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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

Configuring Computer Collection-specific settings to unpack backups

For each Computer Collection, you can override the default (global) settings and configure individual settings to automatically unpack backups.

To configure individual settings for a Computer Collection
  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand Computer Collections to select the Computer Collection.

  2. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  3. Specify settings on the Unpacked Backups tab. For more information, see Unpacked Backups tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

  4. When finished, click OK.


Unpacking a backup manually

You can manually unpack a backup by using the Online Restore Wizard or the Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM). When you select the Backups/Active Directory or Backups/AD LDS (ADAM) node in the console tree, the details pane displays the registered Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) backups, respectively.

To unpack a registered backup manually
  1. Do one of the following:

    • To unpack an Active Directory backup, start the Online Restore Wizard: select the console tree root, and then on the main menu select Action | Online Restore Wizard.

    • To unpack an AD LDS (ADAM) backup, start the Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM): select the console tree root, and then on the main menu select Action | Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM).

  2. Follow the instructions in the wizard until you reach the Backup Selection page.

  3. On the Backup Selection page, select the backup you want to unpack, and then click Next.

  4. On the Backup Data Preparation page, select the Keep extracted data after completing the wizard check box, click Next, and then click Cancel.

  5. In the message box, click Yes to exit the wizard.


Deleting data unpacked from a backup

Unpacked backup components (data) can occupy a significant amount of disk space, therefore it is recommended to delete the unpacked backup components you no longer need.

To delete unpacked backup components
  1. In the console tree, select the Backups/Active Directory or Backups/AD LDS (ADAM) node.

  2. In the details pane, select the backup whose unpacked components you want to delete, and then click Delete Unpacked Components on the Action menu.

This only deletes the unpacked data, not the backup itself.


Using e-mail notification

You can have Recovery Manager for Active Directory send an e-mail message that contains the log information about the backup creation session when backing up Computer Collections.

To use this feature, set up the appropriate settings on the Alerts tab in the Computer Collection Properties dialog box and on the E-mail tab in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Settings dialog box.

To enable e-mail notification for a Computer Collection
  1. In the console tree, click Recovery Manager for Active Directory, expand the Computer Collection node, and then select the Computer Collection in question.

  2. On the Action menu, click Properties, and then open the Alerts tab in the Computer Collection Properties dialog box.

  3. On the Alerts tab, do the following:

    a. Select the E-mail notification check box.

    b. In the To text box, specify the recipient's e-mail address.

    c. Use the What to record list to select what sort of information you want to be included in the notification e-mail message.

    d. If you do not want to receive notification unless an error and/or warning is written to the log, select Send notification upon errors or warnings only.

  4. When finished, click OK.

To set up the e-mail notification settings
  1. In the console tree, click Recovery Manager for Active Directory, and then click Settings on the Action menu.

  2. In the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Settings dialog box, open the E-mail tab.

  3. On the E-mail tab, specify the following settings:

    • SMTP server. Specifies the SMTP server for outgoing messages.

    • SMTP port. Specifies the port number to connect to on your outgoing mail (SMTP) server.

    • “From” address. Specifies the return address for your e-mail notification messages. It is recommended to use the e-mail address of the Recovery Manager for Active Directory administrator.

    • SMTP server requires authentication. When selected, specifies that you must log on to your outgoing mail (SMTP) server.

    • User. Specifies the account name used to log on to the SMTP server.

    • Password. Specifies the user password.

  4. When finished, click OK.

Before you start using the e-mail notification, it is recommended that you verify the specified settings. To do so, in the “From” address text box specify an e-mail address and click the Test Settings button that sends a test notification message to the address set.


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