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Recovery Points Created by your Windows VPS Backup Service: Basics

Reference Number: AA-04883 Created: 2013-04-10 13:49 Last Updated: 2013-04-10 13:49 0 Rating/ Voters


A Recovery Point is created as the result of data replication. The first Recovery Point is called an Initial Replica because it is performed only one time as long as the storage medium is not replaced.

In a Virtual Full Backup each Recovery Point is comprised of many Deltas. A Delta represents the state of a disk volume block at a particular point in time. Each Delta can be used by one or more Recovery Point. The relationship between Deltas and Recovery Points is maintained by the Disk Safe.

A Recovery Point appears like a Full backup to the user. That is only in appearance as each Recovery Point only contains block level Deltas or changes since the last Synchronization. In other words, a Recovery Point is a point-in-time virtual full backup of the Devices (or selected files/folders on Devices).

The Recovery Point Retention is defined in the Policy properties. The Retention rules define how many Recovery Points to keep in the Disk Safe. Old Recovery Points are merged automatically.

Recovery Point properties:

  • Mount Point
  • Last Device Path
  • Content Type
  • Identification
  • File System Properties
  • Synchronization Details

The following actions are available for the Recovery Points:

  • View
  • Delete (merge)
  • Lock
  • Restore

You can limit the number of Recovery Points stored in the Disk Safes assigned to the Volume.

 

 

Follow the instructions below to access Recovery Points via the Server Backup interface.

1. Click on "Recovery Points" in the Main Menu to open the "Recovery Points" window.

2. In the "Recovery Points" list, select a Server from the drop-down menu located on the "Recovery Points" list toolbar.

3. Select a Disk Safe from the drop-down menu located on the "Recovery Points" list toolbar.

The "Recovery Points" window is divided into the following areas:

  • Recovery Points Menu - Provides access to the actions which relate to customizing the "Recovery Point" list.
  • Recovery Points List - The Recovery Points added to the system are displayed in this area.
  • Details Pane- After you select an item in the list, its details are displayed in this area.

 

Recovery Point Menu

The following Recovery Point menu buttons are available:

  • Basic List Filter - Allows you to customize the view of the "Recovery Points" list by applying the minimum range (most commonly used) of filter criteria.


"Recovery Point" List

The "Recovery Point" list provides information about Recovery Points in a grid.

Tip
You have a possibility to organize information, such as filtering out the items you do not need to see. You can also sort items, limit the number of items displayed per page, and specify which columns you want to display.

 

Tip
To see the name of the column heading, hover the mouse pointer over the column heading, without clicking it. The title will be displayed in a yellow tooltip.

Columns

  • Checkbox - Allows you to select the item in the list.
  • ID - Identification number generated by the system.
  • Created On - Date and time when the Recovery Point was created.
  • State - Recovery Point state (Available, Locked, Merged, etc.)
  • Devices - Devices that where replicated to the Recovery Point.
  • Archived - Means that this Recovery Point has already been archived.
  • Multi-Volume Snapshot -This option can be useful if the MS SQL Server has files across more than one Device. The check-box is un-checked by default on new and upgraded Windows Policies.

Note
If the SQL Server has files across more than one Device, and the "Multi-Volume Snapshot" option is not selected, then the system displays an alert message.

  • Actions - This column provides access to actions available for the selected Recovery Point.

*       Browse - You can view the replicated files and folders and select the ones to restore. See

*       Lock - You can protect the Recovery Point from merging.

List Buttons

The buttons allow you to work with one or several items selected in the "Recovery Points" list.

  • Disk Safe - Disk Safe where the Recovery Point is located.
  • Server - The assigned Server.
  • Merge Selected - Once one or several Recovery Points are checked in the list, this button allows you to merge them.
  • Lock Selected - Once one or several unlocked Recovery points are checked in the list, this button allows you to lock them.
  • Unlock Selected - Once one or several locked Recovery Points are checked in the list, this button allows you to unlock them.

Pages Navigation

The Pages Navigation pane allows you to divide the Recovery Points into pages by specifying the desired number of items per page. The Pages Navigation pane provides buttons to navigate from one page to another.

  • Arrows - Turns over pages.

*       First - Opens the fist page.

*       Previous - Opens the previous page.

*       Next - Opens the next page.

*       Last - Opens the last page.

  • Page Number - Field where to type in the page number. Press <Enter> to go to the required page. The total number of the existing pages is shown on the pane.
  • Items Per Page - Used to define how many items to display per page in the "Recovery Points" list. The system remembers your settings. Unless you change this settings, you see 10 items per page. If you want to see more/less items per page, you can change the number and press <Enter>. The maximum number of items per page is 25.

Details Pane

This pane provides detailed information about the Recovery Point selected in the list. Most of the presented data is the same as the data shown in the "Recovery Point" list columns.

Details Tab

  • Time Created - Date and time when the Recovery Point is created.
  • Status - Shows a state of the Recovery Point (Available, Locked, Merged, etc.)
  • Disk Safe - Disk Safe where the Recovery Point is located.
  • Server - The assigned Server.

Tip
You can collapse/expand the details of the Disk Safe (or Server) by clicking on the "Detail" icon.

Devices Tab

This table displays information about the replicated devices in the columns:

  • State - Graphically indicates the Device state (Incomplete, Complete, Error, Merged, etc.)
  • Type - Last Synch Type (Initial Replica, Replication or Block Scan).
  • Mount Point - A mount point is a directory (typically an empty one) in the currently accessible filesystem on which an additional filesystem is mounted (i.e., logically attached). For more information see Mount Point.

Note
For example, for Windows systems, a Mount Point can be shown as follows:

  • Size - The measuring characteristic of Device showing how large it is, in other words, what space is available on the Device. Example: 8.0 GB.
  • Content Type - The file system created on the Device. Example: NTFS.
  • Block Size - A file system property which indicates a nominal length of a block in the Device. Example: 4.0 KB.

Note
Click the "plus" sign to see more information for a Device.

Storage Configuration Tab

  • Partition Tables - The list of partition tables.

Tip
Click on the plus sign to see the details.

 


 


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