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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

About replication and encrypted recovery points

While the seed drive does not contain backups of the source Core registry and certificates, the seed drive does contain encryption keys from the source Core if the recovery points being replicated from source to target are encrypted. The replicated recovery points remain encrypted after they are transmitted to the target Core. The owners or administrators of the target Core need the passphrase to recover the encrypted data.

About retention policies for replication

Retention policies on the source and target Cores are not synchronized. Rollup and on-demand deletion perform independently on each Core on initial action, as well as when running nightly jobs.

For more information on retention policies, see Managing retention policies.

Viewing incoming and outgoing replication

If you click the [Replicate] Replicate icon from the icon bar, the Replication page appears. This page gives you an understanding of replication from the scope of this Core. It includes two panes:

  • The Outgoing Replication pane lists any machines protected in this Core that are replicated on another Core.
  • The Incoming Replication pane lists the machines replicated on this Core, and the source Core from which these machines are replicated.

This section describes the information shown in these panes.

Information about outgoing replication from this Rapid Recovery Coreis described in the following table.

Table 82: Information about outgoing replication
UI Element Description
Select item For each row in the summary table, you can select the checkbox to perform actions from the list of menu options above the table.
Type Shows the machine type. You can expand a target Core to show individual replicated machines.
Status indicator Status of replication. Colored circles in the Status column show whether a replicated machine is online or unreachable. If you hover the cursor over the colored circle, the status condition is displayed. Status conditions include green (replication established and online), yellow (replication paused), red (authentication error), and gray (offline or unreachable).
Replication Name The display name of the Core machine to which machines from this source Core are replicated.
Machines Lists the number of machines replicated to the selected target Core.
Sync The date and time of the last replication transfer to the target Core.
[Actions]
      When you click the More drop-down menu in this column, you see a list of actions to perform to affect the specific replication relationship.

You can perform actions on two or more of the target Cores listed in the Outgoing Replication grid. To perform actions on multiple target Cores, select the checkbox for each Core in the grid, and then, from the menu above the grid, select the action you want to perform. You can perform the actions described in the following table.

Table 83: Global actions available in the Outgoing Replication pane
UI Element Description
Add Target Core Lets you define another target Core to replicate machines protected on this source Core.
Refresh Refreshes the information shown in the table.
Force Forces replication.
Pause Pauses established replication.
Resume Resumes paused replication.
Copy Opens the replication wizard, letting you copy existing recovery points for selected protected machines to a seed drive.
Delete Deletes outgoing replication.
Seed Drives

This menu option appears if data was copied to a seed drive when replication was set up.

Displays information about the seed drive file, including the data and time the seed drive was saved. Collapsible menus indicate the target Core and the protected machines from which the seed drive files were generated.

[Actions]
      When you click the More drop-down menu in this column, you see a list of actions to perform to affect the specific replication relationship.

Information about incoming replication from another Core is described in the following table.

Table 84: Information about incoming replication
UI Element Description
Select item For each row in the summary table, you can select the checkbox to perform actions from the list of menu options above the table.
Type Shows the machine type. You can expand a source Core to show individual replicated machines.
Status indicator Status of replication. Colored circles in the Status column show whether a replicated machine is online or unreachable. If you hover the cursor over the colored circle, the status condition is displayed. Status conditions include green (replication established and online), yellow (replication paused), red (authentication error), and gray (offline or unreachable).
Replication Name The display name of the source Core machine containing protected machines that are replicated on this target Core.

This name can be optionally specified when establishing replication on the source Core using the Replication Wizard.

Machines Lists the number of machines protected on the source Core that are replicated to this target Core.
Sync The date and time of the last replication transfer from the source Core.
[Actions]
      When you click the More drop-down menu in this column, you see a list of actions to perform to affect the specific replication relationship.

You can perform actions on two or more of the source Cores listed in the Incoming Replication grid. To perform actions on multiple source Cores, select the checkbox for each Core in the grid, and then, from the menu above the grid, select the action you want to perform. You can perform the actions described in the following table.

Table 85: Global actions available in the Incoming Replication pane
UI Element Description
Refresh Refreshes the information shown in the table.
Force Forces replication.
Pause Pauses established replication.
Resume Resumes paused replication.
Delete Deletes incoming replication.

Configuring replication

To replicate data using Rapid Recovery, you must configure the source and target Cores for replication. After you configure replication, you can then replicate protected machine data, monitor and manage replication, and perform recovery.

The version of Rapid Recovery Core on the server used as the target can be equal to or later than the version of Rapid Recovery Core installed on the source Core. The source Core must never run a version of Rapid Recovery more recent than the target Core runs.

When upgrading Cores that use replication, do the following:

  • Always upgrade the target Core first, then upgrade the source Core, and lastly upgrade the Agent software on your protected machines.
  • If using the automatic update feature, to ensure the proper upgrade order is followed, set up automatic update on target Cores only. After each automatic update, manually upgrade source Cores before updating Rapid Recovery Agent on your protected machines.

For more information on updating cores configured for replication, see the Rapid Recovery 6.3 Installation and Upgrade Guide, including topics "Upgrading factors to consider" and "Automatically installing updates."

NOTE: When you replicate data for a cluster, you must replicate the entire cluster. For example, if you select a node to replicate, the cluster is automatically selected. Likewise, if you select the cluster, all nodes in that cluster are also selected.

Performing replication in Rapid Recovery involves performing the following operations:

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