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Rapid Recovery 6.3 - User Guide

Introduction to Rapid Recovery The Core Console Repositories Core settings 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 Credentials Vault Snapshots and recovery points Replication Events Reporting VM export Restoring data Bare metal restore
About bare metal restore BMR Windows and Linux Understanding boot CD creation for Windows machines Managing a Linux boot image Performing a bare metal restore using the Restore Machine Wizard 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 Core Console references REST APIs Glossary

Navigating the Rapid Recovery Core Console

When you log into the Core Console, and any time you click the Home[Home] 
    icon, the Home page appears. The Home page gives you a view of your Rapid Recovery Core, with two view options for displaying content about your Core. You can toggle between these two viewing options by clicking the appropriate icon at the top right side of the page title area. The content viewing options are described in the following table:

Icon Name Page Title Shows... Description

[Summary tables view]

Summary Tables view

The display name of your Rapid Recovery Core appears as the page title in this view.

Summary tables describe information about your Core. Each of the following is summarized:

  • Machines protected on your Core
  • DVM repositories associated with your Core.
  • Recent alerts about activity in your Core.

For more information, see Understanding the Home page (summary tables view).

[Dashboard view]

Dashboard view

 

"Dashboard" appears as the page title in this view.

The Dashboard displays a set of real-time reports on your system. Default dashboard reports include a trouble monitor showing notifications; transfer job status for the last 24 hours and transfer jobs per machine; a repository overview, and connectivity state for protected, replicated, and recovery points-only machines.

For more information, see Understanding Core dashboard reports.

On the Home page (and on every page in the Core Console), the left navigation area shows the items that are protected on your Core. You can navigate to other pages in the UI by doing one of the following:

  • Clicking the corresponding icon from the icon bar in the left navigation area. The options accessible from the icon bar include [Home] 
    Home, [Replicate] 
    Replication, [Virtual Standby] 
    Virtual Standby, [Events] 
    Events, [Settings] 
    Settings, and [More] 
    More.
  • Expanding the [More] 
    (More) menu on the icon bar, and then selecting a destination.
  • Clicking a button or menu option from the button bar. Buttons include [Protect] Protect, [Restore] Restore, [Archive] Archive, and [Replicate] Replicate.

When you select an item from the left navigation area, the focus of the Core Console changes to display summary information about that item. For example, if you click the name of a protected machine, the Core console displays information about that machine only, rather than the Core. In this example, the display name of the protected machine appears as the title of the page. A submenu appears to the right, letting you view specific information about the protected machine. The menu options include: Summary, Recovery Points, Events, Settings, Reports, and More.

To return to viewing information about the Core, including dashboard reports, or a summary view of multiple protected or replicated machines, click on the Home[Home] icon on the top left of the UI.

You can use the title at the top of the Core Console to provide context for the information you are viewing in the Core. For example:

  • Any time you see the display name or IP address of the Core as the page title, you are viewing summary information about the Core.
  • If the title is "Dashboard," you are viewing the Core dashboard.
  • If you see the display name or IP address of a protected machine, or a Summary pane at the top of a page, you are viewing information about a single machine protected by or replicated in the Core.
  • If you see the title "Protected Machines," you are viewing information about all of the machines protected in the Rapid Recovery Core.
  • If you see the title "Machines replicated from...," you are viewing information about all of the machines replicated in the Rapid Recovery Core.
  • If you see the page title "Recovery Points Only," you are viewing information about all of the recover points-only machines on this Core.

For information about the features and functions available from each page, see the appropriate section below.

For more information about viewing protected machines, see Viewing the Protected Machines menu. For more information on managing protected machines, see Managing protected machines.

For more information about viewing replicated machines, see Viewing incoming and outgoing replication.

For more information about viewing recovery-points only machines, see Viewing the Recovery Points Only menu.

Understanding the left navigation area

The left navigation area of the Core Console appears on the left side of that user interface. The contents of this navigation area may differ based on the type of objects protected in your Rapid Recovery Core.

The left navigation area always contains the following:

  • Icon bar. For navigation among the main pages of the Core Console.
  • Text filter. The text filter is a text field that lets you filter the items displayed in the various menus that appear below it. Clicking the arrow to the right of the text filter expands and collapses each of the menus appearing below it.

Following these elements, the left navigation area typically displays menus to help you navigate, filter, and view the objects protected on your Core. This includes protected machines, replicated machines, and so on.

Each menu is context-sensitive; that is, each menu only appears in the Core Console if it is relevant. For example, if you protect at least one machine, the Protected Machines menu appears, and so on.

For more information, see the left navigation area tables in Viewing the Core Console user interface.

Related topics include the following:

Viewing the Rapid Recovery Core Console Home page

Each time you log into the Rapid Recovery Core Console, or each time you click on the Home [Home] icon in the icon bar, the Home page appears.

The Home page of the Core Console offers a summary tables (default) view and a dashboard view.

You can toggle between views on the Home page by clicking the [Summary tables view] Summary Tables view and [Dashboard view]Dashboard view icons at the top right of the title bar on the Home page.

From the Home page, and every other page of the Core Console, you can navigate to the functions you want by using the left navigation area.

For more information, see the following topics:

Understanding the Home page (summary tables view)

The Home page is only applicable to the Core. In the dashboard view, it shows real-time graphical reports. When you switch to the summary tables view, the Home page displays all of the machines the Core protects or replicates, the repositories associated with your Core, and alerts for machines on this Core.

The view of each pane on the Home page can be expanded or contracted. For example, if you click the [Contract view]
    (contract view) icon at the top right-hand side of the Protected Machines pane, the view of protected machines contracts, and only the name of the pane is visible. To expand the view to see all protected machines again, click the [Contract view]
    (expand view) icon.

The following table describes the various elements on the Home page when in the summary tables view.

Table 2: Home page options
UI Element Description

Protected Machines

The Protected Machines pane lists the machines that this Core protects. This pane appears regardless of whether any machines have been added to your Core for protection.

This section includes the following information for each protected machine:

  • Protection icon . An icon shows whether the machine is protected.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the protected machine is online and protected, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the protected machine.
  •  Additionally, if virtual standby has been set up for this machine, place your cursor over the [Virtual Standby] Virtual Standby icon to see a summary of the following:
    • Synchronization status
    • Last export
    • Export type
    • Export destination
  • Repository Name. The display name of the repository storing the recovery points for that machine.
  • Last Snapshot. The date and time on which Rapid Recovery took the most recent recovery point snapshot for that machine.
  • Next Snapshot. The date and time on which Rapid Recovery is scheduled to capture the next recovery point for that machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each protected machine.
  • Version. The version of the Rapid Recovery Agent software installed on that machine.

If you click on a specific machine name shown in this pane, a Summary page appears, showing summary information for the selected machine. For more information on what you can accomplish on the Summary page, see Viewing summary information for a protected machine.

Replicated Machines

The Replicated Machines pane lists any machines that this Core replicates from another Core. This pane does not appear unless your Core replicates machines from another Core.

This section includes the following information for each replicated machine:

  • Machine type. An icon shows whether the machine is a physical machine, virtual machine, or a protected cluster.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the replicated machine is accessible, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the replicated machine.
  • Replication Name. The display name of the originating source Core for any machines you replicate on this target Core. You can define this name when setting up replication.
  • Repository Name. The name of the repository storing the recovery points for that machine.
  • Last Replicated Snapshot. The date and time on which Rapid Recovery took the most recent replica of the original protected machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each replicated machine.
  • Version. The version of the Rapid Recovery Agent software installed on that machine.

If you click on a specific machine name shown in this pane, the Summary page appears, showing summary information for that replicated machine.

Recovery Points Only Machines

The Recovery Points Only Machines pane lists any machines that were removed from protection or replication, if the recovery points have been retained. These machines can be used for file-level recovery, but cannot be used for bare metal restore, for restoring entire volumes, or for adding snapshot data. This pane does not appear unless you have any machines that meet this definition.

This section includes the following information for each recovery points only machine:

  • Machine type. An icon shows whether the machine is a physical machine, virtual machine, or a protected cluster.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the recovery points only machine is accessible, paused, or offline and unreachable.
  • Display Name. The display name or IP address of the machine for which you kept recovery points.
  • Repository Name. The name of the repository storing the remaining recovery points for that machine.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository and space usage for each recovery points-only machine.

If you click on a specific machine name shown in this pane, the Summary page appears for this recovery points only machine.

DVM Repositories

This pane does not appear unless your Core has one or more DVM repositories.

It includes the following information for each DVM repository:

  • Type. An icon depicts a repository.
  • Status. Colored circles in the Status column show whether the repository is mounted and can accept recovery point transfers, or is unreachable, or in an error state.
  • Repository Name. The display name of the repository.
  • Space Usage.The total amount of space used in the repository, and the size of the storage volume or extent.
  • Protected Data. The amount of used space in the repository.
  • Machines. The number of machines for which the repository stores recovery points.
  • Recovery Points. The number of recovery points stored in the repository.
  • Compression Ratio. The rate at which the repository compresses the protected data to save space.

    For more information, see Understanding repositories.

Alerts

This section lists the important alerts for the Core and every machine it protects. The section includes the following information:

  • Icons. The column of icons indicates the nature of the alert. These include informational messages, errors and warnings.
  • Date. Displays the date and time of when Rapid Recovery issued the alert.
  • Message. Describes the alert.

    You can also see these details on the Core Events page. For more information, see Viewing events using tasks, alerts, and journal pages.

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