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Rapid Recovery 6.1.3 - Replication Target for Microsoft Azure Setup Guide

About Rapid Recovery licenses

To use and manage any version of Rapid Recovery, AppAssure, or DL series backup and recovery appliance software, you need two items:

License portal accounts are free. If you are a new user, register at When you register, use the email address that is on file with your Quest Sales representative. If upgrading from a trial version, use the email address associated with the trial version. If you need to use a different email address, contact your Quest sales representative for assistance.

For more details about the license portal, please see the Rapid Recovery License Portal User Guide.

The Rapid Recovery Core software requires a valid software license to perform uninterrupted backups, replication, or data restoration.

For the time period that it is valid, you can use a trial license. However, after a trial license expires, the Rapid Recovery Core stops taking snapshots, replicating, and restoring until you obtain and register a valid long-term license. For simple steps to register a temporary or long-term license, follow the procedure in the topic Activating your Rapid Recovery license.

Rapid Recovery Core. If you registered for a trial version of Rapid Recovery Core, the installer is configured with a trial license which you can use immediately. This temporary license is valid for 14 days, and can be extended one time by the group administrator to a 28-day license.
Replication to a target Core. If replicating to a target Core, you must have a valid replication-only license on the target Core.

If using Replication Target for Microsoft Azure, your VM comes with a Rapid Recovery 30-day trial key.lic file (stored on the VM desktop). To continue replicating after the trial license expires, you must obtain and register a permanent replication-only license. This type of license is included for free to any licensed user of Rapid Recovery Core or AppAssure Core. To obtain a long-term replication-only license, contact your Quest Sales representative.

If you purchased a Quest DL backup and recovery appliance, your appliance is configured with a 30-day temporary license that is activated automatically the first time you start the Core on the appliance.

After you purchase software or a Quest DL appliance, you receive by email a long-term (non-trial) license file or license number. If specified on the sales order, the license is sent to the end user email address. Otherwise, the long-term license is sent to the contact email address on the sales order.

The process for registering a temporary or long-term license are identical.

Contacting a Quest Sales representative

You can contact your Quest sales representative for assistance using the Contact Quest Software website at

For more information about licenses

For more information about Rapid Recovery licenses, see the following resources:

After upgrading your license, it is best practice to refresh the connection between the Core and the license portal. For more information, see the User Guide topic Contacting the Rapid Recovery License Portal server.

Activating your Rapid Recovery license

The Rapid Recovery Core software requires a software license. Follow this procedure to activate your Rapid Recovery Core license the first time you log in to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.

Use this process to activate your temporary 30-day license, or to activate a perpetual license you received from a Quest Sales representative.

From the Choose license file or enter license key field, click Choose File.
The Choose File to Upload dialog box appears.
For example, navigate to the desktop and select the Rapid Recovery 30-day trial key.lic file.
From the Choose File to Upload dialog box, click Open to confirm the license file selection.
The dialog box closes, and the filename of the license appears in the Choose license file or enter license key field.
In the Choose license file or enter license key field, type the license key precisely.
You must enter the exact key. If you copy the key and paste it into the Choose license file or enter license key field, ensure that you do not include any spaces before or after the key.
The license dialog box closes, and the license is applied to the Core. The Rapid Recovery Core Console user interface appears. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, the Welcome to the Core Quick Start Guide! dialog box appears. Your software license is now registered for the appropriate period.

Next steps

For information about configuring replication, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide topics Configuring replication and Replicating to a self-managed target core.

Considerations for seeding data to your target Core

Once you start replicating to your target Core VM, any new recovery points saved to your source Core are replicated on your VM in the Azure cloud.

For more information on replication in Rapid Recovery, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide, including the parent topic Replication and the topic Replication with Rapid Recovery.

If your source Core captured one or more base image backups before you started replicating to the Azure VM, you may have incomplete recovery point chains in your target Core. Until all backup data from the source Core is transmitted to the target Core, creating full recovery point chains from the orphans, you can only perform file-level restore.

For more information on recovery point chains and orphans, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide topics Recovery point chains and orphans and When replication begins.

If you want your replicated target Core to have access to data saved previously on the original source Core, seed your target Core. The process of seeding unites each incremental backup with its base image, repairs the orphaned data with full recovery point chains. There are two approaches to seeding:

For large data or slow connections, seeding by this method can take a substantial amount of time.

If you do not need to seed data (for example, if you capture a base image after starting replication, and don't need access to earlier data), then replication can be completed entirely from the source Core.

To help decide which seeding approach is more appropriate, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide topics Determining your seeding needs and strategy and Performance considerations for replicated data transfer.

If using a seed drive to seed data for your replication target, you must send the storage media containing the seed drive file to a Microsoft Azure data center. An Azure data center representative attaches the media, and notifies you when it is ready (typically within hours). You can then consume (or import) the seed data in your target Core.

For information and links specific to seeding for Azure, see Seeding data to Azure using the Microsoft Azure Import/Export service.

For a detailed procedure to consume the data, see the Rapid Recovery User Guide topic Consuming the seed drive on a target Core.

Seeding data to Azure using the Microsoft Azure Import/Export service

If seeding your data to an Azure replication target, use the Microsoft Azure Import/Export service. This service has certain prerequisite and requirements. These are documented on the Azure website, and links to some relevant articles are included below.

Following are some guidelines for seeding to Azure.

Since Microsoft can change prerequisites, requirements, costs, and so on, always verify this information.

For more information, including specific articles regarding pricing and procedure for using the Microsoft Azure Import/Export service, see Microsoft Azure documentation.

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