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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

Using the Copy function to create a seed drive

If you chose not to create a seed drive when you configured replication, you can create a seed drive using the Copy function in the protected machine drop-down menu.

  1. On the source Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication]
    (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. On the Replication page, in the Outgoing Replication pane, click [Expand]
    to expand the Core that protects the machine for which you want to create a seed drive.
    The selection expands to show each protected machine in the specified Core.
  3. Click in the first row of the table to select each machine for which you want to create a seed drive.
  4. In the menu under the Outgoing Replication pane, click Copy.
    The Replication Wizard appears.
  5. On the Seed Drive Location page of the wizard, use the Location drop-down list to select from the following destination types:
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  6. Enter the details for the seed drive archive, as described in the following table, based on the location type you selected in the preceding step.
    Table 96: Archive details
    Option Text Box Description

    Local

    Output location

    Enter the location for the output. It is used to define the location path where you want the archive to reside; for example, D:\work\archive.

    Network

    Output location

    Enter the location for the output. It is used to define the location path where you want the archive to reside; for example, \\servername\sharename.

    User Name

    Enter a user name. It is used to establish logon credentials for the network share.

    Password

    Enter a password for the network path. It is used to establish logon credentials for the network share.

    Cloud

    Account

    Select an account from the drop-down list.

    NOTE: To select a cloud account, you must first have added it in the Core Console. For more information, see Adding a cloud account.

    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 to be saved. The default name is Rapid-Recovery-Archive-[DATE CREATED]-[TIME CREATED]

  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Seed Drive Options page, enter the information as described in the following table.
    Table 97: Seed drive options
    Item 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 seed drive by doing one of the following:
    • Select Entire Target to reserve all available space in the path provided on the Seed Drive Location page (for example, if the location is D:\work\archive, all of the available space on the D: drive is reserved).
    • Select the blank text box, enter an amount, and then select a unit of measurement from the drop-down list to customize the maximum space you want to reserve.

    Recycle action

    In the event the path already contains a seed drive, select one of the following options:
    • Do not reuse. Does not overwrite or clear any existing seed data from the location. If the location is not empty, the seed drive write will fail.
    • Replace this Core. Overwrites any pre-existing seed data pertaining to this Core but leaves the data for other Core s intact.
    • Erase completely. Clears all seed data from the directory before writing the seed drive.

    Comment

    Enter a comment that describes the seed drive.

    Add all Agents to Seed Drive

    Select this option to replicate all protected machines on the source Core using the seed drive. This option is selected by default.

    Build recovery point chains (fix orphans)

    Select this option to replicate the entire recovery point chain to the seed drive. This option is selected by default.

    NOTE: Typical seeding in Rapid Recovery 5.4.x replicated only the latest recovery point to the seed drive, which reduced the amount of time and space required for creating the seed drive. Opting to build recovery point chains to the seed drive requires enough space on the seed drive to store the latest recovery points from the specified protected machines, and may take additional time to complete the task.

  9. Do one of the following:
    • If you cleared the Add all Agents to Seed Drive check box, click Next.
    • If you selected Add all Agents to Seed Drive, go to step 10.
    If you selected Add all Agents to Seed Drive, go to step 10.
  10. On the Protected Machines page of the wizard, select the protected machines for which you want to create a seed drive.
  11. Click Finish.

Monitoring replication

When replication is set up, you can monitor the status of replication tasks for the source and target Cores. You can refresh status information, view replication details, and more.

  1. On the source Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication] (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. On this page, you can view information about and monitor the status of replication tasks as described in the following table.
    Table 98: Replication tasks
    Section Description Available Actions

    Seed Drives (#)

    After you specify the use of a seed drive when defining replication, until you abandon or consume it, a Seed Drives (#) link appears on the Outgoing Replication pane on the source Core. The number displayed indicates how many seed drives are pending.

    NOTE: This link does not appear unless a seed drive is pending.

    Click this link to list seed drives that have been written but not yet consumed by the target Core. Further expand the collapsible menu to show information about outstanding seed drives, including the target Core and the date range of the recovery points included in the seed drive.

    In the drop-down menu, click Abandon to abandon or cancel the seed process.

    Outgoing Replication

    Lists all target Cores to which the source Core is replicating. It includes a state indicator, the target Core name, the number of machines being replicated, and the progress of a replication transmission.

    On a source Core, from the [More]
        (More) drop-down menu, you can select the following options:

    • Details. Lists the ID, URL, display name, state, customer ID, email address, and comments for the replicated Core.
    • Change Settings. Lists the display name and lets you edit the host and port for the target Core.
    • Schedule. Lets you set a customized schedule for replication to this target Core.
    • Add Machines. Lets you select a host from a drop-down list, select protected machines for replication, and create a seed drive for the new protected machine’s initial transfer. You can optionally choose to include recovery points for machines already added to replication.
    • Delete. Lets you delete the replication relationship between source and target Cores. Doing so ceases all replication to this Core.

    Incoming Replication

    Lists all source machines from which the target receives replicated data. It includes the remote Core name, state, machines, and progress.

    Lists all source Cores from which the target receives replicated data. The display name for the source Cores listed are populated from the value in the Replication Wizard when defining replication. It includes a state indicator, the remote Core name, and the progress of a replication transmission.

    On a target Core, from the [More]
        (More) drop-down menu, you can select the following options:

    • Details. Lists the ID, host name, customer ID, email address, and comments for the replicated Core.
    • Consume. Consumes the initial data from the seed drive and saves it to the local repository.
    • Delete. Lets you delete the replication relationship between target and source Cores. Doing so ceases all replication from this Core.

    Pending Replication Requests

    This information applies to managed service providers only. When a customer clicks he Requests link in the Incoming Replication pane, a summary table section appears listing the customer ID, email address, and host name for the request.

    In the drop-down menu, click Ignore to ignore or reject the request, or Review to review the pending request.

Pausing and resuming replication

You can pause replication temporarily for the source (outgoing) or target (incoming) Cores.

The option to pause replication is only available when replication is active. The option to resume replication is only available if replication is paused.

Complete the steps in the following procedure to pause or resume replication.

  1. Open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication]
    (Replication).
    The Replication page appears.
  2. To pause replication for all replicated machines, do the following:
    1. Click the checkbox at the top of the summary table to select the source or target Core.
    2. Click Pause from the menu preceding the summary table.
      Replication for all protected machines in the selected Core is paused.
  3. To pause replication for only certain machines, do the following:
    1. Click the [Expand]
      arrow to the right of any Core.
      The view expands to show each of the protected machines from the selected Core that are being replicated.
    2. Click in the first column to select each machine for which you want to pause replication. Click any selection again to clear the checkbox for machines you do not want to pause.
    3. Click Pause from the menu preceding the summary table.
      Replication for the selected protected machines is paused.
  4. To resume replication for all replicated machines, do the following:
    1. Click the checkbox at the top of the summary table to select the source or target Core.
    2. Click Resume from the menu at the top of the summary table.
      Replication for all protected machines in the selected Core is resumed.
  5. To resume replication for only certain machines, do the following:
    1. Click the [Expand]
      arrow to the right of any Core.
      The view expands to show each of the protected machines from the selected Core that are being replicated.
    2. Click in the first column to select each machine for which you want to resume replication. Click any selection again to clear the checkbox for machines you do not want to resume.
    3. Click Resume from the menu at the top of the summary table.
      Replication for the selected protected machines is resumed.

Forcing replication

From the source Core, you can force replication at any time, instead of waiting for a replication job to queue after a specific event such as a backup or attachability check.

Complete the steps in the following procedure to force replication on either the source or the target Core.

  1. On the source Core, open the Rapid Recovery Core Console, and from the icon bar, click [Replication] (Replication).

    The Replication page appears.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • To force replication on a source Core, from the Outgoing Replication pane, select a Core, and from the menu at the top of the summary table, click [Force] Force.
    • To force replication on a target Core, from the Incoming Replication pane, select a Core, and from the menu at the top of the summary table, click [Force] Force.
    The Force Replication dialog box appears.
  3. Optionally, if you want to repair any orphaned chains of recovery points, select restore orphaned recovery point chains.
  4. To confirm, in the Force Replication dialog box, click Yes.
    The dialog box closes, and replication is forced.
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