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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

Methods to access an archive

When you need to access the data in an archived recovery point, you have two options.

For archives created with Rapid Recovery version 6.0.1 and later, you can attach the archive. The attached archive is displayed in the left navigation menu of the Core Console. You can browse the recovery points in the archive, and take the same actions on that data as with any other recovery points currently in your repository, without importing that data into your repository.
You can import an archive, restoring those recovery points to your repository. You can then take the same actions on that data as with any other recovery points currently in your Core. Rapid Recovery Core is backward compatible, supporting import of archives from all AppAssure and Rapid Recovery versions.

When you need to access the data in an archived recovery point, you can attach (for Rapid Recovery 6.x and later) or import the archive, restoring those recovery points to your repository.

Uses for archives

Once an archive is created, it can be used in the following ways:

Creating an archive

You can use this procedure to create a one-time or scheduled archive.

If you plan on creating an archive to a cloud location, first add your cloud account to the Rapid Recovery Core Console. For more information, see Adding a cloud account.

A one-time archive is an archive created on demand for a specified machine. A scheduled archive is an archive that automatically recurs on the date and time you specify in the wizard. When you schedule a recurring archive, you meet the need for archiving data from protected machines frequently without the inconvenience of repeatedly defining a one-time archive.

When creating your archive, you must decide whether to include a full recovery point chain in your archive. For more information, see Recovery point chain options for archives.

2.
On the Archive Type page of the wizard, select one of the following options:
3.
Click Next.
4.
On the Location page, select an option from the Location type drop-down list and then enter the information as described in the following table.

Table 151. Archive location type options

Option

Text Box

Description

Local

Location

Enter the local path where you want the archive to reside; for example, d:\work\archive.

Network

Location

Enter the network path where you want the archive to reside; for example, \\servername\sharename.

User name

Enter the user name for the user with access to the network share.

Password

Enter the password for the user with access to the network share.

Cloud

Account

Select an account from the drop-down list.

Container

Select a container associated with your account from the drop-down menu.

Folder name

Enter a name for the folder in which the archived data is saved.

Use Glacier storage

To store your archive in Amazon Glacier storage, select this option. This option is intended for long-term storage of archives. For more information, see Amazon storage options and archiving.

5.
Click Next.
6.
On the Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machine or machines you want to archive and then click Next.
8.
On the Schedule page, select one of the following options from the Send data drop-down list:

Table 152. Send data options

Option

Text Box

Description

Daily

At time

Select the hour of the day you want to create a daily archive.

Weekly

At day of week

Select a day of the week on which to automatically create the archive.

At time

Select the hour of the day you want to create an archive.

Monthly

At day of months

Select the day of the month on which to automatically create the archive.

At time

Select the hour of the day you want to create an archive.

11.
Click Next.
12.
On the Options page for a continuous archive, select one of the recycle actions described in the following table.

Table 153. Continuous archive recycle options

Text Box

Description

Replace this Core

Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this Core but leaves the data for other Cores intact.

Erase completely

Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.

Incremental

Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that exist in the archive.

13.
On the Options page for a continuous archive, determine whether to include full recovery point chains in your archive. For more information about recovery point chain options, see Recovery point chain options for archives. Do one of the following:
Select Build complete recovery point chains, including referenced base images outside the date range, and then skip to Step 17.
14.
On the Options page for a one-time archive, enter the information described in the following table.

Table 154. One-time archive options

Text Box

Description

Maximum size

Large archives of data can be divided into multiple segments. Select the maximum amount of space you want to reserve for creating the archive by doing one of the following:

Select Entire Target to reserve all available space in the path provided on the destination provided in Step 4. (For example, if the location is D:\work\archive, all the available space on the D: drive is reserved).

Recycle action

Select one of the following recycle action options:

Do not reuse. Does not overwrite or clear any existing archived data from the location. If the location is not empty, Rapid Recovery lets you select a different location.
Replace this Core. Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this Core but leaves the data for other Cores intact.
Erase completely. Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.
Incremental. Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that already exist in the archive.

Comment

Enter any additional information that is necessary to capture for the archive. The comment is displayed if you import the archive later.

Build complete recovery points chains, including referenced base images outside the date range.

Select this option to archive the entire recovery point chain. This option is selected by default.

Include only the recovery points in the date range. This saves space, but you are responsible for archiving any needed base images.

Select this option to archive only the incremental recovery points and no base images.

For more information about recovery point chain options, see Recovery point chain options for archives.

16.
On the Date Range page, either manually enter the start date and end date of the recovery points to be archived, or select the date time by clicking the calendar icon followed by the clock icon below the calendar window.
17.
Click Finish.

Archiving to a cloud

When data reaches the end of a retention period, you may want to extend that retention by creating an archive of the aged data. When you archive data, there is always the matter of where to store it. Rapid Recovery lets you upload your archive to a variety of cloud providers directly from the Core Console. Compatible clouds include Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, any OpenStack-based provider, Rackspace Cloud Files, and Google Cloud.

Exporting an archive to a cloud using Rapid Recovery involves the following procedures:

Add your cloud account to the Rapid Recovery Core Console. For more information, see Adding a cloud account.
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