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Rapid Recovery 6.1.3 - 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 driver injection in a boot CD

The boot CD image requires storage drivers to recognize the drives of the server, and network adapter drivers in order to communicate with the Rapid Recovery Core over the network.

A generic set of Windows 8.1 x64 storage controller and network adapter drivers are included automatically when you generate a boot CD for Windows. This satisfies the requirements of newer systems. Systems from other manufacturers or older systems may require you to inject storage controller or network adapter drivers when creating the boot CD. If you discover the boot CD you created does not contain the drivers necessary to complete the restore, you can also load drivers on to the target machine using the URC. For more information, see Loading drivers using the Universal Recovery Console.

When creating the boot CD, driver injection is used to facilitate interoperability between the recovery console, network adapter, and storage on the target server.

Data restored from the recovery point includes drivers for the hardware previously in place. If performing a bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware, then you must also inject storage controller drivers into the operating system being restored using the URC after the data has been restored to the drive, This allows the restored operating system to boot using the new set of hardware. After the OS is booted after the restore, you can then download and install any additional drivers needed by the OS to interact with its new hardware.

Creating a boot CD ISO image

A boot CD is the term Rapid Recovery uses to refer to the portable storage location of the ISO image reserved for performing a bare metal restore (BMR). The image includes the Rapid Recovery Universal Recovery Console (URC).

To perform a BMR on a machine, you must start the machine from the boot CD, which launches the URC. The URC is what makes it possible to connect the BMR target to the location of the recovery point you want to use to complete the restore.

From the Rapid Recovery Core Console where the server you need to restore is protected, in the icon bar, click the More menu, and then click Boot CDs.
In the Create Boot CD dialog box, in the Output path text box, enter the location where you want to store the boot CD ISO image.
To specify a static IP address for the URC, select Use the following IP address, and then enter the following information:
Select Add UltraVNC.
Enter your UltraVNC password.
Enter the UltraVNC port. The default port is 5900.
NOTE: The UltraVNC Options are only available if you already have UltraVNC installed. To make these options available, go to to download UltraVNC version or later for x64 architecture. Install it and save the winvnc.exe file to C:\Program Files\AppRecovery\Core\BootCdKit\UltraVnc_x64\.

The driver file appears in the Drivers pane of the Create Boot CD dialog box.

Repeat Step c and Step d, as appropriate, until you add all necessary drivers.

For more information about injecting drivers, see .

Click Create Boot CD.

Rapid Recovery creates the boot CD and saves it with the file name you provided.

For more information about monitoring Rapid Recovery events, see Viewing events using tasks, alerts, and journal pages.

To access the ISO image, you can navigate to the output path you specified or click the link on the Boot CDs page to save the image to a location from which you can then load it onto the new system, such as a network drive.

Transferring the boot CD ISO image to media

When you create the boot CD file, it is stored as an ISO image in the path you specified. You must be able to mount this image as a drive on the server on which you are performing a bare metal restore.

You can burn the boot CD ISO image onto compact disc (CD) or digital video disk (DVD) media accessible at system startup.

When you start the machine from the boot CD, the Universal Recovery Console launches automatically.

If performing a BMR on a virtual machine, this step is not required. Simply load the ISO image in a drive and edit settings for that VM to start from that drive.

Loading the boot CD and starting the target machine

To connect to the Rapid Recovery Core Console or to use Chromium for downloading additional drivers, you must first load an Ethernet controller and network adapter. For more information, see Loading drivers using the Universal Recovery Console.

To open the Rapid Recovery Universal Recovery Console (URC) user interface, click the Quest icon at the top of the screen.

The IP address and password for the machine appear under Authentication.

The machine is ready for you to connect to the Core, select a recovery point, and continue the bare metal restore process.

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