arcserve-KB : How to automate the Copy Recovery Point process?

Last Update: 2016-11-23 13:02:13 UTC


Components:CA ARCSERVE D2D: 16.0
Last Modified Date:    12/21/2011
Document ID:    TEC561064
Tech Document
Title:  How to automate the Copy Recovery Point process?


CA ARCserve D2D R16.0 lets you specify the schedule settings for your recovery points to be copied.

  • Each time CA ARCserve D2D performs a successful backup, a point-in-time snapshot image of your backup is also created.
  • This collection of recovery points allows you to locate and specify exactly which backup image you want to copy.
  • You may want to copy/export recovery point information to safely store it offsite in case of a catastrophe, or you may want to save your recovery points to multiple locations, or you may just want to consolidate your backups if your destination is getting full and you still want to preserve all your recovery points.
  • When you select a recovery point to copy/export you are not only capturing the backup blocks that were created for that specified point-in-time, but also whatever previous backup blocks are needed to recreate a full and most recent backup image.

Note: The recovery point copy process is a copy and paste operation only and not a cut and paste operation. As a result, whenever a scheduled copy recovery point job is performed, CA ARCserve D2D creates an additional copy of the recovery point to the specified copy destination, while still retaining the original copy of the recovery point at the backup destination that was specified in Backup Settings.


Steps to Schedule the Copy/Export recovery points using CA ARCserve D2D

  1. Login to CA ARCserve D2D. In CA ARCserve D2D Home Page, under the Tasks click on 'Settings'.

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  2. This will open the Settings dialog select the 'Copy Recovery Points' tab. The Copy Recovery Points dialog opens.

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  3. Settings to Schedule Copy Recovery Points.

    1. Enable Copy Recovery Points - Select the Option 'Enable Copy Recovery Points'. This option enables the scheduled copying of recovery points after the specified number of backups. If this option is not selected, no scheduled copying of recovery points is performed.
    2. Destination -This specifies the location (destination) for the copy of the recovery points or you can browse to a copy location. You can click the green arrow icon button to verify the connection to the specified location.

      Note: The maximum length for the specified destination path is 158 characters.
    3. Copy Recovery Points job will be run after the specified number of backups are performed -This specifies when the scheduled recovery point copy process is automatically launched. The recovery point copy process will be launched automatically after the specified number of successful backups (Full, Incremental, and Verify) and will be based on your selected copy policies. You can use this setting to control how many times a recovery point copy process is triggered each day.

      For example, if you specify to run a backup job every 15 minutes, then if you specify to copy the recovery points run after every 4 backups, there will be 24 recovery point copy jobs performed each day (1 each hour).By default, the schedule for performing recovery point copy jobs is after every 8 backup jobs. (The minimum number of backups that can be specified is 1 and the maximum number is 1344).

      Important! If you schedule backup and copy jobs to run at regular intervals and if the copy job is currently running (in active state) when the scheduled time for the backup job time arrives, the backup job fails. (The next backup job will be run as scheduled and should be successful if it does not conflict with another copy job). Because the copy operation takes almost same amount of time as performing a full backup, the best practice is not to set a frequent schedule for your recovery point copy jobs.
    4. Specify the number of recovery points to keep - This specifies the number of recovery points retained and stored at the specified copy destination. After this number is exceeded, the earliest (oldest) recovery point will be discarded. This cycle of discarding the oldest recovery points repeats as newer recovery points are added to the destination, allowing you to maintain the specified number of stored recovery points. By default the retention count is set to 1 recovery point.

      Note: If your destination does not have sufficient free space, you may consider reducing the number of saved recovery points.

      Note: The maximum number of recovery points is 1344.
    5. Compression - Specifies the type of compression used for recovery point copies. Compression is usually performed to decrease your disk space usage, but also has an inverse impact on your backup speed due to the increased CPU usage.

      The available options are:

      • No Compression - No compression is performed. Files will be pure VHD. This option has the lowest CPU usage (fastest speed), but also has the highest disk space usage for your backup image.
      • No Compression - VHD - No compression is performed. Files will be converted to.vhd format directly, without the need for manual operations. This option has the lowest CPU usage (fastest speed), but also has the highest disk space usage for your backup image.
      • Standard Compression - Some compression is performed. This option provides a good balance between CPU usage and disk space usage. This is the default setting.
      • Maximum Compression - Maximum compression is performed. This option provides the highest CPU usage (lowest speed), but also has the lowest disk space usage for your backup image.

        Note: If your backup image contains uncompressible data (such as JPG images, ZIP files, and so on), additional storage space may need to be allocated to handle such data. As a result, if you select any compression option and have uncompressible data in your backup, it may actually result in an increase in your disk space usage.

    6. Encryption Algorithm - Specify the type of encryption algorithm used for the recovery point copies. Data encryption is the translation of data into a form that is unintelligible without a deciphering mechanism. CA ARCserve D2D data protection uses secure, AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithms to achieve maximum security and privacy of your specified data.

      The available format options are No Encryption, AES-128, AES-192, and AES-256. (To disable encryption, select No Encryption).
    7. Encryption Password - Specify and confirm the encryption password being used to encrypt the destination session.
  4. Click 'Save Settings'. Your recovery point copy settings are saved.

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