Error dialog box before you continue, but you may want to view more information about the error.

In the Error dialog box, choose from the following options:

User interface errors that cause the Error dialog box to appear are not tracked in Rapid Recovery events tab, since they are simply validation or data entry errors. However, when you click the Search Knowledge Base option for any error, then the URL link provided for that error is recorded to the CoreAppRecovery.log file. You can search the log for the text string “KB article url generated” to see the URL for each error that was viewed in a browser. For more information on downloading or viewing Core error logs, see the topics Downloading and viewing the Core log file or Accessing Core logs, respectively.


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