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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 Protected Machines pane

The Protected Machines pane contains information about all machines protected on this Rapid Recovery Core. For each protected machine (if any are protected yet), you see listed in the grid the information described in the following table.

Table 1. Information about each protected machine
UI Element Description
Select item For each row in the summary table, you can select the checkbox to perform actions from the list of menu options above the table.
Type Shows the machine type.
Status indicator Colored circles in the Status column show whether a machine is online or unreachable. If you hover the cursor over the colored circle, the status condition is displayed. Status conditions include green (online and protected), yellow (paused protection), red (authentication error), and gray (offline or unreachable).
Encryption status The lock icon indicates encryption status for the selected protected machine. An open lock indicates no encryption; a closed lock indicates that encryption keys are established. For more information on encryption, see Working with encryption keys.
Display name The display name of the protected machine.
Last snapshot Lists the date and time of the last backup transfer of this machine.
Repository Name Lists the repository into which data for this machine are stored.
Recovery Points Lists the number of recovery points and how much space they take in the repository.
Version The version of the Rapid Recovery Agent software loaded on the machine.
Actions When you click the Settings drop-down menu in this column, you see a list of actions to perform specifically on the selected protected machine.

If any of the machines protected in this Core are configured for virtual standby, then you will see additional information as described in the following table.

Table 2. Information about protected machines configured for virtual standby
UI Element Description
Last export The date and time of the last virtual export.
Destination The destination for saving the protected machine as a virtual machine. For example, ESXi, VMware Workstation, Hyper-V, or VirtualBox.
Status Status of machine configured for virtual standby. Status conditions include “In Sync,” “Paused,” and “Not enabled.”

From the Actions drop-down menu of the Protected Machines pane, you can perform the actions described in the following table. Some options appear only for an Exchange server or SQL server, as indicated

Table 3. Actions available in the Protected Machines pane
UI Element Description
Force Snapshot Lets you force an incremental snapshot or a base image for all protected volumes on the selected protected machines. For more information, see Forcing a snapshot.
One-time Export Launches the Virtual Machine Export Wizard. This Wizard let you perform a one-time export of recovery point data from a protected machine to a virtual machine in any supported VM format. For more information, see Exporting protected data to virtual machines.
Virtual Standby Launches the Virtual Machine Export Wizard. This Wizard let you perform a virtual standby for continual export of recovery point data from a protected machine to a virtual machine in any supported VM format. For more information, see Exporting protected data to virtual machines.
Mount Launches the Mount Wizard. This Wizard let you mount recovery points from the selected protected machine.
Recovery Points Opens the Recovery Points Summary page.
Restore Launches the Restore Machine Wizard. This process lets you restore data from recovery point on the Core to a protected machine. For more information, see About restoring volumes from a recovery point.
Remove Machine Removes the selected machine from protection on the Rapid Recovery Core, letting you choose to either delete or retain the recovery points already on the Rapid Recovery Core. For more information, see Removing a machine.

You can perform actions on two or more of the machines listed in the protected machines grid. To perform actions on multiple machines, select the checkbox for each protected machine. Then, from the menu above the summary table, you can perform any of the actions described in the following table.

Table 4. Additional actions available in the Protected Machines pane when machines are selected
UI Element Description
Force Snapshot Lets you force an incremental snapshot for all protected volumes on the selected protected machines. For more information, see Forcing a snapshot.
Force Base Image Lets you force a base image for all protected volumes on the selected protected machines. For more information, see Forcing a snapshot.
Protection > Pause or Resume Lets you pause protection for the selected machines (if protection is active), or lets you resume protection for the selected machines (if protection is paused). For more information, see Pausing and resuming protection.
Replication Lets you enable, force, copy, pause, or resume replication. You can also copy existing recovery points to a seed drive. For more information, see Managing replication settings.
Cancel Lets you cancel all currently active operations for the selected machines, or lets you cancel snapshots only that are currently taking place for the selected machines. This does not affect operations scheduled for the future.
Remove Machines Removes the selected machine from protection on the Rapid Recovery Core, letting you choose to either delete or retain the recovery points already on the Rapid Recovery Core. For more information, see Removing a machine.

From the Configuration drop-down menu for each protected machine, you can perform the actions listed in the following table. Some options appear only for an Exchange server or SQL server, as indicated.

Table 5. Actions available in the Protected Machines pane
UI Element Description
Force Snapshot Lets you force an incremental snapshot or a base image for one or more volumes on the selected machine. For more information, see Forcing a snapshot.
Force Log Truncation for Exchange For a protected Exchange Server machine, forces truncation of the Exchange logs, which frees up space on the Exchange server. For more information, see Forcing log truncation for a SQL machine.
Force Log Truncation for SQL For a protected SQL Server machine, forces truncation of the SQL Server logs, which identifies free space on the SQL server. For more information, see Forcing log truncation for a SQL machine.
Export Launches the Export Wizard. This Wizard let you export recovery point data from a protected machine to a virtual machine in any supported VM format. You can perform a one-time export or set up virtual standby for continual exports. For more information, see Exporting protected data to virtual machines.
Mount Opens the Mount Recovery Point dialog box, which allows you to browse through snapshot data saved the Rapid Recovery Core to mount a specific recovery point. For more information, see Mounting a recovery point or Mounting a recovery point volume on a Linux machine respectively.
Recovery Points Opens the Recovery Points tab for the selected agent machine. For more information, see Managing snapshots and recovery points.
Restore Launches the Restore Machine Wizard. This process lets you restore data from recovery point on the Core to a protected machine. For more information, see About restoring volumes from a recovery point.
Remove Machine Removes the selected machine from protection on the Rapid Recovery Core, letting you choose to either delete or retain the recovery points already on the Rapid Recovery Core. For more information, see Removing a machine.

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Viewing summary information for a protected machine

When you click the name of a protected machine in the Core Console, the Summary page appears. On this page, at minimum, is a Summary pane, and a Volumes pane. If a machine is added to replication, a Replication pane also appears.

If you have one or more protected Exchange servers, you will also see an Exchange Server Information pane that contains information about your protected Exchange server.

If you have one or more protected SQL servers, you will also see a SQL Server Information pane that contains information about your protected SQL servers.

At the top of his page is a menu of actions you can perform on the protected machine. Below it, at minimum, appears a Summary pane, and a Volumes pane. If a machine is added to replication, a Replication pane also appears.

When displaying information for a protected machine—on the Summary page and all other views—there is a menu at the top of the page with functions you can perform. This menu appears immediately below the name of the protected machine. These options are listed in the following table:

Table 1. Functions available from the top of each protected machine
Function Short Description Result of Selecting Task, Link to Procedure
[Pause] Pause Pause protection for the selected machine. If protection for the selected machine is active, you can pause it by clicking this option. If protection is currently paused, this option is unavailable. For more information, see Pausing and resuming protection.
[Pause] Resume Resume protection for the selected machine. If protection for the selected machine is paused, you can resume it by clicking this option. If protection is not paused, this option is unavailable. For more information, see Pausing and resuming protection.
[Refresh] Refresh Refresh the metadata for the selected machine. To refresh metadata for a machine, click this option.
[Force Snapshot] Force Snapshot Force a snapshot. To force a backup of the selected protected machine, click this option.
[Remove Machine] Remove Machine Remove machine from protection. You can remove the selected machine from protection, choosing to delete or retain the recovery points. More information, see Removing a machine.
None Export Export to a virtual machine. You can export the protected machine to a VM, either using a one-time export or by defining a virtual standby VM that is continually refreshed after each snapshot. For more information, see Exporting protected data to virtual machines.
None Exchange Truncate logs or set credentials. The Exchange drop-down menu appears only if you are protecting an Exchange server, and allows you to truncate Exchange logs or set credentials for the Exchange server machine.
None SQL Truncate logs or set credentials. The SQL drop-down menu appears only if you are protecting a SQL server, and allows you to truncate SQL logs or set credentials for a specific SQL Server machine or for all instances of protected SQL Servers.

For information on the Summary pane for a protected machine, see Viewing the Summary pane.

For information on the Volumes pane for a protected machine, see Viewing Volumes on a protected machine.

For information on the Replication pane for a protected machine, see Viewing replication information.

For information on the Exchange Server Information pane for a protected machine, see Viewing the Exchange Server Information pane.

For information on the SQL Server Information pane for a protected machine, see Viewing the SQL Server Information pane.


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Viewing the Summary pane

The Summary pane contains summary information about the protected machine, including the host name, date and time of the last snapshot, date and time of the next scheduled snapshot, encryption key information, and version information for the Rapid Recovery Agent software. There is also a link to a detailed System Information page for the machine.


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Viewing Volumes on a protected machine

For any protected machine, from the Summary page, in the Volumes pane, you can perform the following actions for any of the volumes listed:

  • Set or modify a protection schedule for a selected volume. Protection schedules are typically established when you first protect a machine. For more information about modifying a protection schedule, see Modifying protection schedules.
  • Force a base image or snapshot. Snapshots typically occur based on the protection schedule. However, at any time, you can force a base image or an incremental snapshot for selected volumes. For more information, see Forcing a snapshot.

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