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Rapid Recovery 6.2 - User Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery Core Console Core settings
Core settings key functions Rapid Recovery Core settings Core-level tools
Repositories Managing privacy Encryption Protecting machines
About protecting machines with Rapid Recovery 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 Enabling application support 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 Verifying a bare metal restore
Managing aging data Archiving Cloud accounts The Local Mount Utility Core Console references REST APIs About us Glossary

Exporting to virtual machines using Rapid Recovery

From the Rapid Recovery Core, you can export a recovery point of a Windows or Linux machine to a virtual machine (VM) in one of several supported formats. If the original machine protected on the Core fails, you can boot up the virtual machine to quickly replace it temporarily, allowing you time to recover the original protected machine without substantial downtime. This virtual export process results in a VM with all of the backup information from a recovery point, as well as the operating system and settings for the protected machine. The VM becomes a bootable clone of the protected machine.

You can perform a virtual export from the Virtual Standby page in the Core Console; from a specific recovery point displayed in the Core; or by selecting VM Export from the [Restore] Restore drop-down menu on the button bar.

When you perform a virtual export from Rapid Recovery Core, you have two choices:

You can perform a one-time virtual export, which creates a bootable VM representing a single snapshot in time from the information in the selected recovery point. The export job is queued immediately, and when it completes, the cloned VM exports to the location you specified. The configuration information used for a one-time export is not saved.
You can set up continual export. This process creates a bootable VM from the original recovery point you specified, saving the VM in a location you specify. The configuration information for performing that virtual export is saved in the Virtual Standby page in the Core Console. Subsequently, each time a new snapshot of the protected machine is captured, the Core queues a new virtual export job, and the bootable VM is refreshed with the updated information. Because this creates a high-availability resource for data recovery, this feature is also called virtual standby.

In between the time a virtual export job queues and is completed, the job is listed on the Export Queue pane of the Virtual Standby page in the Core Console.

The following diagram shows a typical deployment for exporting data to a virtual machine.

Figure 5. Virtual standby deployment

[Virtual standby deployment]

Compatible VM hypervisors include vCenter/ESXi, VMware Workstation, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, and Azure. For information about supported versions of these hypervisors, see the topic "Hypervisor requirements" in the Rapid Recovery System Requirements Guide.

For ESXi, VMware Workstation, or Hyper-V, the virtual machine version must be a licensed version of these virtual machines, not the trial or free versions. Exporting to Azure requires you to have an account on Azure, with other prerequisites.

Exporting data to an ESXi virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data to ESXi by performing a one-time export, or by establishing a continual export (for virtual standby). Complete the steps in the following procedures for the appropriate type of export.

Performing a one-time ESXi export

Complete the steps in this procedure to perform a one-time export to ESXi.

1.
In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, in the button bar, click the Restore drop-down menu, and then click VM Export.
3.
Click Next.
5.
Click Next.
7.
Click Next.
8.
On the Destination page in the Export Wizard, in the Export to a virtual machine drop-down menu, select ESX(i).

Table 117. Virtual machine parameters

Options

Description

Host name

Enter a name for the host machine.

Port

Enter the port for the host machine. The default is 443.

User name

Enter the user name for logging on to the host machine.

Password

Enter the password for logging on to the host machine.

Table 118. Virtual machine options

Option

Description

Resource pool

Select a resource pool from the drop-down list.

VM configuration location

Select a data store from the drop-down list.

Virtual machine name

Enter a name for the virtual machine.

Memory

Specify the memory usage for the virtual machine by clicking one of the following:

The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

Number of processors

The number of processors (CPUs) you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.

Cores per processor

The number of cores you want to have for each processor. The minimum is 1.

Disk provisioning

Select the type of disk provisioning from the following options:

Disk mapping

Specify the type of disk mapping from the following options:

Version

Select the version of ESXi being used to create the virtual machine from the drop-down list.

11.
Click Next.
12.
On the Volumes page, select the volumes you want to export, and then click Next.
13.
On the Summary page, click Finish to complete the wizard and start the export.

Setting up continual export to ESXi

Complete the steps in this procedure to set up continual export to an ESXi virtual machine (VM) using Rapid Recovery. This is also known as setting up virtual standby.

1.
In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, do one of the following:
From the Core Console, in the button bar, click the [Restore] Restore drop-down menu, and then select VM Export.
1.
2.
Click Next.
On the Virtual Standby page, click Add to launch the Virtual Machine Export Wizard.
2.
On the Machines page of the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select the protected machine that you want to export.
3.
Click Next.
4.
On the Recovery Points page, select the recovery point that you want to use for the export.
5.
Click Next.
6.
On the Destination page of the Export Wizard, in the Recover to a Virtual Machine drop-down menu, select ESXi.

Table 119. ESXi credentials

Option

Description

Host name

Enter a name for the host machine.

Port

Enter the port for the host machine. The default is 443.

User name

Enter the logon credentials for the host machine.

Password

Enter the logon credentials for the host machine.

8.
On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the information described in the following table.

Table 120. Virtual machine options

Option

Description

Resource Pool

Select a resource pool from the drop-down list.

Data Store

Select a data store from the drop-down list.

Virtual Machine Name

Enter a name for the Virtual Machine.

Memory

Specify the memory usage for the virtual machine by clicking one of the following:

The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

Number of processors

The number of processors (CPUs) you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.

Cores per processor

The number of cores you want to have for each processor. The minimum is 1.

Disk Provisioning

Select the type of disk provisioning from the following options:

Disk Mapping

Specify the type of disk mapping as appropriate (Automatic, Manual, or with VM).

Version

Select the version of the virtual machine.

Perform initial one-time export

Select to perform the virtual export immediately instead of after the next scheduled snapshot (optional)

9.
Click Next.
10.
On the Volumes page, select the volumes you want to export, and then click Next.
11.
On the Summary page, click Finish to complete the wizard and start the export.
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