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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

Setting up continual export to ESXi

Complete the steps in this procedure to set up continual export to an ESXi virtual machine (VM) using Rapid Recovery. This process is also known as setting up virtual standby.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, do one of the following:
    • From the Core Console, in the button bar, click the [Restore]Restore drop-down menu, and then select [VM Export]VM Export.
      1. In the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select Continual export (virtual standby).
      2. Click Next.
    • From the Core Console, in the icon bar, click [Virtual Standby] (Virtual Standby).
      • On the Virtual Standby page, click Add to launch the Virtual Machine Export Wizard.
  2. On the Machines page of the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select the protected machine that you want to export, and then click Next.
  3. On the Destination page of the Export Wizard, in the Export a machine to drop-down menu, select vCenter/ESXi.
  4. Enter the information for accessing the virtual machine as described in the following table, and then click Next.
    Table 111: ESXi credentials
    Option Description

    Host name

    Enter a name for the host machine.

    Port

    Enter the port for the host machine. The default is 443.

    User name

    Enter the credentials for the host machine.

    NOTE: Optionally, you can select credentials for a user in the Credentials Vault, or you can save credentials you add here to the vault. For more information, see Credentials Vault.

    Password Enter the credentials for the host machine.
  5. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the information described in the following table.
    Table 112: Virtual machine options
    Option Description

    Resource pool

    Select a resource pool from the drop-down list.

    VM configuration location

    Select a data store from the drop-down list.

    VM name

    Enter a name for the virtual machine you want to export.

    The VM name that automatically appears by default is the name of the machine from which the recovery point originated.

    Amount of RAM

    Specify the memory usage for the virtual machine by clicking one of the following:

    • Use the same amount of RAM as source machine
    • Use a specific amount of RAM, and then specify the amount in MB

      The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 1,035,264MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors

    Enter the number of virtual CPUs you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.

    Cores per processor

    Enter the number of cores to use for each processor. The minimum is 1.

    Disk provisioning

    Select the type of disk provisioning from the following options:

    • Thin. Thin provisioning creates a virtual disk the size of the used space on the original volumes, rather than the entire volume size. For example, if the original volume is 1 TB, but contains only 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 2 GB.
    • Thick. Thick provisioning creates a new disk or volume that is the same size as the original volume from the protected server, even if only a portion of the original volume is being used. For example, if the volume is 1 TB large but contains 2 GB of used space, Rapid Recovery creates a virtual disk of 1 TB.

    Disk mapping

    Specify the type of disk mapping as appropriate. You can choose from:

    • Automatic. Using this option, the VM is exported to any available datastore with sufficient space.
    • Manual. Select this option to manually specify the datastore onto which to export the VM.
    • With VM. Select this option to export all virtual disks to the same datastore as the VM configuration.
    Version Select the version of the virtual machine.

    Network adapters

    Optionally, specify network adapter options for the VM to be exported.

    NOTE: This option appears when exporting to a hypervisor of the same type (in this case, when exporting to ESXi).

    You can choose from:

    • Same as source machine. If you select this option, the VM include the same amount of network adapters as on the source, and they are assigned to the default network on the host.
    • Specific. Select this option to see the Network Adapters page of the Virtual Machine Export wizard. Here you can add one or more network adapters to the VM and assign a specific network to each adapter.

    Secure boot

    Optionally, choose the secure boot option for the exported VM.

    NOTE: This option appears only when secure boot is configured for the source protected machine.

    Restore all configuration data

    If you want to recover all VM configurations for volumes being recovered, select this option. If you want to restore data only and not the VM configurations, clear this option.

    This option appears only when performing virtual export of an agentless VM and after a resource pool is selected.

    For more information on the VM configuration backup and restore feature of Rapid Recovery, see VMware VM configuration backup and restore.

    Perform initial one-time export

    Select this option to queue the export job immediately. Clear this option if you want the Core to wait until the next forced or scheduled backup snapshot.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Optionally, on the Network Adapters page of the wizard, if you want to add a virtual network adapter to the VM to be exported, click + Add, and then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of a network available on the hypervisor host.
  8. Optionally, to add additional network adapters, click + Add, and then from the Available Networks drop-down menu, select the name of another network available on the hypervisor host.
  9. Click Next.
  10. On the Volumes page, select the volumes to export (for example, C:\ and D:\), and then click Finish to close the wizard and start the export.

    NOTE: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

Exporting data to a VMware Workstation virtual machine

In Rapid Recovery, you can export data to VMware Workstation by performing a one-time export or by establishing a continual export (for virtual standby). Complete the steps in the following procedures for the appropriate type of export.

Topics include:

Performing a one-time VMware Workstation export

Complete the steps in this procedure to perform a one-time export to VMware Workstation.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, in the button bar, click the Restore drop-down menu, and then click VM Export.
    The Virtual Machine Export Wizard appears.
  2. In the wizard, from the Select VM Export Type page, select One-time Export and then click Next.
  3. On the Machines page, select the protected machine that you want to export, and then click Next.
  4. On the Recovery Points page, scroll through the list of recovery points if necessary, and select the recovery point that you want to use for the export. Then click Next.
  5. On the Destination page, in the Export a virtual machine to drop-down menu, select VMware Workstation.
  6. To export the VM to a local drive, in the VM location field, specify the path of the local folder in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter E:\VirtualExports\. Then proceed to step 9.
  7. To export the VM to a network shared directory, enter the required information as described in the following table.
    Table 113: Network shared location parameters
    Option Description

    VM location

    Specify the path of the network shared directory in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter \\ServerName\MySharedDirectory\VirtualExports\.  

    User name

    Enter the user name for an account that is registered on the target machine. The account must have read and write permissions to the network share.

    NOTE: Optionally, you can select credentials for a user in the Credentials Vault, or you can save credentials you add here to the vault. For more information, see Credentials Vault.

    Password Enter the password for the specified user account.
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the settings for the new virtual machine, as described in the following table.
    Table 114: Virtual machine parameters
    Option Description
    VM name

    Enter a name for the virtual machine being created; for example, VM-0A1B2C3D4.

    NOTE: The default name is the name of the source machine.

    Version Specify the version of VMware Workstation for the virtual machine.
    Amount of RAM Specify the amount of RAM, in megabytes, for the exported virtual machine to use.

    The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors Enter the number of virtual CPUs you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.
    Cores per processor Enter the number of cores to use for each processor. The minimum is 1.
  10. On the Volumes page, select the volumes to export (for example, C:\ and D:\), and then click Finish to close the wizard and start the export.

    NOTE: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

Setting up continual export to VMware Workstation

Complete the steps in this procedure to set up continual export to a VMware Workstation virtual machine (VM) using Rapid Recovery. This is also known as setting up virtual standby.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, do one of the following:
    • From the Core Console, in the button bar, click the [Restore]Restore drop-down menu, and then select [VM Export]VM Export.
      1. In the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select Continual export (virtual standby).
      2. Click Next.
    • From the Core Console, in the icon bar, click [Virtual Standby] (Virtual Standby).
      • On the Virtual Standby page, click Add to launch the Virtual Machine Export Wizard.
  2. On the Machines page of the Virtual Machine Export Wizard, select the protected machine that you want to export, and then click Next.
  3. On the Destination page, in the Export a virtual machine to drop-down menu, select VMware Workstation.
  4. To set up continual export to a local drive, in the VM location field, specify the path of the local folder in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter E:\VirtualExports\. Then proceed to step 9.
  5. To set up continual export to a network shared directory, enter the required information as described in the following table.
    Table 115: Network shared location parameters
    Option Description

    VM location

    Specify the path of the network shared directory in which to create the exported virtual machine. For example, enter \\ServerName\MySharedDirectory\VirtualExports\.  

    User name

    Enter the user name for an account that is registered on the target machine. The account must have read and write permissions to the network share.

    NOTE: Optionally, you can select credentials for a user in the Credentials Vault, or you can save credentials you add here to the vault. For more information, see Credentials Vault.

    Password Enter the password for the specified user account.
  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Virtual Machine Options page, enter the settings for the new virtual machine, as described in the following table.
    Table 116: Virtual machine parameters
    Option Description
    VM name

    Enter a name for the virtual machine being created; for example, VM-0A1B2C3D4.

    NOTE: The default name is the name of the source machine.

    Version Specify the version of VMware Workstation for the virtual machine.
    Amount of RAM Specify the amount of RAM, in megabytes, for the exported virtual machine to use.

    The minimum amount is 1024 MB and the maximum allowed by the application is 65536 MB. The maximum amount of memory usage is limited by the amount of RAM available to the host machine.

    Number of processors Enter the number of virtual CPUs you want for the exported virtual machine. The minimum is 1.
    Cores per processor Enter the number of cores to use for each processor. The minimum is 1.
    Perform initial one-time export Optionally, select to perform the virtual export immediately instead of after the next scheduled snapshot.
  8. Click Next.
  9. On the Volumes page, select the volumes to export (for example, C:\ and D:\), and then click Finish to close the wizard. If you selected Perform initial one-time export, the export job is immediately queued.

    NOTE: You can monitor the status and progress of the export by viewing the Virtual Standby or Events pages.

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