Rapid Recovery 6.1.2 - Release Notes

Support for Cluster Shared Volumes

Rapid Recovery release 6.1 and later includes the Rapid Snap for Virtual feature. With the Rapid Recovery Agent installed on each node, you can protect and restore supported VMs hosted on Hyper-V cluster-shared volumes (CSVs) installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

In addition, Rapid Recovery release 6.1 and later supports virtual export to Hyper-V CSVs installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. For information about supported hypervisors, see Hypervisor requirements.

Rapid Recovery only supports protection and restore of CSV volumes running on Windows Server 2008 R2.

The following table depicts current Rapid Recovery support for cluster-shared volumes.

Table 14. Rapid Recovery support for cluster-shared volumes

Operating System

Protect1 and Restore2 VMs on a Hyper-V CSV

Virtual Export to 
Hyper-V CSV

Protect1 and Restore3 of CSV

CSV Operating System

Rapid Recovery Version

Rapid Recovery Version

Rapid Recovery Version

6.0.x

6.1.x

6.0.x

6.1.x

6.0.x

6.1.x

Windows Server 2008 R2

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Server 2012

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Windows Server 2012 R2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Windows Server 2016

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

1 Protect includes protection, replication, rollup, mount, and archiving.

2 Restore includes file-level restore, volume-level restore, bare metal restore, and virtual export.

3 Restore includes file-level restore, volume-level restore, and bare metal restore.

Rapid Recovery Core installation requirements

Install the Rapid Recovery Core on a dedicated Windows 64-bit server. Servers should not have any other applications, roles, or features installed that are not related to Rapid Recovery. As an example, do not use the Core machine to also serve as a hypervisor host (unless the server is an appropriately sized Quest DL series backup and recovery appliance).

As another example, do not use the Core server as a high-traffic web server. If possible, do not install and run Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, or Microsoft SharePoint on the Core machine. If SQL Server is required on the Core machine – for example, if you are using Rapid Recovery DocRetriever for SharePoint – make sure you allocate more resources, in addition to those needed for efficient Core operations.

Depending on your license and your environment requirements, you may need to install multiple Cores, each on a dedicated server. Optionally, for remote management of multiple Cores, you can install the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console on a 64-bit Windows computer.

For each machine you want to protect in a Rapid Recovery Core, install the Rapid Recovery Agent software version appropriate to that machine's operating system. Optionally, you can protect virtual machines on a VMware ESXi host without installing the Rapid Recovery Agent. This agentless protection has some limitations. For more information, see the topic "Understanding Rapid Snap for Virtual" in the Rapid Recovery User Guide.

Before installing Rapid Recovery release 6.1, ensure that your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements. For additional guidance for sizing your hardware, software, memory, storage, and network requirements, see knowledge base article 185962, “Sizing Rapid Recovery Deployments.”

Rapid Recovery release 6.1 operating system installation and compatibility matrix

Microsoft Windows operating systems

Rapid Recovery Core must be installed on an appropriately sized server running a supported 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating system. The following table and notes list each Windows operating system and describes compatibility for each Rapid Recovery component or feature.

Table 15. Rapid Recovery components and features compatible with Windows operating systems

Windows OS

Core/ Central Management Console

Agent

Agent-less

LMU

MR

DR

URC Restore

VM Export to Azure

Windows XP SP3

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes1

No

Windows Vista

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes1

No

Windows Vista SP2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes1

No

Windows 7

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes2

Windows 7 SP1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows 8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows 8.1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows 10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows Server 2003

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes1

No

Windows Server 2008

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes1

Yes2

Windows Server 2008 SP2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes1

Yes2

Windows Server 2008 R2

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes2

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows Server 2012

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes2

Windows Server 2016

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows installation and support notes:

1 The boot CD supports bare metal restore, but does not support driver injection.

2 VM export to Azure works only for x64 editions of operating systems listed.

Linux operating systems

Linux operating systems are supported as protected machines in a Rapid Recovery Core. You can use agentless protection, or install the Rapid Recovery Agent. The following table and notes list each supported Linux operating system and distribution, and describes support for each Rapid Recovery component or feature.

Table 16. Compatible Rapid Recovery components and features by Linux operating system

Windows OS

Core/ Central Management Console

Agent

Agentless

Linux OS or distribution

Agent

Agentless

Live DVD

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 - 6.8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 - 7.3

Yes

Yes

Yes

CentOS Linux 6.3 - 6.8

Yes

Yes

Yes

CentOS Linux 7.0 - 7.3

Yes

Yes

Yes

Debian Linux 7, 8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux 6.3 - 6.8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oracle Linux 7.0 - 7.3

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS, 12.10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ubuntu Linux 13.04, 13.10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS, 14.10

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1

Ubuntu Linux 15.04, 15.10

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1

Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 or later

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLES 12

Yes1

Yes1

Yes1

Linux installation and support notes:

1 B-tree file system (BTRFS) is supported only on operating systems with kernel version 4.2. or later. Compliant operating systems currently include Ubuntu versions 14.04.4 with service pack 4 or later, and versions 15.10 or later. SLES versions 12 and 12 SP1 have older kernel versions, and so Rapid Recovery does not support their implementations of BTRFS.

Rapid Recovery Core and Central Management Console requirements

Requirements for the Rapid Recovery Core and the Central Management Console (CMC) are described in the following table.

Operating system requirements for the Central Management Console are identical to the requirements for the Rapid Recovery Core. These components can be installed on the same machine or on different machines, as your needs dictate.

Table 17. Rapid Recovery Core and Central Management Console requirements

Requirement

Details

Operating system

The Rapid Recovery Core and Central Management Console require one of the following 64-bit Windows operating systems (OS). They do not run on 32-bit Windows systems or any Linux distribution. Rapid Recovery Core requires one of the following x64 Windows operating systems:

Windows operating systems require the .NET Framework 4.5.2 to be installed to run the Rapid Recovery Core service. Additionally, any OS marked with * requires the ASP .NET 4.5x role or feature. When installing or upgrading the Core, the installer checks for these components based on the OS of the Core server, and installs or activates them automatically if required.

The Rapid Recovery Core supports all x64 editions of the Windows OS listed, unless otherwise indicated. The Rapid Recovery Core does not support Windows Server core editions.

If any operating system listed specifies a service pack (for example, Windows 7 SP1), then the OS with the specified service pack is the minimum requirement. If an operating system is listed without a service pack (for example, Windows 8), then the base operating system is supported. Any subsequent SP for a listed OS is also supported, unless explicitly excluded.

For optimal performance, it is recommended that you install the Rapid Recovery Core on more recent operating systems such as Windows 8.1 (or later) and Windows Server 2012 (or later).

Architecture

64-bit only

Memory

8GB RAM or more

Quest highly recommends using Error Checking & Correction (ECC) memory, to ensure optimum performance of Rapid Recovery Core servers.

Processor

Quad-core or higher

Storage

Quest recommends locating your repository on direct attached storage (DAS), storage area network (SAN), or network attached storage (NAS) devices (listed in order of preference).

Network

1 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) minimum

Network hardware

Use network cables with the appropriate rating to obtain the expected bandwidth.

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