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Launching a Virtual Machine for Instant Recovery

For fast local recovery of a server or workstation, you can launch a Virtual Machine from the Appliance Web interface. This recovery approach allows you to host a server or critical workstation directly on the BDR while you rebuild or replace the original hardware.

Note

You should perform a recovery of any system running in Live Mode back to physical or virtual hardware as soon as possible.

Launching a Virtual Machine

You can optionally start a Virtual Machine from within the Appliance or Private Cloud Vault Web interface, letting you boot a Protected System from a specific Snapshot. This tool is useful for testing purposes; or for emergencies, if you need to temporarily access a Protected System before it is restored to the replacement hardware.

Note

After virtualizing a system in Live Mode, Replibit will automatically perform a new Full Backup at the next scheduled time in order to synchronize the recovered system with the backup image. This Full Backup will only write changed data, but it is essential to ensure that the Backup image remains in sync with the Protected System.

To launch a Virtual Machine:

  1. Open any Web browser and navigate to your Appliance Web interface.

  2. In the left-hand navigation menu, click the Protected Systems tab.

  3. Find the Protected System that you would like to virtualize and click the Details button.

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  4. In the Protected System Details page, find the correct Snapshot and click the Start VM button.

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  5. In the Virtualization Settings pop-up window, define settings for the Virtual Machine:

    1. In the RAM field, enter the amount of RAM that will be available for the Virtual Machine.

    2. In the CPU (cores) field, enter the number of CPU (cores) that will be available for the Virtual Machine.

    3. In the Mode area, select either Test Mode or Live Mode.

      1. Test Mode boots the Virtual Machine in a private network for testing. Any changes made to the Virtual Machine hard disk images will be destroyed when the system is shutdown.

      2. Live Mode boots the Virtual Machine on the same LAN as the Appliance Web interface. The selected Recovery Point will be marked as Persistent and any changes made to the Virtual Machine disk volumes will not be lost when the system is shut down. Please note that Live mode is intended be utilized as an emergency recovery method. You should perform a recovery of any system running in Live Mode back to physical or virtual hardware as soon as possible. For more information, please see the Test Mode Vs. Live Mode section below.

    4. If you selected Live Mode above, select the appropriate NIC setting.

      1. Optionally, in the Boot Key drop-down menu, select a key stroke you want sent to the Virtual Machine, letting you access BIOS or Windows Startup menu during the system boot process.

      2. Optionally, in the CD-ROM Image drop-down menu, select a Boot Device or CD-ROM Image to allow the Protected System to boot from a CD image for diagnostic or testing purposes.

      3. If you entered an Passphrase when installing the Replibit agent, you will also be prompted to enter the password in the Password field.

      4. Click the Start button when you are finished. The Virtual Machine will initiate within the Appliance Web interface.

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      5. When you are finished, close the Virtual Machine window. If the Virtual Machine was running in Test Mode, the process is now complete.

    5. If you selected to run the Virtual Machine in Live Mode for production purposes, you will need to recover changes made while the Virtual Machine was running.

      1. In the Protected System Details page, find the Snapshot you used to launch the Virtual Machine.

      2. Select your preferred method of recovery (for example, Mount, Export, iSCSI, and so forth).

        1. If you select Mount or Export, you will have automatic access to the latest state of the Protected System.

        2. If you select iSCSI or Start VM, select Live Mode to access the latest state of the Protected System.

      3. Recover the data as appropriate and restore to the newly repaired Protected System.

Test Mode Vs. Live Mode

When performing any recovery operation, the Replibit device creates a clone of the selected Snapshot. When starting a Virtual Machine or exporting an iSCSI volume, you are prompted to select between Test Mode and Live Mode.

When you select Live Mode, the generated Snapshot clone is marked as Persistent; you will not be able to delete the clone, or the original Snapshot, until the Persistent Snapshot is manually removed (you will need to contact Axcient Support for assistance). Snapshots that have a Persistent clone on-disk cannot be deleted due to retention cleanup and cannot be manually deleted from the Web interface.

When performing Mount or Export recovery operations, if a Persistent Snapshot clone already exists, the Live Mode Persistent Snapshot will automatically be selected as the target of the operation.

Bare Metal Recovery operations automatically select Live Mode iSCSI and create a Persistent Snapshot.

Live Mode Best Practices

You should perform a recovery of any system running in Live Mode back to physical or virtual hardware as soon as possible.

If you plan to run the Virtual Machine in Live Mode, please consider the following best practices:

  • In the Virtualization Settings pop-up window, use the Boot Key drop-down menu to select the F8 option. The F8 option will boot the machine in Safe Mode.

  • When you boot in Safe Mode, you can:

    • Let the machine drivers load,

    • Configure Network Interface Card (NIC) settings, and

    • Configure Drive letters.

      When you are finished, reboot in Normal mode.