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Rapid Recovery 6.1.3 - Installation and Upgrade Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery Rapid Recovery system requirements Installing Rapid Recovery
Understanding Rapid Recovery components About installing the Rapid Recovery Core Installing the Rapid Recovery Agent software Installing the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console Automatically installing updates Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Core Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Agent software Uninstalling the AppAssure Agent software from a Linux machine Uninstalling the Rapid Recovery Central Management Console About the Local Mount Utility
Upgrading to Rapid Recovery About us

Introduction to Rapid Recovery

Rapid Recovery is a backup, replication, and recovery solution that offers near-zero recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives. Rapid Recovery offers data protection, disaster recovery, data migration and data management. You have the flexibility of performing bare-metal restore (to similar or dissimilar hardware), and you can restore backups to physical or virtual machines, regardless of origin. Rapid Recovery can also archive to the cloud, to a DL series backup and recovery appliance, or to a supported system of your choice. With Rapid Recovery, you can replicate to one or more targets for added redundancy and security.

Rapid Recovery offers:

Flexibility. You can perform universal recovery to multiple platforms, including restoring from physical to virtual, virtual to physical, virtual to virtual, and physical to physical.
Cloud integration. You can archive and replicate to the cloud, using cloud storage vendors that support both proprietary and open-source platforms.
Intelligent deduplication. You can reduce storage requirements by storing data once, and referencing it thereafter (once per repository or encryption domain).
Instant recovery. Our Live Recovery feature allows you to access critical data first, while remaining restore operations complete in parallel.
File-level recovery. You can recover data at the file level on-premise, from a remote location, or from the cloud.
Virtual support. Enhanced support for virtualization includes agentless protection and autodiscovery for VMware ESXi 5 and higher, and export to Microsoft Hyper-V cluster-shared volumes.

See the following resources for more information about Rapid Recovery.


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Rapid Recovery system requirements

This section describes the system and license requirements for installing the Rapid Recovery Core, Rapid Recovery Agent, and Rapid Recovery Central Management Console.


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Recommended network infrastructure

For running Rapid Recovery, Quest requires a minimum network infrastructure of 1 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) for efficient performance. Quest recommends 10GbE networks for robust environments. 10GbE networks are also recommended when protecting servers featuring large volumes (5TB or higher).

If multiple network interface cards (NICs) are available on the Core machine that support NIC teaming (grouping several physical NICs into a single logical NIC), and if the switches on the network allow it, then using NIC teaming on the Core may provide extra performance. In such cases, teaming up spare network cards that support NIC teaming on any protected machines, when possible, may also increase overall performance.

If the core uses iSCSI or Network Attached Storage (NAS), Quest recommends using separate NIC cards for storage and network traffic, respectively.

Use network cables with the appropriate rating to obtain the expected bandwidth. Quest recommends testing your network performance regularly and adjusting your hardware accordingly.

These suggestions are based on typical networking needs of a network infrastructure to support all business operations, in addition to the backup, replication, and recovery capabilities Rapid Recovery provides.


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UEFI and ReFS support

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a replacement for Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). For Windows systems, UEFI uses the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) system partitions that are handled as simple FAT32 volumes.

Protection and recovery capabilities are available in Rapid Recovery for EFI system partitions with the following operating systems:

Windows: Windows 8,Windows 8.1, Windows 10; Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.
Linux: All supported versions of Linux.

Rapid Recovery also supports the protection and recovery of Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.


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