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Rapid Recovery 6.1.2 - Replication Target for Microsoft Azure Setup Guide

About creating Azure virtual machines for replication target

To use Azure as a replication target for your on-premise Core, you must first create a pre-configured VM in your Azure account. To do this, log into your Azure account, and search the Azure Marketplace for the Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM in Azure product. Select it and then create the VM in your Azure account. This process uses Azure Resource Manager to provision virtual machines and storage.

The VM you create for replication of your Rapid Recovery Core in the Azure cloud is pre-configured with specific attributes. For example:

For more information, see Exploring your Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM desktop.

For more information on Azure configurations and pricing, see the virtual machines pricing page on the Azure website. For links to other useful references on Microsoft websites, see .

An earlier edition of this Setup Guide described how to set up an existing Microsoft Azure VM for use as a replication target for an AppAssure 5.4.3 Core. For that edition and other AppAssure documentation, please see https://support.quest.com/appassure/5.4.3/release-notes-guides.

Microsoft Azure documentation

Microsoft has substantial documentation on using Azure available in its documentation center.

For information on creating an Azure account, spinning up a VM for use with a Rapid Recovery or AppAssure Core, adding a storage account, and more, see the Microsoft documentation at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation.

For example, for information on provisioning or managing Windows VMs, see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/virtual-machines/windows/.

For online videos about using Azure, see http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/get-started/.

Relevant Microsoft links

Some relevant articles on Microsoft websites are listed below:

Accessing your virtual machine from your Azure account

This procedure assumes that you have a Microsoft Azure account, and that you have already created a Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM in your Azure account.

Azure login requires JavaScript. You may need to enable JavaScript or otherwise adjust security settings in the browser accordingly. For more information, consult your systems administrator.

Optionally, for a newly provisioned VM, you may want to disable the Compatibility View in the Internet Explorer web browser settings. For more information, see Disabling Compatibility View in Internet Explorer.

Follow this procedure to access your Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM.

The format for this web address is https://azure.microsoft.com/[country-code]/account/.
The Manage your Azure Account page appears.
b.
Click Azure portal.
e.
Click Sign in.
3.
In the Azure dashboard, from the left navigation menu, click [virtual machine icon] Virtual machines to open the Virtual machines page.
For example, ReplicationVM1.cloudapp.net.
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You can open the VM in a new browser window, by entering into your browser location field the URL in format: https://<IP or DNS>:8006, where the <IP or DNS> parameter is the IP address or DNS name shown in your Azure account, and 8006 is the port.
Using the previous example, your VM URL is https://ReplicationVM1.cloudapp.net:8006.
7.
If you see a Windows Security prompt, select an appropriate certificate, and continue to the website.

Exploring your Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM desktop

This topic describes the items you see on the Rapid Recovery Replication Target VM before and after setup.

1.
Click the X in the top right of the Server Manager window to close Server Manager.

Your Rapid Recovery virtual machine uses the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. Each time a virtual or physical machine using this OS starts, Windows opens the Server Manager utility.

2.
Note the Configure Rapid Recovery Replication Target for Azure shortcut on the desktop.

Double-clicking this shortcut launches a script to configure your Core, or to format virtual disks for your Core. Before launching, you must first select the appropriate storage in your Azure account. For more information, see Adding storage to your Azure VM.

For more information about running the configuration script, see Running the Core configuration script from the VM desktop.

NOTE: If you add storage from the Azure Marketplace and attach it to your VM prior to running this script, the virtual disk is automatically configured as the destination for your Rapid Recovery repository. You can also run the script again any time you attach additional storage, to format the disk and add it as a repository storage location.
3.
Note the Rapid Recovery License Portal shortcut on the desktop.

This license portal was previously known as the AppAssure License Portal. If you already have a license portal account you have used for AppAssure, use that account information. Previous license portal users do not need to register a new account for Rapid Recovery.

Information about licenses is located in the Rapid Recovery License Portal 6.1 User Guide.

4.
Note the Quest Software Support shortcut. Double-click this shortcut to view technical product documentation on the Quest Support website.

The Support portal provides self-help tools you can use to solve problems quickly and independently, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the Support portal provides direct access to product support engineers through an online Service Request system.

5.
Note the Rapid Recovery 30-day trial key.lic file on the desktop.

This file is the temporary 30-day license for your Rapid Recovery Core. You can import this license file the first time you start the Core. For more information about licenses, see Understanding licensing. For instructions on activating a license, see Activating your Rapid Recovery license.

6.
Note the Rapid Recovery Documentation shortcut. Double-click this shortcut to view technical product documentation on the Quest Support website.

Documentation for Quest Rapid Recovery products is hosted on the Quest Support portal at https://support.quest.com/rapid-recovery/technical-documents.

Double-clicking this shortcut opens the Rapid Recovery Core Console. You can use the configured Rapid Recovery Core as a replication target. This Azure VM serves as the destination, or target Core, to host machines replicated from any Rapid Recovery source Core.

The first time you open the Core Console, you will be prompted to associate a license key. You can use the temporary key on the desktop, or obtain a perpetual license from Quest and enter that information.

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