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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

Manually mapping disks for a BMR

This procedure describes how to designate which disks should be stored in which locations on the restored machine.

To manually map disks, you must first use DiskPart on the Command Line on the BMR target machine to create and format target volumes. For more information, see DiskPart Command-Line Options (Standard 7 SP1) on the Microsoft Developer Network.

Complete the steps in the following procedure to manually 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 Manual from the drop-down menu.
    Note: If no volumes exist on the drive of the machine on which you are performing a bare metal restore (BMR), you cannot see this tab or manually map volumes.
  2. In the Volume Mapping area, under Source Volume, verify that the source volume is selected, and that the appropriate volumes are listed beneath it and are selected.
  3. Under Destination, from the drop-down menu, select the appropriate destination that is the target volume to perform the BMR of the selected recovery point, and then click Restore.
  4. In the confirmation dialog box, review the mapping of the source of the recovery point and the destination volume for the restore.
  5. To begin the restore, click Begin Restore.
    CAUTION:
    If you select Begin Restore, all existing partitions and data on the target drive will be removed permanently, and replaced with the contents of the selected recovery point, including the operating system and all data.

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Performing a BMR from an archive

Rapid Recovery lets you restore a machine from bare metal using an archived recovery point.

The following tasks are prerequisites for this procedure.

From the Universal Recovery Console (URC), you can access the Rapid Recovery Core and retrieve a recovery point for a restore. You can also opt to restore your bare metal machine from a recovery point stored in an archive. The URC lets you reach this archive whether it is on a local drive, a network share, or a cloud account.
  1. In the URC, click the Restore from Archive tab.
  2. In the Location Type drop-down list, select the location of your archive. You can choose from the following options.
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  3. Enter the credentials described in the following table according to your location type selection.
    Table 1. Location type credentials options
    Location Type Option Description
    Local Local path The current location of the archive.
    Network Network path The current location of the archive.
    User The user name for network share access.
    Password The password for network share access.
    Cloud Cloud Type The provider of your cloud storage location. Select from the following options:
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Amazon™ S3
    • Powered by OpenStack
    • Rackspace® Cloud Files
  4. If you selected a cloud type, complete the credentials that pertain to your cloud provider.
    • For Microsoft Azure, complete the following steps:
      1. Enter the following credentials:
        • Storage Account Name
        • Access Key
      2. For the Container name, from the drop-down list, select a container.
      3. For the Cloud path, from the drop-down list, select the path to the archive.
    • For Amazon™ S3, complete the following steps
      1. Enter the following credentials:
        • Access key
        • Secret key
      2. For the Container name, from the drop-down list, select a container.
      3. For the Cloud path, from the drop-down list, select the path to the archive.
    • For Powered by OpenStack or Rackspace Cloud Files accounts, complete the following steps:
      1. Enter the following information:
        • Region
        • User
      2. Select one of the following options:
        • Password
        • API Key
      3. In the text box, enter the information based on your selection in Step c.
      4. Enter the following information:
        • Tenant ID
        • Authentication URL
        • Container name
        • Cloud path
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Machines page, select the machine you want to restore, and then click Next.
  7. On the Recovery Points page, select the recovery point you want to use to restore the machine, and then click Next.
  8. On the Mapping page, select one of the following options, and then complete the corresponding steps:
    • From the Volume Mapping drop-down list, select Automatic.
      1. 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.
      2. In the right table, select the disk or disks to which you want to map volumes on the target machine.
    • From the Volume Mapping drop-down, select Manual.
      Note: To manually map disks, you must first use DiskPart on the Command Line to create and format target volumes. For more information, see DiskPart Command-Line Options (Standard 7 SP1) on the Microsoft Developer Network.
      Note: If no volumes exist on the drive of the machine on which you are performing a bare metal restore (BMR), you cannot see this tab or manually map volumes.
      • Under Destination Volumes, from the drop-down menu, select the appropriate target volume for each volume in the recovery point.
  9. In the mount maps path text box, enter a destination for the temporary storage of mapping files.

    The default location is X:\ProgramData\AppRecovery\IndexEntriesMaps.

    Note: To ensure that your destination has sufficient free space, divide the total mount volume capacity by 1,024. For example, using the formula (Mount volume total capacity) / 1024 = Free space, then 1 TB / 1024 = 1 GB.
  10. Click Restore.
    The URC maps the volumes to the new disk or disks.
  11. Click Restore.
    The URC restores the data to the target machine. You can view the progress on the Restore progress tab.
  12. After the restore is complete, remove the boot CD.
  13. To boot the BMR target machine into Windows, restart the machine.

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Loading drivers to the operating system

This procedure describes how to load drivers to the operating system on a bare metal restore (BMR) target.

To inject drivers to the operating system, you have already completed the following tasks:

After you perform a Restore, the process is not complete until you inject the drivers to the operating system on the bare metal restore (BMR) target. This task is in addition to loading drivers in the URC.

  1. After you click Restore in the BMR procedure of your choice (see prerequisites), click the Existing Windows driver management tab.
  2. From the drop-down list, select an operating system.
    The URC searches for available drivers.
  3. To load additional drivers, click Force Load.
  4. Navigate through the filing system to locate the compressed driver file, and then select the file.
  5. Click OK.
    The URC loads the driver into the operating system you selected.
  6. Repeat Step 3 through Step 5 for each additional driver you need to load.
  7. Restart the BMR target machine.
    The BMR is complete. If you experience an issue when you restart, see Repairing boot problems.

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Verifying a bare metal restore

After you perform a bare metal restore (BMR), you can verify the progress of the restore. When the action is completed successfully, you can start the restored server. Some troubleshooting steps are included if you encounter difficulties connecting to the Universal Recovery Console to complete the restore, and if you need to repair startup problems with the restored machine.

You can perform the following tasks:


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