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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

Protecting server clusters

This section describes how to protect information on Microsoft SQL Server or Exchange Server clusters using Rapid Recovery.

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About protecting server clusters

In Rapid Recovery, server cluster protection is associated with the Rapid Recovery protected machines installed on individual cluster nodes (that is, individual machines in the cluster) and the Rapid Recovery Core, which protects those machines, all as if they were one composite machine.

You can easily configure a Rapid Recovery Core to protect and manage a cluster. In the Core Console, a cluster is organized as a separate entity, which acts as a container that includes the related nodes. For example, in the left navigation area, under the Protected Machines menu, protected clusters are listed. Directly below each cluster, the associated individual nodes or agent machines appear. Each of these is a protected machine on which the Rapid Recovery Agent software is installed. If you click on the cluster, the Summary page for the cluster appears in the Core Console.

At the Core and cluster levels, you can view information about the cluster, such as the list of related nodes and shared volumes. When showing information for a cluster in the Core Console, you can click Protected Nodes in the top navigation menu to view a summary table of individual nodes in the cluster. From that summary table, for each node, you can perform functions such as forcing a snapshot; performing a one-time export or setting up virtual standby; mounting or viewing recovery points; restoring from a recovery point; converting the cluster node to its own protected machine; or removing the node from protection. If the node is an Exchange or SQL Server, you will also see the option to truncate logs.

At the cluster level, you can also view corresponding Exchange and SQL cluster metadata for the nodes in the cluster. You can specify settings for the entire cluster and the shared volumes in that cluster.

If you click on any node in the cluster from the left navigation menu, the information displayed in the Core Console is specific to that node of the cluster. Here you can view information specific to that node, or configure settings just for that node.

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Supported applications and cluster types

To protect your cluster properly, you must have installed the Rapid Recovery Agent software on each of the machines or nodes in the cluster. Rapid Recovery supports the application versions and cluster configurations listed in the following table.

Table 1. Supported application versions and cluster configurations
Application Application Version and Related Cluster Configuration Windows Failover Cluster
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Single Copy Cluster (SCC)

2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR)

2008, 2008 R2
2010 Database Availability Group (DAG) 2008, 2008 R2
2013 DAG 2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 2008, 2008 R2
2008, 2008 R2 SCC 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
2012, 2014 SCC 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
2012, 2014 Availability Groups 2012, 2012 R2

The supported disk types include:

  • GUID partition table (GPT) disks greater than 2 TB
  • Basic disks

The supported mount types include:

  • Shared drives that are connected as drive letters (for example, D:)
  • Simple dynamic volumes on a single physical disk (not striped, mirrored, or spanned volumes)
  • Shared drives that are connected as mount points

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Support for cluster shared volumes

In Rapid Recovery release 6.x, as in AppAssure release 5.4.x, support for cluster-shared volumes (CSV) is limited to native backup of CSVs running Windows Server 2008 R2. You can also restore CSV volumes running Windows Server 2008 R2 from a recovery point, or perform virtual export to a Hyper-V CSV running Windows Server 2008 R2. You cannot perform virtual export of a cluster-shared volume. New as of Rapid Recovery release 6.0 is the ability to perform virtual export to a Hyper-V CSV running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

For other operating systems, the Rapid Recovery Agent service can be run on all nodes in a cluster, and the cluster can be protected as a cluster within the Rapid Recovery Core; however, CSVs do not display in the Core Console and are not available for protection. All local disks (such as the operating system volume) are available for protection.

The following table depicts current support in Rapid Recovery core for cluster-shared volumes.

Table 1. AppAssure and Rapid Recovery support for cluster-shared volumes
Rapid Recovery Cluster Shared Volumes Support Protect, Replicate, Rollup, Mount, Archive Restore CSV Volumes Virtual Export to 
Hyper-V CSV
Rapid Recovery or AppAssure version 5.3 5.4 6.0 5.3 5.4 6.0 5.3 5.4 6.0
Windows Server 2008 R2 No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Windows Server 2012 No No No No No No No No Yes
Windows Server 2012 R2 No No No No No No No No Yes

While Rapid Recovery may let you protect some other operating systems on cluster-shared volumes, you do so at your own risk. Only the configurations in the table above are supported by Dell.

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