arcserve-KB : Using the arcserve RHA r15 arcserve Integration Feature to Backup Replicated Data

Last Update: 2016-04-25 13:45:14 UTC



This document provides an overview of the CA ARCserve RHA r15 ARCserve Integration Feature to Backup Replicated Data.


The integration between CA ARCserve Backup and CA RHA provides the dual benefit of continuous data protection and backup of this protected data. Through this integration, CA RHA continues to provide real-time, continuous data replication from the Master server (production server) to the Replica server, while CA ARCserve Backup then backs up this replicated data from the Replica server to the CA ARCserve Backup server for archiving and compliance.

The integration between CA ARCserve Backup and CA RHA lets you use replication and continuous protection (using CA RHA) and backup (using CA ARCserve Backup) for archiving and compliance.

The integration provides the following core capabilities and benefits:

  • Use of the familiar CA ARCserve Backup interface for backup job configuration, scheduling, and management.
  • Real-time, continuous replication of files and data as they change to ensure that the most recent data is always available for restore or recovery.
  • Backups are done from the Replica server, which minimizes the impact on the Master server and provides an unlimited backup window.

The backup process will back up everything that is part of a scenario. The backup job will create a session for each entity that constitutes a scenario. The supported scenarios are SQL Server, MS Exchange, and File Server.

The integrated backup process for CA ARCserve Backup and CA RHA consists of the following three basic functions:

  • CA RHA Scenario Creation.
  • CA ARCserve Backup Job Creation.
  • CA ARCserve Backup Job Execution.

The first step for integrating CA RHA and CA ARCserve Backup is to define the CA RHA Scenario. Currently the integration is provided for File Server, Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010, and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008. Both Disaster Recover (DR) and High Availability Scenarios (HA) are supported.

  1. Click the New icon on the toolbar. The Welcome to the New Scenario Wizard screen appears.

  2. Select the Create New Scenario option and click 'Next' to create a new scenario.

    • The Select Server and Product Type screen appears.
    • In this screen a File Server DR scenario is 'Defined'.
    • Under the Tasks on Replica Section the ARCserve Backup Radial Button is selected and the ARCserve Server Name is 'Defined'.
    • The 'with Integrity Testing' checkbox is also selected. (This is an optional feature).

3.  The Master and Replica Hosts screen appears.

  • Enter the Scenario name for the scenario being created and the hostname or IP address for both the Master server and Replica server.
  • You can also use the browse buttons next to each hostname field to select the corresponding locations.

4.  Select the data which you would like to be protected using ARCserve RHA.

5.  Change any applicable properties within the General Scenario Properties Pane.

6.  Change any applicable properties for either the Master or Replica CA RHA Nodes.

  • The Replica Node has a CA ARCserve Tasks section.
  • Here you can specify the Number of Snapshots to be retained on your replica node.
  • Each CA ARCserve Backup that runs will create a snapshot of the data being protected and store it on the Replica Server.

7.  The Scenario Validation Pane will display the state of the scenario.

8.  The Scenario Run Pane will give an overview of important scenario settings and the option to 'Run Now' or 'Finish' and start the scenario at a later date.

9.  Upon scenario run for the first time you will be challenged to provide your CA ARCserve 'caroot' username and password.

10.  Once the credentials are submitted CA RHA will communicate with the CA ARCserve Backup server and pass the scenario information into the CA ARCserve Backup Manager.

11.  Confirmation that the CA RHA Scenario has been successfully passed to the CA ARCserve Manager will be displayed within the RHA Manager Event Console.

12.  Once the CA ARCserve RHA Scenario has been created and updated into the CA ARCserve Manager, the backup job can be created within ARCserve.

Under the ARCserve Backup Manager select the correct scenario listed under the CA RHA Scenarios grouping of objects.

13.  If you have multiple Scenarios defined you can determine the correct one using the Scenario ID contained in parenthesis. This number will match the scenario ID found within the Scenario General Properties section.

14.  The rest of the ARCserve job is configured as normal.

  • When the backup job goes Active it sends a command to the RHA Control Service to suspend Replication.
  • At this time all changes are cached in spool on the Active Master RHA server.
  • A VSS Snapshot is created for the data on the replica and backed up.
  • Once the backup job is completed the RHA Control Service is notified and replication resumes from where it left off.
  • The RHA Manager Event Console provides a real time account of these events as they occur.



ARCserve RHA: 15.0
Last Modified Date:    06/18/2010
Document ID:    TEC523987
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