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Recovery Manager for AD Disaster Recovery Edition 10.1.1 - User Guide

Overview Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console Getting and using help Configuring Windows Firewall Using Computer Collections Managing Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration Licensing
Backing up data
Permissions required for the Backup operation Managing Backup Agent Using a least-privileged user account to back up data Using Managed Service Accounts Active Directory backups vs Windows System State backups Creating BMR and Active Directory backups Using the Backup Wizard Retrying backup creation Enabling backup encryption Backing up AD LDS (ADAM) Backing up cross-domain group membership Backing up distributed file system (DFS) data Backup scheduling Setting performance options Setting advanced backup options Using Forest Recovery Agent Unpacking backups Using e-mail notification Viewing backup creation results
Restoring data
Getting started with Active Directory recovery Managing deleted or recycled objects Restoring backed up Active Directory components Integration with Change Auditor for Active Directory Using granular online restore Restoring AD LDS (ADAM) Selectively restoring Active Directory object attributes Restoring objects in an application directory partition Restoring object quotas Restoring cross-domain group membership Performing a restore without having administrator privileges Reports about objects and operations Using complete offline restore Offline restore implications Restoring SYSVOL authoritatively Performing a granular restore of SYSVOL Recovering Group Policy Restoring data from third-party backups Using the Extract Wizard Restoring passwords and SID history
Full Replication Consolidating backup registration data Monitoring Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovering an Active Directory forest
Forest recovery overview Deploying Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console Forest Recovery Console Managing a recovery project Recovery methods Phased recovery Managing Forest Recovery Agent Rebooting domain controllers manually Resetting DSRM Administrator Password Purging Kerberos Tickets Managing the Global Catalog servers Managing FSMO roles Manage DNS Client Settings Configuring Windows Firewall Developing a custom forest recovery plan Backing up domain controllers Assigning a preferred DNS server during recovery Handling DNS servers during recovery Forest recovery approaches Deciding which backups to use Running custom scripts while recovering a forest Overview of steps to recover a forest Viewing forest recovery progress Viewing recovery plan Viewing a report about forest recovery or verify settings operation Handling failed domain controllers Adding a domain controller to a running recovery operation Selectively recovering domains in a forest Recovering SYSVOL Deleting domains during recovery Resuming an interrupted forest recovery Recovering read-only domain controllers (RODCs) Checking forest health Collecting diagnostic data for technical support
Restore Active Directory on Clean OS Bare metal forest recovery Using Management Shell Creating virtual test environments Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory web portal Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for using Computer Collections Technical characteristics Best practices for creating backups Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery Best practices for recovering a forest Descriptions of recovery or verification steps Ports Used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) Backup Wizard Online Restore Wizard Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM) Group Policy Restore Wizard Repair Wizard Extract Wizard Events generated by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Descriptions of PowerShell commands
Add-RMADBackup Add-RMADCollectionItem Add-RMADFEComputer Add-RMADReplicationConsole Add-RMADStorageServer Backup-RMADCollection Close-RMADFEProject Compare-RMADObject Convert-RMADBackup ConvertTo-RMADRecycledObject Create-RMADStorageManagementAgentSetup Expand-RMADBackup Export-RMADBackup Export-RMADFERecoveryCertificate Export-RMADFEResult Get-RMADBackup Get-RMADBackupAgent Get-RMADBackupInfo Get-RMADBackupObject Get-RMADBackupSecurityStatus Get-RMADCollection Get-RMADCollectionItem Get-RMADDeletedObject Get-RMADFEComputer Get-RMADFEConsole Get-RMADFEDnsCache Get-RMADFEDomain Get-RMADFEEvent Get-RMADFEGlobalOptions Get-RMADFEOperation Get-RMADFEPersistenceConnection Get-RMADFEProject Get-RMADFERecoveryAgent Get-RMADFESchedule Get-RMADGlobalOptions Get-RMADLicenseInfo Get-RMADObject Get-RMADReplicationConsole Get-RMADReplicationSchedule Get-RMADReplicationSession Get-RMADReplicationSessionItem Get-RMADReportObject Get-RMADReportObjectAttributes Get-RMADReportObjectChildren Get-RMADReportSession Get-RMADSession Get-RMADSessionItem Get-RMADSessionItemEvent Get-RMADStorageServers Import-RMADBackup Import-RMADFERecoveryCertificate Install-RMADBackupAgent Install-RMADFERecoveryAgent New-RMADCollection New-RMADFEProject New-RMADFERecoveryMedia New-RMADSchedule Open-RMADFEProject Publish-RMADBackupSecurityStatus Remove-RMADBackup Remove-RMADBackupAgent Remove-RMADCollection Remove-RMADCollectionItem Remove-RMADFEComputer Remove-RMADFERecoveryAgent Remove-RMADFESchedule Remove-RMADReplicationConsole Remove-RMADReplicationSchedule Remove-RMADReplicationSession Remove-RMADStorageServer Remove-RMADUnpackedComponent Rename-RMADCollection Restore-RMADDeletedObject Restore-RMADDomainController Restore-RMADObject Resume-RMADFERecovery Save-RMADFEProject Set-RMADCollection Set-RMADFEComputer Set-RMADFEDnsCache Set-RMADFEDomain Set-RMADFEGlobalOptions Set-RMADFEPersistenceConnection Set-RMADFERecoveryMode Set-RMADFESchedule Set-RMADGlobalOptions Set-RMADReplicationConsole Set-RMADReplicationSchedule Start-RMADFERecovery Start-RMADFEVerification Start-RMADReplication Start-RMADReportViewer Stop-RMADFEWorkflow Update-RMADBackupAgent Update-RMADFEProject Update-RMADLicense

Backup Data Preparation

This page enables you to view the progress of the backup extraction. To stop the unpack process, click Cancel. You can also have the wizard keep the extracted data for future use. When the Keep extracted data after completing the wizard check box is selected, the wizard saves the extracted DIT database in a temporary folder, so you can reuse this information for subsequent starts of the Online Restore Wizard or Group Policy Restore Wizard. The temporary folder is specified using the General tab of the Unpacked Backups Policy dialog box. When this check box is cleared, the extracted data is erased when you close the wizard. Because the unpacking process is a lengthy operation, you should not close the wizard unless you are sure that no additional objects need to be compared or restored within the current session.


AD LDS (ADAM) Access Options

This page allows you to specify the target AD LDS (ADAM) instance and account used to access that instance.

  • Target AD LDS (ADAM) instance. Displays the name of the AD LDS (ADAM) instance for the restore operation. By default, the wizard uses the AD LDS (ADAM) instance from which the backup was created. To specify a different instance, click Browse, and then complete the Select AD LDS (ADAM) Instance dialog box.

  • Browse. Opens the Select AD LDS (ADAM) Instance dialog box that allows you to select the target AD LDS (ADAM) instance for the restore operation.

  • Port number. Displays the port number used by AD LDS (ADAM).

  • Account used to access the AD LDS (ADAM) instance. Displays the user account used to access the target AD LDS (ADAM) instance. To specify a different account or a different AD LDS (ADAM) instance to connect to, click Change.

  • Change. Opens the Connect to AD LDS (ADAM) dialog box that allows you to specify the target AD LDS (ADAM) instance and the user account used to connect to that instance.


Objects to Be Processed

Use this window to select AD LDS (ADAM) objects to be processed.

  • Objects. Lists the objects the wizard will process. The Name column displays the object’s distinguished name.

  • Add. Adds objects to the Objects list. Click this button, and then, on the shortcut menu, click Find, Browse, or Import to specify the objects you want to add.

  • Remove. Removes selected objects from the Objects list.

  • Properties. Displays the Properties dialog box, allowing you to view the attribute values of objects you select from the Objects list.

To add objects to the Objects list
  1. Click Add, and then do one of the following:

    • On the shortcut menu, click Find and use the Find and Select Objects in Backup dialog box to search for objects in the backup. Under Search results, select objects by selecting check boxes next to object names.

    • On the shortcut menu, click Browse and use the Browse and Select Object in Backup dialog box to browse the directory tree and select an object.

    • On the shortcut menu, click Import and use the Open dialog box to locate and open the import file that contains distinguished names (DN) of the objects you want to add. Import files are text files that contain one DN per line. When preparing an import file for selecting objects, you must escape reserved characters by prefixing such characters with a backslash () in DN strings. The reserved characters that must be escaped include semicolon (;), right and left angle brackets (<, >), backslash (), double quote (“), plus sign (+), comma (,), space or # character at the beginning of a string, and space character at the end of a string.

  2. When finished, click OK to close the dialog box.

To view values of the object attributes
  • Select an object from the Objects list, and then click Properties.

    The wizard displays the Properties dialog box. The Attributes box inside the Properties dialog box lists attributes of the selected object and displays the values each attribute has in the backup and in Active Directory. The elements of the Properties dialog box are defined as follows:

    • Show changed attributes only. When selected, the Attributes list displays only the attributes that have been changed since the time the backup was created.

    • Show all possible attributes. When selected, the Attributes list displays all possible attributes of the selected object.

    • Include attributes with empty values. When selected, the Attributes list displays only the attributes that have non-empty values.

    In the Attributes list, each entry includes the following fields:

  • Attribute. Displays the LDAP display name of an attribute. When the value in the backup differs from the value in AD LDS (ADAM), the attribute is labeled with a red exclamation sign icon. Otherwise, it is labeled with a green tick icon.

  • Value in Backup. Displays the value the attribute has in the backup.

  • Value in Active Directory. Displays the value the attribute has in AD LDS (ADAM), if the object exists in AD LDS (ADAM).


Processing Options

Use this page to select the operation option, to specify whether to process the objects' child objects, and how to process object attributes.

  • Operation option. In this area, you can use the following elements:

    • Compare, analyze and, optionally, restore. Compares the selected objects with their counterparts in AD LDS (ADAM).

    • Restore (skip compare analysis). Skips compare operation and restores the selected objects without creating and analyzing comparison reports.

    • Restore the selected objects. Appears if you proceed to restore after performing the comparison. Restores objects selected in the Objects to Be Restored window.

  • Child objects processing. In this area, you can use the following elements:

    • Process no child objects. Processes only the selected objects.

    • Process all child objects. Processes the selected objects and all their child objects.

    • Process child objects of selected types. Processes the selected objects and their child objects of the types you specify using the Select Object Types button.

    • Select Object Types. Displays the Select Object Types dialog box that allows you to select the child object types to be processed.

  • Attribute-level processing. In this area, you can use the following elements:

    • Process all attributes. Processes all object attributes. When performing a restore with this option, the wizard only restores the attributes that were modified since the backup time. The wizard does not affect other attributes.

    • Process selected attributes. Processes selected object attributes. Use the Select Attributes button to specify the attributes to be processed. You can process selected attributes only if child objects are not selected for processing.

    • Select Attributes. Displays the Select Attributes to Be Processed dialog box that allows you to specify what object attributes the wizard will process.


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