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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

Loading a driver in the URC using Chromium

Complete the following procedure to use the Chromium browser that comes installed on the boot CD to load drivers while in the URC.

  1. On the target server, load the boot CD and start the machine.
    The Dell splash screen appears.
  2. To start the URC, click the Dell icon.
    The URC opens to the Boot CD driver manager tab.
  3. On the BMR target, click the tools (center icon) at the top of the screen, and then click Chromium.
  4. In the Chromium browser, navigate to a website where you can download the necessary driver.
  5. Download the driver or drivers to your location choice, such as a local folder or a network file share.
  6. Expand the Other devices list.

    This list shows the drivers that are necessary for the hardware but are not included in the boot CD.

  7. Right-click a device from the list, and then click Load Driver.
  8. In the Select driver load mode window, select one of the following options:
    • Load single driver package (driver is loaded without verification for device support)
    • Scan folder for driver packets (drivers for selected device are searched in selected folder)
  9. Navigate to the location where you saved the driver, select the driver, and then click OK.
    The driver loads to the current operating system.
  10. In the Info window, click OK to acknowledge that the driver successfully loaded.
  11. Repeat this procedure as necessary for each driver you want to load.

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Selecting a recovery point and initiating a BMR

After the Universal Recovery Console (URC) is accessible on the bare metal restore (BMR) target machine, you must select the recovery point that you want to restore.

Navigate to the Core Console to select which recovery point you want to load, and then designate the recovery console as the destination for the restored data.

Note: This step is required to perform BMR on all Windows machines and optional to perform BMR on Linux machines.

This task is a step in Performing a bare metal restore for Windows machines. It is part of the process for Launching a bare metal restore for Windows.

If performing a BMR for a Linux machine from the Core Console, then this task is also a step in Performing a bare metal restore for Linux machines It is part of the process for Launching a bare metal restore for a Linux machine using the command line.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, from the list of protected machines, click the name of the protected machine you want to restore.
    The Summary page for the selected machine appears.
  2. Click Recovery Points.
  3. Next to the recovery point you want to use for the BMR, click the drop-down menu, and then click Restore.
    The Restore Machine Wizard appears.
  4. Select Recover to any target machine using a boot CD.
  5. Select I already have a boot CD running on the target machine.
    The authentication text boxes appear.
  6. Enter the information about the machine you want to restore as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Target machine information
    Text Box Description
    IP Address The IP address of the machine to which you want to restore. This is identical to the IP address displayed in the URC.
    Authentication Key The specific password to connect to the selected server. This is identical to the Authentication Key displayed in the URC.
  7. Click Next.

    If the connection information you entered matches the URC, and if the Core and the target server can identify each other properly on the network, then the volumes for the selected recovery point are loaded, and the Disk Mapping page appears. In this case, your next step is to map volumes.

  8. Proceed to About disk mapping for a bare metal restore to learn about your disk-mapping options.

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About disk mapping for a bare metal restore

After you connect to the Universal Recovery Console, you need to map volumes between those listed in the recovery point and the volumes existing on the target hardware.

Rapid Recovery attempts to automatically map volumes. If you accept the default mapping, then the disk on the destination machine is cleaned and re-partitioned and any previously existing data is deleted. The alignment is performed in the order the volumes are listed in the recovery point, and the volumes are allocated to the disks appropriately according to size, and so on. Assuming there is enough space on the target drive, no partitioning is required when using automatic disk alignment. A disk can be used by multiple volumes. If you manually map the drives, note that you cannot use the same disk twice.

For manual mapping, you must have the new machine correctly formatted already before restoring it. The destination machine must have a separate partition for each volume in the recovery point, including the system reserved volume. For more information, see Launching a bare metal restore for Windows.

Complete the procedure for one of the following disk-mapping options:

While Rapid Recovery supports FAT32 and ReFS partitions, at present, only full restore and BMR are supported as a driver limitation exists with ReFS, so restore is implemented in user mode, VM export, and so on. If a Core is protecting at least one agent volume that contains the ReFS file system, it should be installed on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2 machines, which provide native support of ReFS. Otherwise, functionality is limited and operations that involve such things as mounting a volume image do not work. The Rapid Recovery Core Console presents applicable error messages in these occurrences.
Bare metal restore of Storage Spaces disks configuration (a feature of Windows 8.1) is not supported. For details, see the Dell Data Protection | Rapid Recovery Installation and Upgrade Guide.

This task is a step in Performing a bare metal restore for Windows machines. It is part of the process for Launching a bare metal restore for Windows.

If performing a BMR for a Linux machine from the Core Console, then this task is also a step in Performing a bare metal restore for Linux machines. It is part of the process for Launching a bare metal restore for Linux.

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Automatically mapping disks for a BMR

This procedure lets you automatically map disks during a bare metal restore (BMR) using the Restore Machine Wizard.

Complete the steps in the following procedure to automatically select the volumes you want to recover and where to restore them.
  1. On the Disk Mapping page of the Restore Machine Wizard, next to Volume mapping, select Automatic from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the left table, verify that the appropriate volumes are listed and are selected.
    Note: Typically for a BMR, you should restore, at minimum, the system reserved volume and the system volume (usually, but not always, the C:\ volume). You must select at least one volume to perform a BMR.
  3. In the right table, select the disk or disks to which you want to map volumes on the target machine.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Disk Mapping Preview page, review the mapping of the recovery point volumes and the destination volume for the restore.
  6. To begin the restore, click Finish.
    If you select Begin Restore, all existing partitions and data on the target drive are permanently removed and replaced with the contents of the selected recovery point, including the operating system and all data.

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