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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

Scheduling a report

You can schedule a report available from the Core Console. The report then generates on the schedule you defined until you pause or delete the report.

You must specify email notification and delivery, or you must specify a location to save reports. You can also choose both options.

Complete the steps in this procedure to schedule a report.

  1. Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.
  2. From the icon bar, click [More] (More), and then select Reports.

    The Job Report page appears. A downward-facing arrow appears to the right of the current report name.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the report name, and from the drop-down menu, select Scheduled Reports.
    The Scheduled Reports page appears.
  4. To schedule a report to generate on a repeated basis, click Add.
    The Set Reporting Schedule Wizard appears.
  5. On the Configuration page of the wizard, enter the details for the report you want to schedule, and then click Next. The configuration options are described in the following table.
    Table 1. Scheduled report configuration options
    Machine Available Reports
    Name Type the display name you want to assign to this particular schedule.

    The default name is Schedule report 1. Limit your name to 64 or fewer characters.

    Do not use prohibited characters or prohibited phrases.

    Report format Select a report output format. You can choose from the following formats:
    • pdf (portable document format)
    • html (web page)
    • csv (comma-separated values)
    • xls (Excel 97-2003 workbook)
    • xlsx (Excel Workbook)

    If you do not select a value, the default format (pdf) is used.

    Report type Select the type of report you want to generate on a repeated basis. You can choose from the following report types:
    • Core Summary
    • Core Job
    • Protected Machine Job
    • Core Failure
    • Protected Machine Failure
    • Repository
    Labels Select the labels you want to appear on your scheduled report. At least one label is required.

    The Custom Groups feature allows you to group Core objects in one logical container, for which you define a label.

    Using the Labels parameter in the Set Reporting Schedule Wizard, you can select a custom group for which scheduled reports are run.

    If no custom labels exist, the available options in the Labels drop-down menu include Select All and Protected Machines. If custom groups appear, each group appears as an option. You can select or clear any of the options to include or exclude those objects in the scheduled report.

    Protected machine Select one or more protected machines to be included in the report.

    This option is not available for the Repository report.

    Job Types Select the job types you want to appear in the report.

    By default, this set of information includes jobs for all machines—every protected machine, replicated machine and recovery point-only machine in the specified Cores. In the report parameters, you can customize the report. Use the filters to select or exclude some machines. You can also select or exclude jobs that are machine independent, in which case the report shows status for Core jobs only.

    The Job Types parameter is not available for the following scheduled report types: Core Summary, Protected Machine Job, or Repository.

  6. On the Destination page of the wizard, select a destination for the reports you want to schedule. You must choose one of the following, and may select both. When satisfied, click Next.
    • In the Send to email addresses field, enter one or more valid email addresses to notify users by email message when a scheduled report is generated.
      Note: If you do not specify email notifications and delivery, then you must specify a storage location in the next step.
    • Select Save as file to save the generated report files to a location you specify, and in the Location type drop-down menu, select a local, network, or cloud storage option. Then, in the Location field, specify additional location information as described in the following table.
    Table 2. Location options for scheduled reports
    Location type Location type description Location
    Local Select location type Local to save generated reports in a local path accessible to the Core. Specify the path in the Location field.

    Type a location accessible to the Core locally.

    For example, to store reports in the Reports folder on the D drive, enter D:\Reports\.

    Network Select location type Network to save generated reports in a path accessible to the Core on the network. Specify the path in the Location field. Specify the path in the Location field.

    Type a location accessible to the Core from the network. Use format \\servername\sharename.

    For example, to store reports on the Data server in the shared folder called Reports, enter \\Data\Reports\.

    Specify network credentials in the User name and Password fields.

    Cloud Select location type Cloud to save generated reports in a Cloud storage account configured in the Core.

    The storage account must already be defined before performing this step. For information on setting up a Cloud storage account to work with the Core, see Managing cloud accounts.

    From the Account field, select the appropriate Cloud storage account to use to store generated reports.

    From the Container field, specify an appropriate container in the storage account.

    From the Folder Name field, specify a folder into which to store future generated reports.

  7. When satisfied with your Destination options, click Next.
  8. On the Schedule page of the wizard, from the Send data menu, select an option to determine how frequently to generate the report that you specified. You can generate reports daily, weekly, or monthly. Each option has its own parameters, as described in the following table.
    Table 3. Frequency options for generating scheduled reports
    How frequent Frequency details Frequency parameters
    Daily Generates and saves or sends the specified report once daily at the specified time.

    Default time for this action is 8:00 AM (based on the time on the Core server).

    To change the default time that the report generates, in the time text field, type a new value or use the controls to change the hour, minutes, and AM or PM.
    Weekly Generates and saves or sends the specified report once weekly at the specified time of the specified day.

    Default time for this action is 8:00 AM on Sunday (based on the time on the Core server).

    To change the default day that the report generates, from the day of week menu, select a day of the week.

    To change the default time that the report generates, in the time text field, type a new value or use the controls to change the hour, minutes, and AM or PM.

    Monthly Generates and saves or sends the specified report once monthly on the specified date and time of day.

    Default date for this action is the first of each month at 8:00 AM (based on the time on the Core server).

    To change the default date that the report generates, from the day of month menu, select a date.

    To change the default time that the report generates, in the time text field, type a new value or use the controls to change the hour, minutes, and AM or PM.

  9. Optionally, on the Schedule page of the wizard, if you want to prevent the scheduled report from generating until you resume paused reports, select Initially pause reporting.

    If you want this report to generate as scheduled, clear this option.

  10. When satisfied with the schedule, click Finish to exit the wizard and save your work.

    The new report schedule appears in the Summary Reports summary table.


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Modifying a report schedule

Once a report is scheduled, you can modify any of its parameters or details. You can edit report configuration information (report name, output format, report type, included repositories. You can also change email notification options, and the destination to save the generated report. Finally, you can also change the schedule of the report.

Complete the steps in this procedure to modify parameters for a scheduled report.

  1. Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.
  2. From the icon bar, click [More] (More), and then select Reports.

    The Job Report page appears. A downward-facing arrow appears to the right of the current report name.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the report name, and from the drop-down menu, select Scheduled Reports.
    The Scheduled Reports page appears.
  4. In the Scheduled Reports summary table, from the row of the report you want to modify, click the [Settings] Settings icon and then select Edit.
    The Set Reporting Schedule Wizard appears.
  5. Navigate through the pages of this wizard, changing any parameters necessary. For information on any of the parameters in this wizard, see the topic Scheduling a report.
  6. On the Schedule page of the wizard, click Finish to close the wizard and save your changes.
    The wizard closes, and the report schedule is modified.

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Pausing, resuming, or deleting a scheduled report

Once a report is scheduled, it generates on the schedule defined. If you want to temporarily stop the generation of a scheduled report, then you can pause the schedule.

If a scheduled report is paused, and you wish to resume the generation of the report, then you can resume the report as described in this procedure.

If you are currently generating a scheduled report, and no longer need to generate that report, you can delete it.

To determine if any scheduled report is paused, check the status column in the scheduled reports summary table. A green sphere indicates an active scheduled report; a yellow sphere indicates a paused schedule; and a red sphere indicates an error.

Complete the steps in this procedure to pause, resume, or delete a schedule for a report.

  1. Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.
  2. From the icon bar, click [More] (More), and then select Reports.

    The Job Report page appears. A downward facing arrow appears to the right of the current report name.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the report name, and from the drop-down menu, select Scheduled Reports.

    The Scheduled Reports page appears.

  4. In the Scheduled Reports summary table, view the status of all scheduled reports, using the colored indicators.
  5. For each report you want to pause or resume, select the check box in the first column.
  6. From the Scheduled Reports options above the summary table, do one of the following:
    • To pause the generation of the selected reports, click Pause.
    • To resume generation of scheduled reports that have been paused, click Resume.
    • To delete the selected schedules for existing scheduled reports, click Delete.

      Deleting a scheduled report only prevents the generation of future reports. If previous scheduled reports have been saved, they are not removed.


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Generating a report from the Central Management Console

Complete the following procedure to generate a report for multiple Rapid Recovery Cores from the Central Management Console.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console, click the mode selector drop-down menu in the upper-right corner, and select Reports.

    The report selection page appears. The CoreJobReport is selected by default. To the right of the report name, a downward-facing arrow appears, from which you could select another report type.

  2. From the left navigation menu, select any combination of the individual Rapid Recovery Cores or Core Groups, that you want to include in the report.
  3. From the report type drop-down menu, select the type of report you want to generate. You can choose from one of the following options:
    • CoreJobReport
    • CoreFailureReport
    • CoreSummaryReport

    For more information about these report types, see About Rapid Recovery reports.

  4. From the date range drop-down menu, select a date range.

    You can choose from the options in the following table.

    Option Description
    Day Reports activity for the last day, relative to the time you generate the report.
    Week Reports activity for the last week, relative to the time you generate the report.
    Month Reports activity for the last 31 days, relative to the time you generate the report.
    Year Reports activity for the last year, relative to the time you generate the report.
    All Time This time period spans the lifetime of the Core.
    Custom This time period requires you to further specify start and end dates.
    Note: In all cases, no report data is available before the Core software was deployed, or from before machines were protected on the Core.
  5. Do one of the following:
    • Click Preview to generate and view the generated report online.
    • Update the report dynamically by changing report criteria; then click Preview again.
    • Choose an export format (including the default format, XLSX) and click Download.
    • Use the Reports toolbar to view, manipulate, or print the report. For more information about the Reports toolbar, see Using the Reports toolbar.

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