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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

Exporting data to a virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data from your Windows or Linux protected machines to a virtual machine (VMware, ESXi, Hyper-V, and VirtualBox).

A virtual export includes all of the backup information from a recovery point, as well as the operating system and settings for the protected machine.

Note: VirtualBox Version 4.2.18 or higher is supported. VirtualBox export of a Windows 10 protected machine is not currently supported.

For more information about virtual export, see About exporting to virtual machines with Rapid Recovery.


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Exporting data to an ESXi virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data to ESXi by performing a one-time export, or by establishing a continual export (for virtual standby). Complete the steps in the following procedures for the appropriate type of export.


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Performing a one-time ESXi export

Complete the steps in this procedure to perform a one-time export to ESXi.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, in the button bar, click the Restore drop-down menu, and then click VM Export.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select One-time Export.
  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Machines page, select the protected machine that you want to export.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Recovery Points page, select the recovery point that you want to use for the export.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Destination page in the Export Wizard, in the Recover to Virtual machine drop-down menu, select ESX(i).
  9. Enter the parameters for accessing the virtual machine as described in the following table, and then click Next.
    Table 1. Virtual machine parameters
    Options Description
    Host name Enter a name for the host machine.
    Port Enter the port for the host machine. The default is 443.
    User name Enter the user name for logging on to the host machine.
    Password Enter the password for logging on to the host machine.
  10. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the information described in the following table.
    Table 2. Virtual machine options
    Option Description
    Resource pool Select a resource pool from the drop-down list.
    VM configuration location Select a data store from the drop-down list.
    Virtual machine name Enter a name for the virtual machine.
    Memory Specify the memory usage for the virtual machine by clicking one of the following:
    • Use the same amount of RAM as source machine
    • Use a specific amount of RAM, and then specify the amount in MB

      The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors The number of processors (CPUs) you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.
    Cores per processor The number of cores you want to have for each processor. The minimum is 1.
    Disk provisioning Select the type of disk provisioning from the following options:
    • Thin. Thin provisioning creates a virtual disk the size of the used space on the original volumes, rather than the entire volume size. For example, if the original volume is 1 TB, but contains only 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 2 GB.
    • Thick. Thick provisioning creates a new disk or volume that is the same size as the original volume from the protected server, even if only a portion of the original volume is being used. For example, if the volume is 1 TB large but contains only 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 1 TB.
    Disk mapping Specify the type of disk mapping from the following options:
    • Automatic
    • Manual
    • With VM
    Version Select the version of of ESXi being used to create the virtual machine from the drop-down list.
  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Volumes page, select the volumes you want to export, and then click Next.
  13. On the Summary page, click Finish to complete the wizard and start the export.
    Note: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

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Performing a continual (Virtual Standby) ESXi export

Complete the steps in this procedure to perform a continual export to an ESXi virtual machine (VM) using Rapid Recovery.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, do one of the following:
    • From the Core Console, in the button bar, click the [Restore] Restore drop-down menu, and then select VM Export.
      1. In the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select Continuous (Virtual Standby).
      2. Click Next.
    • From the Core Console, in the icon bar, click [Virtual Standby] (Virtual Standby).
      • On the Virtual Standby page, click Add to launch the Virtual Machine Export Wizard.
  2. On the Machines page of the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select the protected machine that you want to export.
  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Recovery Points page, select the recovery point that you want to use for the export.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Destination page of the Export Wizard, in the Recover to a Virtual Machine drop-down menu, select ESXi.
  7. Enter the information for accessing the virtual machine as described in the following table, and then click Next.
    Table 1. ESXi credentials
    Option Description
    Host name Enter a name for the host machine.
    Port Enter the port for the host machine. The default is 443.
    User name Enter the logon credentials for the host machine.
    Password Enter the logon credentials for the host machine.
  8. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the information described in the following table.
    Table 2. Virtual machine options
    Option Description
    Resource Pool Select a resource pool from the drop-down list.
    Data Store Select a data store from the drop-down list.
    Virtual Machine Name Enter a name for the Virtual Machine.
    Memory Specify the memory usage for the virtual machine by clicking one of the following:
    • Use the same amount of RAM as source machine
    • Use a specific amount of RAM, and then specify the amount in MB

      The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors The number of processors (CPUs) you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.
    Cores per processor The number of cores you want to have for each processor. The minimum is 1.
    Disk Provisioning Select the type of disk provisioning from the following options:
    • Thin. Thin provisioning creates a virtual disk the size of the used space on the original volumes, rather than the entire volume size. For example, if the original volume is 1 TB, but contains only 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 2 GB.
    • Thick. Thick provisioning creates a new disk or volume that is the same size as the original volume from the protected server, even if only a portion of the original volume is being used. For example, if the volume is 1 TB large but contains 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 1 TB.
    Disk Mapping Specify the type of disk mapping as appropriate (Automatic, Manual, or with VM).
    Version Select the version of the virtual machine.
    Perform initial one-time export Select to perform the virtual export immediately instead of after the next scheduled snapshot (optional)
  9. Click Next.
  10. On the Volumes page, select the volumes you want to export, and then click Next.
  11. On the Summary page, click Finish to complete the wizard and start the export.
    Note: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

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