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Rapid Recovery 6.2 - System Requirements Guide

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 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.

Support for dynamic and basic volumes

Rapid Recovery supports taking snapshots of all dynamic and basic volumes. Rapid Recovery also supports exporting simple dynamic volumes that are on a single physical disk. As their name implies, simple dynamic volumes are not striped, mirrored, spanned, or RAID volumes.

The behavior for virtual export of dynamic disks differs, based on whether the volume you want to export is protected by the Rapid Recovery Agent software, or is a VM using agentless protection. This is because non-simple or complex dynamic volumes have arbitrary disk geometries that cannot be fully interpreted by the Rapid Recovery Agent.

When you try to export a complex dynamic disk from a machine with the Rapid Recovery Agent software, a notification appears in the user interface to alert you that exports are limited and restricted to simple dynamic volumes. If you attempt to export anything other than a simple dynamic volume with the Rapid Recovery Agent, the export job fails.

In contrast, dynamic volumes for VMs you protect agentlessly are supported for protection, virtual export, restoring data, and BMR, and for repository storage, with some important restrictions. For example:

Protection: In the case when a dynamic volume spans multiple disks, you must protect those disks together to maintain the integrity of the volume.
Virtual export: You can export complex dynamic volumes such as striped, mirrored, spanned, or RAID volumes from an ESXi or Hyper-V host using agentless protection. However, the volumes are exported at the disk level, with no volume parsing. For example, if exporting a dynamic volume spanned across two disks, the export will include two distinct disk volumes.
Restoring data: When restoring a dynamic volume that spans multiple disks, you must restore the dynamic disks with the original system volumes to preserve the disk types. If you restore only one disk, you will break the disk configuration.

Repository storage: Additionally, Rapid Recovery supports the creation of repositories on complex dynamic volumes (striped, mirrored, spanned, or RAID). The file system of the machine hosting the repository must be NTFS or ReFS.

Supported applications and cluster types

To protect your cluster properly, you must have installed the Rapid Recovery Agent software on each of the machines or nodes in the cluster. Rapid Recovery supports the application versions and cluster configurations listed in the following table.

Table 1. Supported application versions and cluster configurations

Application

Application Version and Related Cluster Configuration

Windows Failover Cluster

Microsoft Exchange Server

2007 Single Copy Cluster (SCC)

2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR)

2008 R2

2010 Database Availability Group (DAG)

2008 R2

2013, 2016 DAG

2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2

Microsoft SQL Server

2005

2008 R2

2008, 2008 R2 SCC

2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2

2012, 2014 SCC

2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2

2012, 2014, 2016 Availability Groups

2012, 2012 R2, 2016

2017

N/A

NOTE: As of Rapid Recovery 6.2, Windows 2008 is no longer supported. However, protection of a Windows 2008 cluster is supported if it has a Rapid Recovery 6.1.x Agent installed.

The supported disk types include:

The supported mount types include:

Support for Cluster Shared Volumes

Rapid Recovery release 6.1 and later includes the Rapid Snap for Virtual feature. With the Rapid Recovery Agent installed on each node, you can protect and restore supported VMs hosted on Hyper-V cluster-shared volumes (CSVs) installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

In addition, Rapid Recovery release 6.1 and later supports virtual export to Hyper-V CSVs installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. For information about supported hypervisors, see Hypervisor requirements.

Rapid Recovery only supports protection and restore of CSV volumes running on Windows Server 2008 R2.

The following table depicts current Rapid Recovery support for cluster-shared volumes.

Table 2. Rapid Recovery support for cluster-shared volumes

Operating System

Protect1 and Restore2 VMs on a Hyper-V CSV

Virtual Export to 
Hyper-V CSV

Protect1 and Restore3 of CSV

CSV Operating System

Rapid Recovery Version

Rapid Recovery Version

Rapid Recovery Version

6.0.x

6.1.x

6.2.x

6.0.x

6.1.x

6.2.x

6.0.x

6.1.x

6.2.x

Windows Server 2008 R2

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Server 2012

No

Limited

Limited

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Windows Server 2012 R2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Windows Server 2016

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

1 Protect includes protection, replication, rollup, mount, and archiving.

2 Restore includes file-level restore, volume-level restore, bare metal restore, and virtual export.

3 Restore includes file-level restore, volume-level restore, and bare metal restore.

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