In this video segment, we're going to talk about what exactly is a recovery point. So every machine that is being protected by AppAssure is taking snapshot-based backups. Each time a snapshot occurs, a recovery point is generated.
Let's go into one of the machines and take a look at what that looks like. Here on my Exchange, I go to the recovery points tab. And then on the lower half of the screen here, you can see I have recovery points. The recovery points themselves make up the entire system, even though they're incremental.
So I have, for instance, on each one of these recovery points, I have my system reserve partition, I have the C drive, F, G, and I. In this particular server, the way I have this set up is my C drive is obviously the system or the boot partition, the system reserved is the system partition, the F drive contains my Exchange databases, the G drive contains my Exchange log files, and the I drive is just another volume that I have here set up with additional data just to play with and manipulate.
So looking at a recovery point, I can simply expand the list. And then from here, I can easily see individually what was done for each one of these particular volumes. And I can interact with them in several ways.
So for instance, I can mount a volume. I can click on the Mount option. I can tell it where I would like to mount it. In this case, we'll just say C colon backslash temp. The folder root can exist, but the exact location cannot. It's going to use the standard Windows volume mount points feature in Windows, which needs an NTFS folder.
Now, I can just leave the default here, and it will mount all the volumes, or I can individually select one. Then I choose the mount type, read only, read only with previous writes, or writeable. In this case, I just need it to go and get specific data and copy it off, so I'm going to go with read only. If, for instance, on that disk it contained a SQL database, I would use the writeable option. That way I'd be able to attach the database directly from the recovery point without actually having to perform a restore.
The last part of this is I could also create a share on the fly at that point in time. So we'll go ahead and we'll hit mount. It allows us to open a Monitor window to see what's happening with this particular task. And as you can see, it has already succeeded. So we will close that.
Now, if I go out to Windows Explorer on this machine, I now go to the Temp folder. There is a C. And this is the C drive from that particular snapshot's point in time. Now I can easily open up other Windows Explorer windows to the original. I can drag and drop individual files, copy stuff in and out any way I want.
If I did make it writeable, anything I do to that volume when I go ahead and dismount it-- because it's still mounted, even though I closed Windows Explorer-- when I dismount that volume, all those changes are lost. We want the volumes to remain immutable. They have to stand up in court as something that has not changed.
Now, the one other thing that we have that allows us to interact with the recovery points is the local mount utility. The local mount utility will allow us to install this on any system. We did this in a previous video. We could install it locally on a desktop. We can install it on any one of the servers. We can install it on the core itself.
Once I have it installed, I can then browse through, right click, and say Mount. It handles the mount in the background, and at the same time, it will also pop open Windows Explorer to that folder. So that will allow me to quickly and easily get into the data that I need.
So there's two different ways to interact with the mount points. If I had this loaded on my laptop, it's almost like very similar to an iSCSI connection or something where when I create that link between the aperture core server and the machine running the mount utility, it allows me to have that local volume effect. And that is what is a recovery point.