This section describes the Rapid Recovery components and related products available for your backup, replication, and recovery needs. The purpose of this section is to help you gain an understanding of the components that you may install in your Rapid Recovery environment and how they work together to help protect your data.
- Rapid Recovery Core. The central component of the Rapid Recovery architecture, the Core provides the essential services for backup, recovery, retention, replication, archiving, and management. The Core manages the repositories that store your backup data. It contains the settings that change behavior, manages schedules for backups, replication and archives, provides security, and enforces your data retention policy. After the Core is installed, you access it using the web-based interface called the Rapid Recovery Core Console. The Rapid Recovery Core must be installed on a dedicated Windows server. Depending on your license and your environment requirements, you may need to install multiple Cores.
- Rapid Recovery Agent. This component is the primary provider of the services and software that let you protect your data. Install the Rapid Recovery Agent software on the Windows and Linux machines in your environment (for example, on an Exchange server, SQL Server, Oracle server, on Windows and Linux desktop and laptop machines, and so on). After you add a machine with the Agent software as a protected machine in the Rapid Recovery Core, the Agent software tracks changed data blocks on the disk volume of the machine and creates snapshot images of the data which it sends to the Core, based on the backup schedule. You manage protected machines using the Core Console of the associated Core, including establishing or changing the frequency of backups.
NOTE: If your Core and the machines you want to protect are all ESXi virtual machines on a VMware vSphere host, and if all of the VMs use a supported Windows operating system and file system, then you do not need to install the Agent software. Likewise, if the machines that you want to protect are all Hyper-V virtual machines, you need only install the Agent software on the Hyper-V host server or cluster node host. This agentless protection feature for VMs is called Rapid Snap for Virtual.
- QorePortal. This web-based portal is currently accessible to Rapid Recovery users with a current maintenance agreement. The QorePortal lets you manage your Cores, generate and view reports, manage protection and replication, and perform many other functions from a single modern user interface. This portal replaces the functionality of theRapid Recovery Central Management Console. This feature is intended to be particularly useful for managed service providers.
- Rapid Recovery Portal plugin. The Portal Plugin gives Cores the ability to connect and transfer information to the Rapid Recovery License Portal to manage multiple Cores and their protected machines. This plugin for the Core server is required only if you want Rapid Recovery Cores version 6.1.3 and older to communicate with the Rapid Recovery License Portal.
- Rapid Recovery License Portal. This web-based portal lets you manage licenses for Rapid Recovery Cores. It lets you create and manage groups of licenses, manage license pools, and view machines with licenses registered on the portal. You can generate license-related reports, and download Rapid Recovery software, tools, and components. The Rapid Recovery License Portal integrates with the QorePortal. See Understanding Rapid Recovery licenses for information about managing licenses from the Rapid Recovery Core Console. For information about managing license subscriptions and license groups on the license portal, see the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery License Portal User Guide.
- Local Mount Utility (LMU). The Local Mount Utility is a Windows-based application that lets you mount a Rapid Recovery recovery point in any of the three available modes on any compatible Windows machine. The lightweight utility can be installed on the same 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems as the Agent software, but it does not have to be installed on the same machine as the Agent. The LMU includes the rapidrecovery-vdisk (formerly aavdisk) and aavstor drivers, but it does not run as a service. For more information, see the topic "The Local Mount Utility" in the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery Local Mount Utility User Guide.
- Local_mount utility. The local_mount utility is a Linux-based command line utility application that lets you query the Core for protected machines and their corresponding recovery points. It lets users remotely mount a recovery point volume; lets users explore the volume contents at the file level; and lets users restore individual files or an entire volume from the recovery point, including BMR of the system volume.
- Rapid Recovery Command Line Management utility. The Rapid Recovery Command Line Management utility, cmdutil.exe, provides third-party access to manage system functionality. This tool permits scripting of the Rapid Recovery Core management functions. In earlier versions of the Core, this tool was called AACMD. For more information about using this component, see the Rapid Recovery Commands and Scripting Reference Guide.
- Rapid Recovery PowerShell Module. The Rapid Recovery PowerShell Module is a collection of Windows PowerShell scripts that lets users interact directly with the Core server. This module offers some of the same functionality that the Rapid Recovery Core Console graphic user interface (GUI) provides. For example, the Rapid Recovery PowerShell Module can mount recovery points or force a snapshot of a protected machine. For more information about using this component, see the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery Command and Scripting Reference Guide.
- Mailbox Restore for Exchange. This comprehensive email recovery program works with Rapid Recovery and the LMU to simplify the recovery of Exchange items, from a full data store to a single email message. The installer is bundled as an optional feature with Core and the LMU installers. For more information about this component, see the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery Mailbox Restore for Exchange User Guide.
- DocRetriever for SharePoint. DocRetriever for SharePoint lets SharePoint administrators recover SharePoint objects from the site collection level down to the component level. This product simplifies recovery of SharePoint data when the Rapid Recovery Agent and the DocRetriever Agent are installed on your SharePoint servers. For more information about this component, see the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery DocRetriever for SharePoint User Guide.
- Rapid Recovery Core VM on Azure. Microsoft Azure users can set up a Rapid Recovery Corein the Azure cloud. In addition to replicating on-premises Rapid Recovery Core6.x to Azure, you can now set up a primary Core in Azure to back up your VMs, create one-time or scheduled archives, perform one-time or continual virtual export, recover data and replicate VMs to another Core. Using a bring your own license model, the VM itself is free. Users are responsible for their Azure compute and storage costs. For more information about this component, see the most recent edition of the Rapid Recovery Azure Setup Guide.
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