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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

Configuring Core default retention policy settings

The retention policy for the Core specifies how long the recovery points for a protected machine are stored in the repository.

The Core retention policy is enforced by a rollup process which is performed as one component of running nightly jobs. Then, recovery points beyond the age specified in the retention policy are “rolled up” (combined) into fewer recovery points that cover a less granular period of time. Applying the retention policy on a nightly basis results in the ongoing rollup of aging backups. This eventually results in the deletion of the oldest recovery points, based on the requirements specified in that retention policy.

Different retention settings can be configured for source and target Cores.

NOTE: This topic is specific to customizing retention policy settings on the Rapid Recovery Core. When you save customized retention policy settings on the Core, you establish the default retention policy settings which can be applied to all machines protected by this Core. For more information on customizing retention policy settings for individual protected machines, see Customizing retention policy settings for a protected machine.
1.
Navigate to the Rapid Recovery Core Console.

The Nightly Jobs core settings appear.

3.
Under Nightly Jobs, click [Change] Change.

The Nightly Jobs dialog box displays.

The Configuration dialog box for the Core default retention policy displays.

All settings are restored to the default values described in the table in Step 6.

The retention policy options are described in the following table.

Table 149. Schedule options for default retention policy

Text Box

Description

Keep all recovery points for n [retention time period]…

Specifies the primary retention period for all recovery points saved to the repository.

Enter a number to represent the retention period and then select the time period. The default is 3 days.

You can choose from: Days, Weeks, Months, and Years

…and then keep one recovery point per hour for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per hour for a time period that you specify. The default is 2 days. You can choose from days, weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point hourly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per day for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per day for a time period that you specify. The default is 4 days. You can choose from days, weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point daily, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per week for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per week for a time period that you specify. The default is 3 weeks. You can choose from weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point weekly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per month for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per month for a time period that you specify. The default is 2 months. You can choose from months and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point monthly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per year for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per year for a number of years that you specify. The default (1 year) is disabled by default.

If you do want to save at least one recovery point yearly, select this option and specify a number of years. If you do not want to save at least one recovery point yearly, clear this option.

The oldest recovery point is determined by the retention policy settings.

The following is an example of how the retention period is calculated.

Keep all recovery points for three days.

…and then keep one recovery point per hour for three days

…and then keep one recovery point per day for four days

…and then keep one recovery point per week for three weeks

…and then keep one recovery point per month for two months

…and then keep one recovery point per month for one year

In this example, the oldest recovery point would be one year and three months old.

The Configuration dialog box closes.

8.
In the Nightly Jobs dialog box, click OK.

The Nightly Jobs dialog box closes. The retention policy you defined is applied during the nightly rollup.

You can also to apply these settings when specifying the retention policy for any individual protected machine. For more information about setting retention policies for a protected machine, see Customizing retention policy settings for a protected machine.

Customizing retention policy settings for a protected machine

If you want to relocate recovery points for a specific protected machine from a primary DVM repository to a tiering repository, the tiering repository must already exist. To define a tiering repository, see the topic Creating a tiering repository.

The retention policy for a protected machine specifies how long recovery points are stored in the repository. By default, each protected machine uses the retention policy established for the Core unless you specify a custom retention policy, as described in this procedure.

Starting with AppAssure version 5.4.1, Rapid Recovery includes the ability to set disparate retention policies between a protected machine on the source Core and the corresponding replicated machine on the target Core.

Use this procedure to define a custom retention policy for a protected machine, including a replicated machine.

NOTE: The following applies to environments upgrading from AppAssure release 5.3.x to release 5.4.1 or any version of Rapid Recovery Core. If you want to customize a retention policy for any replicated machine, first upgrade the source and target Cores to AppAssure Core release 5.4.1, and then perform the Checking Repository job on each repository in that target Core. Completing this job is likely to take a substantial amount of time, based on the size of your repository and the underlying storage system. For background information about this job, see About checking the integrity of DVM repositories. For information on how to perform this job, see Performing an integrity check on a DVM repository.
1.
From the Machines menu of the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the name of the machine that you want to modify.

The Summary page for the selected machine displays.

2.
Click the Settings menu.

The Settings page displays, showing configuration settings for the selected machine.

3.
Optionally, click the Nightly Jobs link to scroll down in the Settings page to view nightly jobs settings.

The Nightly Jobs dialog box displays.

The Configuration dialog box for the retention policy displays.

b.
Click Yes to confirm the Integrity Check job.
7.
In the Configuration dialog box, do one of the following:
To use the default retention policy for this protected machine, select Use Core default retention policy, and then click Save. The default policy is applied to this protected machine.
To define a custom retention policy for this agent, select Use custom retention policy, and then continue with the next step.
The Configuration dialog box expands to show custom retention policy information.

Table 150. Schedule options for custom retention policy

Text Box

Description

Keep all recovery points for n [retention time period]…

Specifies the primary retention period for all recovery points saved to the repository.

Enter a number to represent the retention period and then select the time period. The default is 3 days.

You can choose from: Days, Weeks, Months, and Years

…and then keep one recovery point per hour for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per hour for a time period that you specify. The default is 2 days. You can choose from days, weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point hourly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per day for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per day for a time period that you specify. The default is 4 days. You can choose from days, weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point daily, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per week for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per week for a time period that you specify. The default is 3 weeks. You can choose from weeks, months, and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point weekly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per month for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per month for a time period that you specify. The default is 2 months. You can choose from months and years.

If you do not want to save at least one recovery point monthly, clear this option.

…and then keep one recovery point per year for n [retention time period]

If selected, this setting keeps one recovery point per year for a number of years that you specify. The default (1 year) is disabled by default.

If you do want to save at least one recovery point yearly, select this option and specify a number of years. If you do not want to save at least one recovery point yearly, clear this option.

The following is an example of how the retention period is calculated.

Keep all recovery points for three days.

…and then keep one recovery point per hour for three days

…and then keep one recovery point per day for four days

…and then keep one recovery point per week for three weeks

…and then keep one recovery point per month for two months

…and then keep one recovery point per month for one year

In this example, the oldest recovery point would be one year, 3 months old.

a.
Select the Relocate outdated recovery points to a tiering repository option.
c.
From the Select a repository drop-down menu, select the tiering repository to which you want to relocate all recovery points for the specified machine.
11.
Click Save.

Forcing rollup for a protected machine

You can bypass your scheduled retention policy by forcing recovery points to roll up at the protected machine level.

1.
From the Protected Machines menu of the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the name of a specific protected machine.

The Summary page for the selection machine appears.

2.
Click the More drop-down menu at the top of the protected machine view, and then select Retention Policy.
The Retention Policy page for the specified machine appears.
3.
Click Force Rollup.
4.
Rapid Recovery initiates rollup for this machine, regardless of the retention policy schedule.

Archiving

This section provides conceptual information about Rapid Recovery archives, including business cases for creating them, storage options, and uses. It also describes how to create a one-time archive, or how to create an archive that is continually updated on a schedule. Topics describe how to pause or edit scheduled archives, how to force or check an archive, and how to attach or import an archive.

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