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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

Creating an archive

You can use this procedure to create a one-time or scheduled archive.

If you plan on creating an archive to a cloud location, first add your cloud account to the Rapid Recovery Core Console. For more information, see Adding a cloud account.

A one-time archive is an archive created on-demand for a specified machine. A scheduled archive is an archive that automatically recurs on the date and time you specify in the wizard. Having the ability to schedule a recurring archive accommodates situations where you would want frequent archives of a machine to be saved, without the inconvenience of needing to manually create the archives each time.

  1. On the button bar of the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click Archive.
    The Archive Wizard opens.
  2. On the Archive Type page of the wizard, select one of the following options:
    • One-time archive
    • Continuous archive (by schedule)
  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Location page, select an option from the Location type drop-down list and then enter the information as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Archive location type options
    Option Text Box Description
    Local 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 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.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machine or machines you want to archive.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Do one of the following:
    • If you chose to create a one-time archive, skip to Step 15.
    • If you chose to create a scheduled archive, continue to Step 9
  9. On the Schedule page, select one of the following options from the Send data drop-down list:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
  10. Enter the information described in the following table based on your selection from Step 9.
    Table 2. Send data options
    Option Text Box Description
    Daily At time Select the hour of the day you want to create a daily archive.
    Weekly At day of week Select a day of the week on which to automatically create the archive.
    At time Select the hour of the day you want to create an archive.
    Monthly At day of months Select the day of the month on which to automatically create the archive.
    At time Select the hour of the day you want to create an archive.
  11. Optionally, if you do not want the archive job to begin at the next scheduled time after you complete the wizard, select Pause initial archiving.
    Note: You may want to pause the scheduled archive if you need time to prepare the target location before archiving resumes. If you do not select this option, archiving begins at the scheduled time.
  12. Click Next.
  13. On the Options page for a continuous archive, select one of the recycle actions described in the following table.
    Table 3. Continuous archive recycle options
    Text Box Description
    Incremental Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that already exists in the archive.
    Replace this Core Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this core but leaves the data for other cores intact.
    Erase completely Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.
  14. Optionally, select Build recovery points chains (fix orphans), and then skip to Step 18.
  15. On the Options page for a one-time archive, enter the information described in the following table.
    Table 4. One-time archive options
    Text Box 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 archive by doing one of the following:
    • Select Entire Target to reserve all available space in the path provided on the destination provided in Step 4. (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, use the up and down arrows to enter an amount, and then select a unit of measurement from the drop-down list to customize the maximum space you want to reserve.
      Note: Amazon™ cloud archives are automatically divided into 50 GB segments. Microsoft Azure cloud archives are automatically divided into 200 GB segments.
    Recycle action Select one of the following recycle action options:
    • Do not reuse. Does not overwrite or clear any existing archived data from the location. If the location is not empty, Rapid Recovery lets you select a different location.
    • Replace this Core. Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this core but leaves the data for other cores intact.
    • Erase completely. Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.
    • Incremental. Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that already exists in the archive.
    Comment Enter any additional information that is necessary to capture for the archive. The comment will be displayed if you import the archive later.
    Build recovery points chains (fix orphans)

    Select this option to archive the entire recovery point chain. This option is selected by default.

  16. Click Next.
  17. On the Date Range page, either manually enter the start date and end date of the recovery points to be archived, or select the date time by clicking the calendar icon followed by the clock icon below the calendar window.
  18. Click Finish.
    The wizard closes.

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Pausing or resuming a scheduled archive

If you have an archiving job scheduled to recur, you can pause or resume this action as necessary.

There may be times when you want to pause a scheduled archive job, such as if you need to change the destination archive location. Also, if you opted to initially pause archiving when you performed the Creating an archiveprocedure, you likely want to resume the scheduled archive later. Complete the steps in the following procedure to pause or resume scheduled archive.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and click the More menu on the icon bar, and then click Archives.
  2. On the Archives page, under Scheduled Archives, do one of the following:
    • Select the preferred archive, and then click one of the following actions as appropriate:
      • Pause
      • Resume
    • Next to the preferred archive, click the drop-down menu, and then click one of the following actions as appropriate:
      • Pause
      • Resume

    The status of the archive displays in the Schedule column.


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Editing a scheduled archive

Rapid Recovery lets you change the details of a scheduled archive. To edit a scheduled archive, complete the steps in the following procedure.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the More drop-down menu on the icon bar, and then select Archives.
  2. On the Archives page, under Schedule Archives, click the drop-down menu next to the archive you want to change, and then click Edit.

    The Add Archive Wizard opens.

  3. On the Location page of the Archive Wizard, select one of the following options from the Location Type drop-down list:
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  4. Enter the details for the archive as described in the following table based on the location type you selected in Step 3.
    Table 1. Archive details
    Option Text Box Description
    Local 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 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 you want to save the archived data; for example, Rapid-Recovery-Archive-[DATE CREATED]-[TIME CREATED].
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machine or machines that contain the recovery points that you want to archive. Clear the machines that you do not want to archive.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Schedule page, select one of the following options from the Send data drop-down list:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
  9. Enter the information described in the following table based on your selection from Step 8.
    Table 2. Send data options
    Option Text Box Description
    Daily At time Select the hour of the day you want to create a daily archive.
    Weekly At day of week Select a day of the week on which to automatically create the archive.
    At time Select the hour of the day you want to create a daily archive.
    Monthly At day of months Select the day of the month on which to automatically create the archive.
    At time Select the hour of the day you want to create a daily archive.
  10. Optionally, to postpone archiving to resume at a later time, select Pause initial archiving.
    Note: You may want to pause the scheduled archive if you need time to prepare the target location before archiving resumes. If you do not select this option, archiving begins at the scheduled time.
  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Options page, use the Recycle action drop-down list to select one of the options described in the following table:
    Table 3. Archive recycle options
    Text Box Description
    Incremental Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that already exists in the archive.
    Replace this Core Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this core but leaves the data for other cores intact.
    Erase completely Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.
  13. Optionally select Build recovery points chains (fix orphans).
  14. Click Finish.
    Rapid Recovery applies your changes to the archive.

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Checking an archive

Checking an archive verifies whether an archive and its contents are healthy enough to be restored.

You can scan an archive for the integrity of its structure, data segments, and index files by performing an archive check. The archive check verifies the presence of all necessary files within the archive and that the files are healthy. To perform an archive check, complete the steps in the following procedure.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the More drop-down menu in the icon bar, and then select Archives.
  2. On the Archives page, click Check.
    The Check Archive dialog box appears.
  3. For Location type, select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  4. Based on the location type you selected in Step 3, enter the details for the archive as described in the following table.
    Table 1. Archive details
    Option Text Box Description
    Local Location Enter the path for the archive.
    Network Location Enter the path for the archive.
    User Name Enter the user name. It is used to establish logon credentials for the network share.
    Password Enter the 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 Select the folder in which the archived data is saved; for example, Rapid Recovery -5-Archive-[DATE CREATED]-[TIME CREATED]
  5. Select or clear the checks described in the following table. All are selected by default.
    Note: Do not clear all checks. You must select at least one option.
    Option Description
    Index files mapping offsets This option checks that all the data on the internal structure of the archive is in the correct location.
    Structure integrity This option verifies the presence of certain internal files and the folder structure of the archive. If any files or folders are missing, the check fails.
    Checksum integrity This option checks the integrity of the data segments in the archive to ensure that the segments are healthy.
  6. Click Check File.
    Rapid Recovery checks the archive according to your selections.

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