Types of Servers

You can see four types of virtual servers in the Recovery Console.

Primary: A virtual server constantly running in the remote cloud. Typically, it runs the Active Directory (AD) and Exchange services. Acronis creates the virtual machine and provides the operating system. Further maintenance of the server is the client’s responsibility. The server must be attached to the production network.

Local Recovery: A local collection of snapshots from your production server. The name of the Acronis server is the same as that of your server that it is protecting. Any snapshot can be activated on the LCA.

Remote Recovery: A replicated collection of snapshots from the Local Recovery server, located in the cloud. The name of the server is the same as its paired Local Recovery server. Any snapshot can be activated in the cloud.

Archived (applicable to snapshots taken by FalconStor): A copy of the weekly and monthly snapshots from the source Remote Recovery server, used for long term snapshot retention. These servers are located in the cloud. They can only be used for data recovery. The name of the server is the same as the Remote Recovery server from which it is created. An Archived server is created when a Remote Recovery server is assigned a retention policy of type Long Term Storage.

Bootable and non-bootable recovery servers

New recovery servers are created as not bootable (they cannot be activated as virtual machines). When you change them to bootable, you assign them to one production VLAN and one test VLAN. Later, when you activate a snapshot on the server, you choose between the two VLANs. You can at any time change the identity of the production and/or test VLANs assigned to your server.