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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

Managing replication settings

Rapid Recovery lets you monitor, schedule, and adjust replication at the overall, core, and protected machine levels.

You can edit the following replication settings:


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Scheduling replication

Unless you change the default behavior by setting a replication schedule, the Core starts a replication job immediately after completion of every backup snapshot, checksum check, attachability check, and the nightly jobs. For more information, see Scheduling replication.

You can change the replication schedule to reduce the load on the network.

Complete the steps in the following procedure to set a replication schedule for any replicated machine.

  1. On the target Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication] (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. In the Outgoing Replication pane, click [Actions] to open the drop-down menu next to the Core for which you want schedule replication, and then select Schedule.

    The Replication Schedule for [CoreName] dialog box opens.

  3. Select from one of the following three options:
    • At All Times. Replicates after every new snapshot, checksum check, and attachability check, and after the nightly jobs complete.
    • Daily (Start replication only during the specified time period). Begins replicating only within the time range provided.
      1. In the From text box, enter the earliest time at which replication should begin.
      2. In the To text box, enter the latest time at which replication should begin.
        Note: If replication is in progress when the scheduled time ends, the replication job completes after the allotted time period.
    • Custom. Begins replicating only within the time range provided, letting you set one time range for weekdays and another time range for weekends.
      1. Next to Weekdays, in the From text box, enter the earliest time at which replication should occur on a weekday; and then in the To text box, enter the latest time at which replication should occur on a weekday.
      2. Next to Weekends, in the From text box, enter the earliest time at which replication should occur on weekends; and then in the To text box, enter the latest time at which replication should occur on weekends.
  4. Click Save.

    The schedule is applied to all replication to the selected target Core.


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Using the Copy function to create a seed drive

If you chose not to create a seed drive when you configured replication, you can create a seed drive using the Copy function in the protected machine drop-down menu.

  1. On the source Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication] (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. On the Replication page, in the Outgoing Replication pane, click [Expand] to expand the Core that protects the machine for which you want to create a seed drive.
    The selection expands to show each protected machine in the specified Core.
  3. Click in the first row of the table to select each machine for which you want to create a seed drive.
  4. In the menu under the Outgoing Replication pane, click Copy.
    The Replication Wizard appears.
  5. On the Seed Drive Location page of the wizard, use the Location drop-down list to select from the following destination types:
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  6. Enter the details for the seed drive archive, as described in the following table, based on the location type you selected in the preceding step.
    Table 1. Archive details
    Option Text Box Description
    Local Output location Enter the location for the output. It is used to define the location path where you want the archive to reside; for example, d:\work\archive.
    Network Output location Enter the location for the output. It is used to define the location path where you want the archive to reside; for example, \\servername\sharename.
    User Name Enter a user name. It is used to establish logon credentials for the network share.
    Password Enter a password for the network path. It is used to establish logon credentials for the network share.
    Cloud Account Select an account from the drop-down list.
    Note: To select a cloud account, you must first have added it in the Core Console. For more information, see Adding a cloud account.
    Container Select a container associated with your account from the drop-down menu.
    Folder Name Enter a name for the folder in which the archived data is to be saved. The default name is Rapid-Recovery-Archive-[DATE CREATED]-[TIME CREATED]
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Seed Drive Options page, enter the information as described in the following table.
    Table 2. Seed drive options
    Item Description
    Maximum Size Large archives of data can be divided into multiple segments. Select the maximum amount of space you want to reserve for creating the seed drive by doing one of the following:
    • Select Entire Target to reserve all available space in the path provided on the Seed Drive Location page (for example, if the location is D:\work\archive, all of the available space on the D: drive is reserved).
    • Select the blank text box, enter an amount, and then select a unit of measurement from the drop-down list to customize the maximum space you want to reserve.
    Recycle action In the event the path already contains a seed drive, select one of the following options:
    • Do not reuse. Does not overwrite or clear any existing seed data from the location. If the location is not empty, the seed drive write will fail.
    • Replace this Core. Overwrites any pre-existing seed data pertaining to this core but leaves the data for other cores intact.
    • Erase completely. Clears all seed data from the directory before writing the seed drive.
    Comment Enter a comment that describes the seed drive.
    Add all Agents to Seed Drive Select this option to replicate all protected machines on the source core using the seed drive. This option is selected by default.
    Build recovery point chains (fix orphans) Select this option to replicate the entire recovery point chain to the seed drive. This option is selected by default.
    Note: Typical seeding in Rapid Recovery 5.4.x replicated only the latest recovery point to the seed drive, which reduced the amount of time and space required for creating the seed drive. Opting to build recovery point chains to the seed drive requires enough space on the seed drive to store the latest recovery points from the specified protected machines, and may take additional time to complete the task.
  9. Do one of the following:
    • If you cleared the Add all Agents to Seed Drive check box, click Next.
    • If you selected Add all Agents to Seed Drive, go to Step 10.
  10. On the Protected Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machines for which you want to create a seed drive.
  11. Click Finish.

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Monitoring replication

When replication is set up, you can monitor the status of replication tasks for the source and target Cores. You can refresh status information, view replication details, and more.

  1. On the source Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication] (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. On this page, you can view information about and monitor the status of replication tasks as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Replication tasks
    Section Description Available Actions
    Seed Drives (#) After you specify the use of a seed drive when defining replication, until you abandon or consume it, a Seed Drives (#) link appears on the Outgoing Replication pane on the source Core. The number displayed indicates how many seed drives are pending.
    Note: This link does not appear unless a seed drive is pending.

    Click this link to list seed drives that have been written but not yet consumed by the target Core. Further expand the collapsible menu to show information about outstanding seed drives, including the target Core and the date range of the recovery points included in the seed drive.

    In the drop-do, click Abandon to abandon or cancel the seed process. wn menu
    Outgoing Replication Lists all target Cores to which the source Core is replicating. It includes a state indicator, the target Core name, the number of machines being replicated, and the progress of a replication transmission. On a source Core, in the [Settings] drop-down menu, you can select the following options:
    • Details. Lists the ID, URL, display name, state, customer ID, email address, and comments for the replicated Core.
    • Change Settings. Lists the display name and lets you edit the host and port for the target Core.
    • Schedule. Lets you set a customized schedule for replication to this target Core.
    • Add Machines. Lets you select a host from a drop-down list, select protected machines for replication, and create a seed drive for the new protected machine’s initial transfer. You can optionally choose to include recovery points for machines already added to replication.
    • Delete. Lets you delete the replication relationship between source and target Cores. Doing so ceases all replication to this Core.
    Incoming Replication Lists all source machines from which the target receives replicated data. It includes the remote Core name, state, machines, and progress.

    Lists all source Cores from which the target receives replicated data. The display name for the source Cores listed are populated from the value in the Replication Wizard when defining replication. It includes a state indicator, the remote Core name, and the progress of a replication transmission.

    On a target Core, in the [Settings] drop-down menu, you can select the following options:
    • Details. Lists the ID, host name, customer ID, email address, and comments for the replicated Core.
    • Consume. Consumes the initial data from the seed drive and saves it to the local repository.
    • Delete. Lets you delete the replication relationship between target and source Cores. Doing so ceases all replication from this Core.
    Pending Replication Requests This information applies to managed service providers only. When a customer clicks he Requests link in the Incoming Replication pane, a summary table section appears listing the customer ID, email address, and host name for the request. In the drop-down menu, click Ignore to ignore or reject the request, or Review to review the pending request.

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