Integrating RDX® QuikStor™ into NetJapan

Integrating RDX® QuikStor™ into NetJapan
Integrating RDX® QuikStor™ into
NetJapan ActiveImage™ Protector
INTEGRATION BRIEF
Backup is the life insurance of a company as it protects its crown jewels. Backup ensures
data availability and business continuity after data loss. It is important to know, that data
loss could result in loss of business and loss of business might result in closing the
business. Backup simply gives a peace of mind.
The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy for full disaster protection
Data loss can be caused by many reasons:
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Employees are pushing the wrong button or delete files by accident
Software problems might corrupt data
Hardware failures cause total data loss
Virus and ransomware attacks destroy data or make them inaccessible
Fire or natural disasters could damage the IT-equipment
Sabotage or theft
Because of these different incidents, multiple backup copies should be created and stored at different sites. For full disaster protection, the 3-2-1 backup strategy should be implemented: One media
for primary backup and another one as a secondary backup target. If one media fails, the other
media is still available for recovery tasks. In addition, a third copy should be stored on a removable
media to place this copy off-site. This ensures being capable to accomplish a full data recovery in
case of a disaster at the business site. In addition, the off-site copy cannot be affected by a virus or
ransomware attack.
RDX® QuikStor™ - ruggedized, removable and simple
Overland-Tandberg‘s RDX QuikStor is a removable disk system which simply attaches via USB. It
consists of a drive and a media. The drive is constantly connected to the Server system. The removable media has a rugged design, it’s reliable, fast, easy-to-use, and tough enough to cope in busy
and harsh environments. RDX can be implemented as the secondary backup target with the ability
to store offsite.
Media Rotation
Especially for smaller environments with single server infrastructure, laptop users or single NAS implementations, media rotation is an ideal method to be fully protected against
data loss due to a disaster. In this case, a single backup target with removable media, like RDX, should be implemented.
Using multiple media enables you to alternate the media after
the backup has finished.
RDX QuikStor combines the
benefits of Disk and Tape
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This guide shows a step-by-step instruction of a media rotation scenario with RDX QuikStor as well
as the integration of RDX in a 3-2-1 backup scenario including bare metal recovery.
Configure RDX QuikStor in fixed disk mode
To boot from a RDX cartride, the RDX drive needs to be switched to fixed disk mode. Use the RDX
utility software (version 1.54 or later) to configure RDX QuikStor in fixed disk mode. The software
is available on the RDX QuikStor download section of the Tandberg Data website. In addition, the
latest firmware should be downloaded and installed. (2.27 or later).
Download the RDX utility from
the Tandberg Data website (www.
tandbergdata.com). Start the RDX
Utility and click on “Diagnostic.”
If there is media inside the drive,
eject it.
Select the “Utility” tab.
The “Change Firmware” button can be used to update the
firmware if necessary. Click on
“Change Device Mode.”
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Choose “Fixed Disk” and click
“OK.”
Check the status message in the
lower part of the window. Click
“Exit” and close the RDX utility
window.
RDX is now in Fixed Disk Mode.
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Creating a bootable RDX recovery cartridge
In case of a total system crash, the whole operating system needs to be recovered in addition to the
application and user files. This could be done by inserting the Windows startup DVD. A more convenient solution is to create a RDX recovery cartridge which includes a bootable Windows Recovery
Environment and the backup files.
Download the “Windows Assessment and Deployment” (Windows
ADK).
You might use these links:
Windows 8.1:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/
download/details.aspx?id=39982
Windows 10 (please use version
1607):
https://developer.microsoft.com/enus/windows/hardware/windows-assessment-deployment-kit
Please select “Deployment Tools”
and “Windows Preinstallation
Environment” to install. Deselect
all other options.
Start the ActiveImage Protector
Software.
Choose “Utilities” and select “BE
Builder (Windows PE)”.
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The Boot Environment Builder
application is started.
Click “Next”.
The application recognizes the
installed ADK and the operating
system version. You might change
the version if necessary.
Click “Next”.
The Boot Environment Builder
allows you to install device drivers
needed for your environment.
Network and storage device drivers included in the current system
are detected and listed on the
left pane. Select the driver(s) and
click on “==>” to embed them into
the boot environment.
To add additional drivers, click
on “Load INF file” and browse
through your system.
Click “Next”.
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Set your environment.
Hint:
For a higher compatibility, you can
skip the video driver installation at
this time. You should keep default
screen resolution at 1024*768.
Click “Next”.
Select “ISO Image” to create an ISO
image file in a specified location on
your hard disk.
Click “Next”.
Please check your configuration
at the “Summary Screen”.
Click on “Build Windows PE environment”, if you are satisfied with
your settings, otherwise click
“< Prev” to make changes.
Click on “OK” to confirm to start
building Windows PE environment.
Click “Close” if download has
finished.
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The ISO file is now stored onto the
local disk of the server.
To create a bootable RDX media,
we use a third party tool called
“Rufus” which is downloadable
from
https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_
US.
Please extend the format options
and check the “List USB Hard
Drives” box is your RDX drive is
not listed.
According to your system, choose
the right option for MBR or GPT:
RDX media up to 2 TB = MBR
partition scheme for BIOS
RDX media over 2 TB = GPT disk
partition scheme for UEFI
Check the “Create a bootable disk
using” box and select “ISO image”
from the listbox. Browse your previous created ISO file.
Please double check your partition
scheme and file system settings!!!
Press “Start”.
The RDX media is now a bootable media.
As we have chosen to create a
GPT partition scheme for UEFI
in our example, Rufus added a
small FAT32 boot partition.
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Scenario I - Backup to RDX QuikStor with Media Rotation
Attach your RDX drive to your computer system. We recommend using at least three RDX media for
media rotation implementation. One media is in the office, ready for the next backup job, one media
is off-site at a safe location and the third one in in transit to or from the off-site location.
The media rotation scheme:
The first media is in the office, ready for the next backup job
The second media is off-site at a
safe location
The third Media in in transit to or
from the off-site location.
Launch ActiveImage Protector.
Click on “Backup”.
Choose “Create Backup
Schedule”.
Choose the source disk you
want to backup. We recommend
to choosing “Entire Disk” and
selecting all existing volumes.
Click on “Next”.
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In the “Destination” section, choose a task name
to specify your backup job.
Then select the destination you want to store
your backup. Here, drive “D:” has been chosen,
as this is the connected RDX drive.
The backup filename is automatically created
according to date and time. You might overwrite
this name with your own suggestion.
On the right side of this window, choose compression / deduplication if applicable and secure
your backup file to protect off-site
backup against unauthorized use with password
and AES 256 bit encryption.
Select “Advanced Options”.
We highly recommend integrating
a post processing script to eject
the RDX media after each backup
as a visual reminder to rotate the
media.
A freeware tool is available under
http://www.freeeject.com/
Click on “Done”.
Then click “Next”.
Define your backup schedule. In
this scenario, we define a daily
backup on workdays at 7:00 PM,
starting with a full backup on
Mondays followed by incremental
backups from Tuesday through
Friday.
Click “OK”.
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You might want to set a retention
policy to keep a certain number
of backup sets (full backups with
their corresponding incremental
backups).
This will delete older backup sets
to free up disk space on your RDX
media. The number of sets applies
according to your requirements.
In this example, we keep 8 weeks
(because of a weekly full-backup).
Click “Next”.
A summary screen is displayed.
Please check your setting.
If you are satisfied with your
settings, click “Done”, otherwise
click on “Back”.
After clicking “Done”, you can
decide whether you want to start
your backup right now.
The created backup job is
displayed in the dashboard
screen and ready to run at the
specified time.
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Scenario II - Backup to NAS and Replication to RDX QuikStor
Backup to NAS is not sufficient for data protection. As already mentioned at the beginning of this document, a second backup copy to another backup target should be created. Furthermore, one copy
should be stored off-site to be protected against local incidents or virus and ransomware attacks.
In conjunction with ImageCenter LE, Active Image Protector is able to perform a primary backup to
a NAS System and secondary backup to RDX QuikStor including off-site protection.
Step 1: Backup to NAS
Launch ActiveImage Protector
and choose the source disk for
backup as described in scenario I.
Click on “Next”.
Assign a Task name for the
backup job. Then click on “Select
Folder” and choose your NAS
System. If it does not appear in
the selection menu, type in the
IP address. If desired, select a
subfolder on this NAS as the
backup target. In our case, “Data”
has been selected.
Click on “Select Folder”.
You might need to provide a
username and password for your
backup destination.
Click on “Next”.
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In this example, we perform
daily full backups and additional
incremental backups on every
hour.
These settings might vary
according to your business needs.
Click “OK”.
Please refer to scenario I for additional settings.
The created backup job is displayed
in the dashboard screen and ready
to run at the specified time.
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Step 2: Replication to RDX
Replication to RDX can be performed with the ImageCenter LE software, which is part of the backup
software package.
Start ImageCenter LE.
Select “Create Replication Task”.
Click on “Browse” to select you
primary backup target (the NAS
system in our case).
You might need to type in a username and password.
Click on “Next”.
Select the image file you want to
replicate.
Notice, that only the image file of
the initial backup can be selected.
Click “OK”.
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You might want to change the
default profile name.
Click “Next”.
Select the target for replication.
Here, we choose “LOCAL(DAS)”
and select drive letter “D:” as this
is our RDX drive. In addition, we
created a dedicated subfolder for
replication.
You can choose some replicationoptions, in this example, we
selected “Replicate only the last
generation” to replicate the latest
backup only.
Click “Next”.
Specify the schedule according
to your requirements. In this
example, we choose a replication
on workdays at 11PM after our full
backup.
Click “Next”.
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You might want to adjust some
performance settings.
Click “Next”.
The summary window enables
you to review your settings. If you
need to change some settings
click on “Back”, otherwise select
“Finish”.
The replication has been created
and will start according to the
specified schedule.
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You might want to adjust some
performance settings.
Click “Next”.
The replication has been created
and will start according to the
specified schedule.
Specify the schedule according
to your requirements. In this
example, we choose a replication
on workdays at 11PM after our full
backup.
Click “Next”.
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Performing a restore
You can perform a single file/directory restore or a full system restore with bare metal
recovery.
Single file/directory restore
Select your backup target on
either your NAS system or RDX
media.
Choose the appropriate backup
file and double-click on it.
Select the volume you need to
restore your files/directories.
Browse your directory
structure until you reached the
directory/files you need to restore.
Select the appropriate directories/
files your need to restore. Right
click and select “Copy”.
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Select the destination folder for restore right click and select “Paste”
to restore them.
System Restore using BMR (bare metal recovery)
The RDX must be in fixed disk mode for this procedure!
If necessary, you might perform this setting from another computer. Please refer to the section
“Configure RDX QuikStor in fixed disk mode” at the beginning of this guide.
In case, you don’t have another system available, you can change the mode directly at the RDX
drive by following these steps:
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Press and hold the eject button for five seconds
The LED on the button will now flash alternatively yellow and green
Press the eject button once to set the drive into the Fixed-Disk-Mode
The LED will now flash continuously yellow, green, green
Press the eject twice in rapid succession to confirm
Attach the RDX-drive and load the appropriate cartridge with the system image previously created
and the backup files. Power on your system.
After the recovery environment
has booted, the Active Image
Protector application is started
automatically. You can check the
local disks in the overview. If a
disk is missing, you can click on
“Utilities” and next “Driver loader”
to load missing RAID or storage
controller driver.
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From the menu pane, click “Recovery”.
Click on “Restore Source Image”.
Choose a full base backup or an
incremental image file for restore.
Highlight and click “Open”
The image has been selected for
restore.
Check the box in the Disk Map
to select the volume or disk to be
restored.
Click “Next”.
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The disk selected is now displayed
under “Source Objects:”.
Right-click on the restore source (a
disk or a volume).
We have now a few options:
1. We just want to restore the
entire disk from the backup to new
disk with the same size.
In this case just right click to the
disk on top under “Source Objects:”
and choose your new target disk
and press “ok”.
2. You want to restore single
volume to an existing disk
Right click on top under “Source
Objects:” and choose your target
volume and press “ok”.
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Right click to the system volume
(Windows C: drive) on top under
“Source Objects:” and choose your
new target disk and press “ok”.
When the restore target destination
is specified, the following message
is displayed. Click on “Yes”.
If the restore target destination
volume or available space is smaller than the source, but the above
conditions are satisfied, the volume
is added to “Target Settings:”.
If you want to further reduce the
volume, right-click on the volume
to select “Resize Volume” or place
the mouse cursor on the right-end
of the volume and drag it to the left.
You can repeat this for the other
remaining data volumes, to change
the volume size.
Afterwards click on “Next >”.
Review the settings and click on
“Done” to start the restore task.
After the restart, the system is up and running. Additional tasks may be performed to complete the
recovery.
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