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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

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.

Before creating a scheduled archive, ensure that you are satisfied with the name of each folder and subfolder in the archive structure. After performing an initial archive, Quest recommends making no changes to the resulting folder structure. Changing any folder name in the archive path may result in capturing a base image instead of an incremental image. It could also cause difficulty restoring or importing data from an archive due to an inability to properly locate the files.

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.

  1. On the button bar of the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click [Archives]Archive.
    The Archive Wizard opens.
  2. On the Archive Type page of the wizard, select one of the following options:
    • One-time archive
    • Continual archive (by schedule)
  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 150: 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.

    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 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.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • If you chose to create a one-time archive, skip to step 14.
    • If you chose to create a scheduled archive, continue to step 8.
  8. On the Schedule page, select one of the following options from the Send data drop-down list:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
  9. Enter the information described in the following table based on your selection from step 8.
    Table 151: 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.
  10. Optionally, if you do not want the archive job to begin at the next scheduled time after you complete the wizard, select Pause initial archiving.

    NOTE: You may want to pause the scheduled archive if you need time to prepare the target location before archiving resumes. If you do not select this option, archiving begins at the scheduled time.

  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Options page for a continuous archive, select one of the recycle actions described in the following table.
    Table 152: 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.
    • Select Include only the recovery points in the date range. This option saves space, but you are responsible for archiving any needed base images, 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 153: 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).
    • Select the text box, enter the amount of space, and then select a unit of measurement from the drop-down list to customize the maximum space you want to reserve.
       

      NOTE: Amazon cloud archives are automatically divided into 50 GB segments. Microsoft Azure cloud archives are automatically divided into 200 GB segments.

    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.

    NOTE: This option results in an archive of orphaned recovery points. You will not be able to use them for recovery until you also archive their related base images.

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

  15. If you selected the option to include only recovery points in the date range, click Next. Otherwise, click Finish.
  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.
    The wizard closes.

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:

Editing a scheduled archive

Rapid Recovery lets you change the details of a scheduled archive. To edit a scheduled archive, complete the steps in the following procedure.

  1. In the Rapid Recovery Core Console, click the (More) drop-down menu on the icon bar, and then select [Archives] Archives.
  2. On the Archives page, under Scheduled Archives, click the drop-down menu next to the archive you want to change, and then click Edit.

    The Archive Wizard opens.

  3. On the Location page of the Archive Wizard, select one of the following options from the Location Type drop-down list:
    • Local
    • Network
    • Cloud
  4. Enter the details for the archive as described in the following table based on the location type you selected in step 3.
    Table 154: Archive details
    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.

    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 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 that contain the recovery points that you want to archive. Clear the machines that you do not want to archive.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Schedule page, select one of the following options from the Send data drop-down list:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
  9. Enter the information described in the following table based on your selection from step 8.
    Table 155: 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 a daily 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 a daily archive.
  10. Optionally, to postpone archiving to resume at a later time, select Pause initial archiving.

    NOTE: You may want to pause the scheduled archive if you need time to prepare the target location before archiving resumes. If you do not select this option, archiving begins at the scheduled time.

  11. Click Next.
  12. On the Options page, use the Recycle action drop-down list to select one of the options described in the following table:
    Table 156: Archive recycle options
    Text Box Description
    Incremental Lets you add recovery points to an existing archive. It compares recovery points to avoid duplicating data that already exists in the archive.
    Replace this Core Overwrites any pre-existing archived data pertaining to this Corebut leaves the data for other Cores intact.
    Erase completely Clears all archived data from the directory before writing the new archive.
  13. On the Options page of the wizard, 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.
    • Select Include only the recovery points in the date range. This saves space, but you are responsible for archiving any needed base images.
  14. Click Finish.
    Rapid Recovery applies your changes to the archive.

Pausing or resuming a scheduled archive

If you have an archiving job scheduled to recur, you can pause or resume this action as necessary.

There may be times when you want to pause a scheduled archive job, such as if you need to change the destination archive location. Also, if you opted to initially pause archiving when you performed the Creating an archive procedure, you likely want to resume the scheduled archive later. Complete the steps in the following procedure to pause or resume scheduled archive.

  1. From the Rapid Recovery Core Console , click the (More) menu on the icon bar, and then click [Archives] Archives.
  2. On the Archives page, under Scheduled Archives, do one of the following:
    • Select the preferred archive, and then click one of the following actions as appropriate:
      • Pause
      • Resume
    • Next to the preferred archive, click the drop-down menu, and then click one of the following actions as appropriate:
      • Pause
      • Resume

    The status of the archive displays in the Schedule column.

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