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Rapid Recovery 6.1.2 - Replication Target for Microsoft Azure Setup Guide

Adding storage to your Azure VM

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.

When you create a virtual machine from the Azure Marketplace, the VM includes only the amount of memory reserved for the operating system. From your Azure account, you must attach at least one additional data disk to your replication target VM.

You can add storage to your Azure VM before you set up Rapid Recovery replication target, or any time afterward. Quest recommends adding storage first, for the sake of simplicity. If you add storage before setting up your replication target Core using the configuration script, the repository is automatically defined as the storage location for your repository.

If you attach storage to your VM after the Core is configured, you can run the configuration script again to automatically associate that storage with your repository. Alternatively, you can add a new storage location to an existing Rapid Recovery DVM repository from the Core Console GUI on your VM. For more information, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide topic Adding a storage location to an existing repository.

Perform the following procedure in your Azure account to attach storage to the replication target VM.

The Virtual machines page appears.
4.
In the Settings pane, click [Disks icon]Disks.
The Disks pane expands.
5.
In the Disks pane, from the top menu, select [Attach new] Attach new.
The Attach new disk pane appears.

Option

Description

Name

Type an appropriate name for your storage disk.

For example, type ReplicationVM1_StorageVolume1.

Type

Select the appropriate disk type.

Standard disks use standard magnetic disks. Premium (SSD) disks use solid state drives and have low latency.

Quest recommends using premium disks on Azure for high transfer rates or frequent replication.

Size (GiB)

Enter the appropriate disk size.

Quest strongly recommends using a 1023GB disk (the current maximum for Azure).

NOTE: When you run the configuration utility (described in the topic Running the Core configuration script from the VM desktop), any empty storage disks that you attached to your Azure VM are automatically added to your Core as a DVM repository. If multiple disks are attached, each is configured as a separate storage location in the DVM repository. If you want to add more than one storage disk at the outset, add them all before running the configuration script.

Location

Confirm the default location.

Host caching

Select the appropriate host caching option.

Next steps

Proceed to the next step in the setup process, Running the Core configuration script from the VM desktop.

Running the Core configuration script from the VM desktop

This task describes the process of running a configuration script from the shortcut on the desktop of your Azure replication target VM. Quest recommends performing this process after first attaching storage to the Azure VM, and repeating it each time you add additional storage to your VM. Running this script typically takes about five minutes, after which the command window closes.

Perform this step from the desktop of the Azure VM to configure the Rapid Recovery Core software.

CAUTION: During the execution of this script, if you are prompted with a dialog box to format the drive, you must select Cancel. The script then formats the storage drive using appropriate settings.
1.
From the Azure VM desktop, right-click on the Configure Rapid Recovery Replication Target for Azure shortcut, and from the context-sensitive menu, select Run as administrator.
A command window entitled Administrator: Windows PowerShell appears, and the script begins to run. Several operations occur sequentially, and the progress of the script is logged in the command window.
2.
If a Microsoft Windows dialog box appears prompting you to format the disk before you can use it, click Cancel.

Next steps

Before replicating, you must disable the Compatibility View feature in the Internet Explorer web browser. For more information, see Disabling Compatibility View in Internet Explorer.

Disabling Compatibility View in Internet Explorer

This task describes the process to disable the Compatibility View option of Internet Explorer. This step is required for using the Rapid Recovery Core Console on the Azure VM.

Internet Explorer includes a Compatibility View feature. The purpose of this feature is to correct the display of websites optimized for old versions of Internet Explorer (version 7 or earlier). By default, this option is typically enabled for all intranet sites, but can present problems when viewing modern web interfaces.

Disable the Compatibility View option as described in this topic to use the Rapid Recovery Core Console with Internet Explorer.

For example, double-click the Core Console shortcut on the VM desktop.

An Internet Explorer web browser window opens. If the content does not display, check for and disable the Compatibility View feature as follows.

2.
From Internet Explorer, click the [Tools] Tools icon, and then select Compatibility View Settings.

The Compatibility View Settings dialog box appears.

3.
In the Compatibility View Settings dialog box, clear the following settings:

Option

Description

Display intranet sites in Compatibility View

You must clear this option. This appears in all versions of Internet Explorer.

Display all websites in Compatibility View

Clear this option if it appears in your version of Internet Explorer.

4.
Click Close.

Understanding licensing

Each Core must have a software license that registers with the license portal.

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