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Recovery Manager for AD Forest Edition 10.3 - 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 Hybrid Recovery with On Demand Recovery 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
Using Management Shell Creating virtual test environments 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

Backup for Comparison

Use this page to select a backup to compare with the previously selected one. This window appears after you select the Compare two backups and report the differences option in the Wizard Operation Mode window.

  • Registered backups. Provides a list of registered AD LDS (ADAM) backups for the selected AD LDS (ADAM) instance. In the list, each entry includes the following fields:

    • Backup Age. Indicates how old the backup is. Active Directory® does not allow using a backup whose age exceeds the Active Directory® tombstone lifetime.

    • Created. Displays the date when the backup was created.

    • Media. Displays the path and name of the backup file.

  • Register. To register additional backups, click Register, and then click one from the following items:

    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf).

    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.

    • Register Offline AD LDS (ADAM) Database. Registers AD LDS (ADAM) database (adamntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

Only backups of the same AD LDS (ADAM) instance can be compared. The first of the selected backups must be older than the second one.

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Unpacked Backups Folder Selection

Use this page to optionally change the folder where Recovery Manager for Active Directory will unpack the selected backup. The Path to store unpacked backups box displays the path to the folder currently used to keep unpacked backups. Each unpacked backup will be saved in a separate subfolder of that folder. To leave that path unchanged, click Next. To specify other path, type the path to a new folder or click Browse to select it. When finished, click Next. Your changes will not affect the default settings for unpacked backups.

NOTE: If the selected backup has previously been unpacked, then this page will not be display during the restore steps.

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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.

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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.

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