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Rapid Recovery 6.1.2 - User Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery Core Console Core settings Repositories Encryption keys Protecting machines
About protecting machines with Rapid Recovery Support for dynamic and basic volumes Understanding the Rapid Recovery Agent software installer Deploying Agent to multiple machines simultaneously from the Core Console Using the Deploy Agent Software Wizard to deploy to one or more machines Modifying deploy settings Understanding protection schedules Protecting a machine About protecting multiple machines Settings and functions for protected Exchange servers Settings and functions for protected SQL servers
Managing protected machines Snapshots and recovery points Replication Events Reporting VM export Restoring data Bare metal restore
Bare metal restore for Windows machines Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines Using the Universal Recovery Console for a BMR Performing a bare metal restore for Linux machines Viewing the recovery progress Starting a restored target server Troubleshooting connections to the Universal Recovery Console Repairing boot problems Performing a file system check on the restored volume
Managing aging data Archiving Cloud storage accounts The Local Mount Utility The Central Management Console Core Console references Command Line Management utility PowerShell module
Prerequisites for using PowerShell Working with commands and cmdlets Rapid Recovery PowerShell module cmdlets Localization Qualifiers
Scripting REST APIs About us Glossary

Understanding Central Management Console core reports

Rapid Recovery lets you generate and view job reports, failure reports, and summary information for multiple Rapid Recovery Cores. Details about the Cores are presented in summary tables with the same categories described in the sections Understanding the Job report, Understanding the Failure report, Understanding the Summary report, and Understanding the Job Summary report.

For information on how to generate a report for multiple cores, see Generating a report from the Central Management Console.

Generating a report from the Central Management Console

Complete the following procedure to generate a report for multiple Rapid Recovery Cores from the Central Management Console.

1.
From the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console, click the mode selector drop-down menu in the upper-right corner, and select Reports.

The report selection page appears. The CoreJobReport is selected by default. To the right of the report name, a downward-facing arrow appears, from which you could select another report type.

2.
From the left navigation menu, select any combination of the individual Rapid Recovery Cores or Core Groups, that you want to include in the report.

For more information about these report types, see About Rapid Recovery reports.

You can choose from the options in the following table.

Option

Description

Day

Reports activity for the last day, relative to the time you generate the report.

Week

Reports activity for the last week, relative to the time you generate the report.

Month

Reports activity for the last 31 days, relative to the time you generate the report.

Year

Reports activity for the last year, relative to the time you generate the report.

All Time

This time period spans the lifetime of the Core.

Custom

This time period requires you to further specify start and end dates.

Click Preview to generate and view the generated report online.
Use the Reports toolbar to view, manipulate, or print the report. For more information about the Reports toolbar, see Using the Reports toolbar.

Core Console references

This appendix includes reference tables that describe many of the functions and icons available in the Rapid Recovery Core Console. It serves as a supplement to Core Console chapter of the Rapid Recovery User Guide.

Viewing the Core Console user interface

The Core Console is the main UI through which users interact with Rapid Recovery. When you log into the Rapid Recovery Core Console, you see the following elements.

Table 177. UI elements included in the Core Console

UI Element

Description

Branding area

For typical environments, the top left side of the Core Console is branded with the full product name, including the Quest logo. Clicking anywhere on the branding area results in the opening of a new tab in the web browser, displaying product documentation on the Support website.

Button bar

The button bar, which appears to the right of the branding area, contains buttons accessible from anywhere in the Core Console. These buttons launch wizards to accomplish common tasks such as protecting a machine; performing a restore from a recovery point; creating, attaching, or importing an archive; or replicating from this source Core to a target Core.

Each button in the button bar is further described in the Table 178 table.

Running tasks count

Shows how many jobs are currently running. This value is dynamic based on the system state. When you click the drop-down menu, you see a status summary for all jobs currently running. By clicking the X for any job, you can choose to cancel that job.

Help drop-down menu

The Help menu includes the following options:

Help. Links to in-product help, which opens in a separate browser window.
Documentation. Links to Rapid Recovery technical documentation on the Quest Support website.
Support. Links to the Quest Support website, providing access to Live Chat, video tutorials, Rapid Recovery knowledge base articles, frequently asked questions, and more.
Quick Start Guide. The Quick Start Guide is a guided flow of suggested tasks to configure and use Rapid Recovery. The guide opens automatically each time you log in to the Core Console, unless you disable this feature. You can also open the Quick Start Guide from the Help menu. For more information about the Quick Start Guide, see Understanding the Quick Start Guide.
About. Opens the About Rapid Recovery Core dialog box, including version information and a description of the software.

Server date and time

The current time of the machine running the Rapid Recovery Core service appears at the top right of the Core Console. When you hover your mouse over the time, the server date also appears. This is the date and time recorded by the system for events such as logging, scheduling, and reporting. For example, when applying protection schedules, the time displayed on the Core Console is used. This is true even if the time zone is different on the database server or on the client machine where the browser is running.

Icon bar

The icon bar includes a graphic representation for major functions accessible in the Core Console. It appears on the left side of the user interface (UI), directly below the branding area. Clicking the appropriate item in the icon bar takes you to the corresponding section of the UI where you can manage that function.

Each of the icons in the icon bar is further described in the Table 179 table.

Left navigation area

The left navigation area appears on the left side of the user interface, below the icon bar.

You can toggle the appearance of the left navigation area on and off. This is helpful when you need to see more content in the main navigation area of the UI. To hide this section, click the gray border between the left navigation and main navigation areas. To show this UI element once more, click the gray border again.

Each of the elements in the left navigation area are further described in the Table 181 table.

Context-sensitive help

[Help from Core Console]

[Help from wizard]

From the Rapid Recovery Core Console, each time you click the Help icon (a blue question mark), a resizable browser window opens with two frames. The left frame contains a navigation tree showing topics from the Quest Rapid Recovery User Guide. The right frame displays content for the selected help topic. At any given time, the help navigation tree expands to show the location in its hierarchy for the selected topic. You can browse through all User Guide topics using this context-sensitive help feature. Close the browser when you are done browsing topics.

You can also open help from the Help option of the Help menu.

Button bar

Details about the button bar appear in the following table.

Table 178. Button bar buttons and menus

UI Element

Description

Button bar: Protect button and menu

[Protect button]

The Protect button launches the Protect Machine Wizard, from which you can protect a single machine in the Rapid Recovery Core. Additionally, for other protection options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.

The Protect Machine option is another method to launch the Protect Machine Wizard to protect a single machine.
The Protect Cluster option allows you to connect to a server cluster.
The Protect Multiple Machines option opens the Protect Multiple Machines Wizard to allow you to protect two or more machines simultaneously.
The Deploy Agent Software option lets you install the Rapid Recovery Agent software to one or more machines simultaneously. This function uses the Deploy Agent Software Wizard.

Button bar: Restore button and menu

[Restore button]

The Restore button opens the Restore Machine Wizard to allow you to restore data from recovery points saved from a protected machine.

Additionally for other restore or export options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.

The Restore Machine option is another method to launch the Restore Machine Wizard to restore data.
The Mount Recovery Point option launches the Mount Wizard, which lets you mount recovery points from a protected machine.
The VM Export option opens the Export Wizard. From this wizard you can create a virtual machine from recovery points saved in the Rapid Recovery Core. You have the option of creating a one-time export, or you can define parameters for a VM that is continually updated after every snapshot for a protected machine.

Button bar: Archive button and menu

[Archive button]

The Archive button opens the Archive Wizard. From this wizard you can create a one-time archive from selected recovery points, or you can create an archive and continually save to that archive based on a schedule you define.

Additionally for other archive options, you can access the drop-down menu next to this button, which includes the following options.

The Create Archive option is another method to launch the Create Archive Wizard to create a one-time archive or to archive continually.
The Import Archive option launches the Import Archive Wizard, which lets you import an archive.
The Attach Archive option mounts an archive so you can read the contents as a file system.

Button bar: Replication button

[Replicate button]

The Replication button opens the Replication Wizard. From this wizard you can specify a target Core, select machines protected on your source Core, and replicate recovery points from selected machines to the target Core in the repository you specify.

You can pause replication when defining it, or you can have replication begin immediately.

Additionally, you can specify whether a seed drive will be used to copy data for existing recovery points to the target Core.

Icon bar

Details about the icon bar appear in the following table.

Table 179. Icon bar

UI Element

Description

Icon bar

The icon bar includes a graphic representation for major functions accessible in the Core Console. Clicking the appropriate item takes you to the corresponding section of the user interface where you can manage that function. Icons in the icon bar include:

Icon bar: Home icon

[Home icon]

Home. Click the Home icon to navigate to the Core Home page.

Icon bar: Replication icon

[Replication icon]

Replication. Click the Replication icon to view or manage incoming or outgoing replication.

Icon bar: Virtual Standby icon

[Virtual Standby icon]

Virtual Standby. Click the Virtual Standby icon to export information from a recovery point to a bootable virtual machine.

Icon bar: Events icon

[Events icon]

Events. Click the Events icon to view a log of all system events related to the Rapid Recovery Core.

Icon bar: Settings icon

[Settings icon]

Settings. Click the Settings icon to view or manage settings for the Rapid Recovery Core. You can back up or restore Core configuration settings. You can set general settings to control ports or display aspects. Additionally, you can configure settings in the following categories: automatic updates; nightly jobs; transfer queue settings; client timeout settings; DVM deduplication cache settings; Replay engine settings; and deploy settings. You can view or change database connections; SMTP server settings; cloud storage accounts; and change font settings for reports. You can set SQL attachability settings; core job settings; license settings; SNMP settings; and vSphere settings.

Icon bar: More icon

[More icon]

More. Click the More icon to access other important features. Each has its own icon, listed below.

Icon bar: More icon

System Info

[System Information]

System Info. Click System Info to display data about the Rapid Recovery Core server. You can see the host name, OS, architecture and memory for the Core. You can see the name displayed on the Core Console. You can also view the fully qualified domain name of the Core on your network, and the path for your cache metadata and deduplication caches.

For more information about changing the display name, see Understanding system information for the Core.

For more information about deduplication cache, see Understanding deduplication cache and storage locations.

For information on adjusting the settings, see Configuring DVM deduplication cache settings.

Icon bar: More icon

Archives

[Archive icon]

Archives. Rapid Recovery lets you manage archives of information from the Core. You can view information about scheduled or attached archives, and you can add, check, or import archives.

Icon bar: More icon

Mounts

[Mount icon]

Mounts. Lets you view and dismount local mounts, and view and disconnect remote mounts.

Icon bar: More icon

Boot CDs

[Boot CDs]

Boot CDs. Lets you manage boot CDs, typically used for a bare metal restore (BMR). You can create a boot CD ISO image, delete an existing image, or click the path for the image to open or save it.

Icon bar: More icon

Repositories

[Repositories icon]

Repositories. Lets you view and manage repositories associated with your Core.

Icon bar: More icon

Encryption Keys

[Encryption keys icon]

Encryption Keys. Lets you view, manage, import, or add encryption keys that you can apply to protected machines. If not being used, you can delete encryption keys.

Icon bar: More icon

Cloud Accounts

[Cloud accounts icon]

Cloud Accounts. Lets you view and manage connections between your Core and Cloud storage accounts.

Icon bar: More icon

Retention Policy

[Retention policies icon]

Retention Policy. Lets you view and modify the Core retention policy, including how long to keep recovery points before rolling them up and eventually deleting them.

Icon bar: More icon

Notifications

[Notifications icon]

Notifications. Lets you configure notifications about Core events, define SMTP server settings to email notifications, and set repetition reduction to suppress repeated notifications about the same event.

Icon bar: More icon

Downloads

[Downloads icon]

Downloads. You can download the Agent software web installer, the Local Mount Utility, or MIB files containing event information to use in an SNMP browser.

Icon bar: More icon

Reports

[Reports icon]

Reports. Lets you access Core reports or schedule reports to generate on an ongoing basis.

Icon bar: More icon

Core Log

[Core log icon]

Core Log. Lets you download Core log file for diagnostic purposes.

Left navigation menu

The full set of menus that may appear in the left navigation area are described in the following table:

Table 180. Left navigation menu options

UI Element

Description

Protected Machines menu

The Protected Machines menu appears as the first menu in the left navigation area, if one or more machines is protected in your Core.

If you click a specific machine name shown in this pane, a Summary page appears, showing summary information for the selected machine. For more information on what you can accomplish on the Summary page, see Viewing summary information for a protected machine.

Replicated machines menu

If you see the name of another Rapid Recovery Core as a top-level navigation menu, then the Core on which you are viewing the Core Console is a target Core. The menu is named after the source Core, and each machine listed under it represents a machine from that source Core that is replicated on this target.

If this target Core replicates recovery points from more than one source Core, each source Core appears as its own navigable menu in the left navigation area.

If you click a specific machine name shown in a replicated machines menu, a Summary page appears, showing summary information for the selected replicated machine.

For more information about replication, see Replication.

Recovery Points Only menu

If you see a RECOVERY POINTS ONLY menu, your Core retains recovery points for a machine it once protected or replicated. While that machine is no longer continuing to capture new snapshots, the recovery points previously captured on your Core remain. These recovery points can be used for file-level recovery, but cannot be used for bare metal restore, for restoring entire volumes, or for adding snapshot data.

Custom groups menu

If you created any custom groups, a custom group menu appears in the navigation menu. Custom groups are logical containers used to group machines together (for example, by function, or organization, or by geographic location). Custom groups can contain heterogeneous objects (protected machines, replicated machines, and so on). You can define the label for a custom group; like other menus, the name appears in the menu in all upper-case letters.

You can perform actions for like items in a custom group by clicking the arrow to the right of the custom group title. For example, you can force a snapshot for every protected machine in a custom group.

For more information about creating and managing custom groups, see Understanding custom groups.

Attached archives menu

If you attach any archives to your Core, each archive is listed in the left navigation menu. Its label is the name of the archive. Contained in this list is each machine included in the archive.

Details about the elements in the left navigation area appear in the following table.

Table 181. Left navigation area and menus

UI Element

Description

Machines menus text filter

[Text filter]

The text filter is a text field that lets you filter the items displayed in the Protected Machines, Replicated Machines, and Recovery-Point Only machines menus. If you type your criteria in this filter, then only the machines that meet your criteria display in the appropriate menus.

Expand and contract details

[Expand and contract icon]

Click the arrow to the right of the text filter to expand and contract detail for the Protected Machines, Replicated Machines, and Recovery-Point Only machines menus.

Protected Machines menu

[Protected machine icon]

[Protected VM]

[Protected vCenter]

The Protected Machines menu appears in the left navigation area of the UI. In this menu, you can view any protected machines, protected clusters, or replicated machines configured in your Core. If you have any protected groups or recovery point-only machines, these also appear as part of this menu.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the protected machines in your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

The icon displayed portrays the machine type:

If you click the Protected Machines menu, a Protected Machines page appears, showing all protected machines on this Core in the Protected Machines pane. For more information, see Viewing the Protected Machines menu.

Replicated Machines menu

If replicating machines from another Rapid Recovery Core, the name of that Core appears as a separate menu under the Protected Machines menu. Each machine replicated on this target core from the listed source core appears under this menu.

For each replicated machine, the icon indicates the type of machine being replicated. For example, if replicating a single machine, the icon shows one machine. If replicating a server cluster, the icon represents a cluster.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of these replicated machines by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Replicated Machines menu, you can perform actions on all replicated machines.

If you click the Replicated Machines menu, the Machines page appears. This page shows all machines protected on another (source) Core that are replicated to this target Core. For more information, see Viewing replicated machines from the navigation menu.

Recovery Points Only menu

If any machines previously protected on the Core were removed from protection, but the recovery points were not deleted, then the Recovery Points Only menu appears. Each of the formerly protected machines with retained recovery points displays in this list.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the recovery points-only machines by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Recovery Points Only menu, you can remove the recovery points for all the recovery-points only machines on this Core.

If you click the Recovery Points Only menu, the Machines page appears, showing the machines from which the recovery points were saved. For more information, see Viewing the Recovery Points Only menu.

Custom Groups menu

If your Core includes any custom groups, then the left navigation area includes a Custom Group menu. Each of the objects in that custom group displays in this list.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the custom groups in your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the Custom Groups menu, you can perform actions for like items in the group.

If you click the Custom Groups menu, the Machines page appears, showing a pane for each of the Rapid Recovery objects that appear in your group: protected machines, replicated machines, and recovery points-only machines. For more information, see Viewing the Custom Groups menu.

Attached archives menu

[Archive]

If you attached any archives to your Core, then the left navigation area includes a menu for each attached archive. Each of the protected machines included in the archive displays in this list. The menu label uses the name specified when the archive was saved.

You can collapse or expand the view for any of the archives attached to your Core by clicking the arrow on the left side of this menu label.

From the attached archives menu, you can perform actions for like items in the group.

If you click the attached archives menu, the Machines page appears, showing a pane for each of the Rapid Recovery objects that appear in your group: protected machines, replicated machines, and recovery points-only machines. For more information, see Viewing the Custom Groups menu.

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