Integrating RDX® QuikStorTM into NetJapan
Integrating RDX® QuikStorTM into
NetJapan ActiveImageTM Protector
Backup is the life insurance of a company as it protects its systems and data. Backup also
ensures that valuable data is available after a disaster and business continues as normal.
Man-hours lost to ineffective or slow disaster recovery can be astronomical and can lead
companies to close their doors forever.
Backup is essential! It must be reliable, as well as easy and quick
to restore to give you peace of mind in case of disaster.
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The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy
for full disaster protection
Employees push the wrong button or
delete files by accident
Software problems corrupt data
To ensure a full protection against IT disasters,
companies should implement the 3-2-1 backup
strategy, with one storage device for the primary
backup and another one as secondary backup
target. If one of them fails, the backup stored on
the other storage device is still available to recover
your company’s data and system. In addition, a third
copy of the backup chains should be stored on a
removable storage device.
Hardware failures cause total data loss
Virus and ransomware attacks destroy
data or make them inaccessible
Fire or natural disasters damage
the IT-equipment
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Sabotage or theft
Create 3 copies of
your data
Store your copies
at least 2 types of
storage devices
Store 1 of these
copies offsite
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Rotate storage devices
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 storage device. 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
be dropped and cope in busy and harsh environments.
RDX can be implemented as the secondary backup target
with the ability to store data offsite.
Especially for smaller environments with single server
infrastructure, laptop users or single NAS implementations,
storage device rotation is an ideal and cost effective
method to be fully protected against data loss. In this case,
a single backup target with a removable storage device,
like RDX, can be implemented. Using multiple storage
devices enables you to alternate those after the backup
has finished.
RDX QuikStor combines the benefits of Disk and Tape
More information on QuikStor product webpage.
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This step-by-step guide shows how to
set up rotating storage devices with RDX
QuikStor how to integrate it in a 3-2-1 backup
strategy with an image backup solution
such as NetJapan ActiveImage Protector
which also offers a fast failover and bare
metal recovery.
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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.
Configure RDX QuikStor
in fixed disk mode
To boot from a RDX cartridge, 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).
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Select the “Utility” tab.
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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.”
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Check the status message in the lower part of
the window. Click “Exit” and close the RDX utility
window.
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RDX is now in Fixed Disk.
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Create 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 can 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.
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Download “Windows Assessment and
Deployment” (Windows ADK).
Recommended links:
Windows 8.1
Windows 10 (use version 1607)
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Select “Deployment Tools” and “Windows
Preinstallation Environment” to install.
Disable all other options.
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Start ActiveImage Protector software (trial version
available here). Choose “Utilities” and select “PE
Builder (Windows PE)”.
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The Boot Environment Builder application
is started. Click “Next”.
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The application recognizes the installed ADK and
the operating system version. You can change
the version if necessary.
Click “Next”.
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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.
Tip:
Skip the video driver installation for a
higher compatibility. You should keep the
default screen resolution at 1024×768.
Click “Next”.
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Select “ISO Image” to create an ISO image file in
a specified location on your hard disk.
Check your configuration in the “Summary
Screen”.
Click “Next”.
Click on “Build Windows PE environment” if
you are satisfied with your settings, otherwise
click “< Prev” to make changes.
Click on “OK” to confirm and start building the
Windows PE environment.
Click “Close” when the task is finished.
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The ISO file is now stored to the local disk of the
server.
To create a bootable RDX media, use a thirdparty tool such as “Rufus”, downloadable from
here.
The RDX media is now a bootable media.
Extend the format options and check the “List
USB Hard Drives” box if your RDX drive is not
listed.
When choosing to create a GPT partition scheme
for UEFI (as per our example), Rufus adds a
small FAT32 boot partition.
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 list box. Browse
your previous created ISO file.
Double-check your partition scheme and file
system settings!
Press “Start”.
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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 the
implementation of your storage device rotation strategy. 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 offsite location.
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The first media is in the office, ready for
the next backup job. The second media is
offsite at a safe location. The third media in
transit to or from the off-site location.
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Launch ActiveImage Protector.
Click on “Backup”.
Choose “Create Backup Schedule”.
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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 choose
to overwrite this name.
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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 for this here:
http://www.freeeject.com/
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Define your backup schedule. In this case, we
have chosen to take backups at 07.00pm each
day in the working week. We start with a full
backup on Monday followed by incremental
backups for the following days.
Click “OK”.
Click on “Done”.
Then click “Next”.
On the right side of this window, select the
level of compression/deduplication and
secure your backup file to protect off-site
backup with an AES 256 bit encryption
password.
Select “Advanced Options”.
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We strongly recommend to set a retention
policy to keep a certain number of backup
sets (full backups with their corresponding
incremental backups).
This will automatically delete older
backup sets to free up disk space on your
RDX media. The number of sets applies
according to your requirements.
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A summary screen is displayed. Please check
your setting.
If you are satisfied with your settings, click
“Done”, otherwise click on “Back”.
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The created backup job is displayed in the
dashboard screen and ready to run at the
specified time.
After clicking “Done”, you can decide whether you
want to start your backup right away.
In this example, we keep 8 weeks (because
of a weekly full-backup).
Click “Next”.
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Scenario II
Backup to NAS and replicate to RDX QuikStor
Having your backups stored to a NAS is not sufficient for full data protection. As mentioned earlier in this document,
it is strongly recommended to follow a 3-2-1 backup strategy and to have a second copy of your backups stored
in a different location as well as a third copy in an offsite storage, in order to be protected against local disasters,
virus or ransomware attacks.
In conjunction with ImageCenter LE (free installer included with the download – trial or full version – of ActiveImage
Protector), ActiveImage Protector is able to perform a primary backup to a NAS system and replicate it to RDX
QuikStor for offsite protection.
Step 1: Backup to NAS
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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. Make sure you keep this
password somewhere safe! Click on “Next”.
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In this example, we perform a daily full
backup and additionally incremental
backups 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 shown on the
dashboard and is and ready to run at the
specified time.
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Step 2: Replicate to RDX
Replication to RDX can be performed with ImageCenter LE, included in the ActiveImage
Protector software package.
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Start ImageCenter LE.
Select “Add image folder”.
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Choose or enter your primary backup target
(the NAS system in our case).
Click on “Replication” and select the image file
you want to replicate.
You might need to type in a username and
password.
Notice, that only the image file of the initial
backup can be selected.
Click on “OK”.
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You might want to change the default
profile name of the backup job.
Click “Next”.
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Select the target for replication. Here, we choose
“LOCAL(DAS)” and select drive letter “E:” as this is
our RDX drive. In addition, we created a dedicated
subfolder for replication.
You can choose different replication options,
in this example, we selected “Keep target
items same with source” to replicate the latest
backup only.
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Specify the schedule according to your
requirements.
In this example, we choose a replication
automatically after new backup files are created.
Click “Next”.
Click “Next”.
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You might want to adjust some
performance settings.
Click “Next”.
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The summary window enables you to review your
settings. If you need to change some settings click
on “Back”, otherwise select “Finish”.
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The replication has been created and will start
according to the specified schedule.
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How to restore
Use ActiveImage Protector to restore a single file, multiple folders or directories or you can also restore a
full system with bare metal recovery, on similar or different hardware, from/to any virtual environments.
Single file/directory restore
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Select your backup target on your NAS
system or RDX media.
Choose the appropriate backup file and
double-click on it.
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Select the volume where the files, folders or
directories to restore are stored by browsing the
directory.
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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.
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System Restore using BMR
(bare metal recovery)
Note that the RDX must be in fixed disk mode for this
procedure! This can be set up from another computer.
Refer to the section “Configure RDX QuikStor in fixed disk
mode” above.
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In case, you don’t have another system available, you can
change the mode directly in the RDX drive by following
these steps:
1. Press and hold the eject button for five seconds
2. The LED on the button will now flash alternatively
yellow and green
3. Press the eject button once to set the drive into the
Fixed-Disk-Mode
4. The LED will now flash continuously yellow, green,
green
5. Press the eject twice in rapid succession to confirm
Attach the RDX drive and load the appropriate cartridge
with the system image and backup files previously created.
Boot the Recovery Environment. ActiveImage
Protector is launched automatically. Check the
local disks in the overview. If a disk is missing, click
on “Utilities” and next “Driver loader” to load the
missing RAID or storage controller driver.
Power on your system.
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From the menu pane, click “Recovery”.
Click on “Restore Source Image”.
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Choose a full base backup or an incremental
image file for restore.
Highlight and click “Open”.
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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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Right-click on the restore source (a disk or a volume).
Available options:
1. To restore the entire disk from the backup to new
disk with the same size.
Right click to the disk on top under “Source Objects:”,
choose your new target disk and press “ok”.
2. To restore a single volume to an existing disk.
The selected disk is now displayed under
“Source Objects:”.
Right click on top under “Source Objects:”,
choose your target volume and press “ok”.
3. To restore a complete system backup file to
a new smaller disk. In order to specify a bare
metal disk as restore destination, first initialize
the disk, by right-clicking on the disk information
to display the context menu.
Select the disk initialization type (MBR for BIOS
machines, GPT for UEFI machines).
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Once 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.
Right click to the system volume (Windows C:
drive) at the top, under “Source Objects:”,
choose your new target disk and press “ok”.
You can repeat this for the other remaining data
volumes and change their volume size.
If you restore to dissimilar hardware, you can
inject new RAID or storage controller driver. You
just need to select “Post Restore Operation”
and choose “Run A.I.R.” and you can choose the
new driver file.
Afterwards click on “Next >”. Review the settings
and click on “Done” to start the restore task.
Once restarted, the system is up and running!
Additional tasks may be performed to complete the recovery.
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