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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

Step 1: Connect to AD LDS (ADAM)

  1. Right-click the Active Directory node in the Recovery Manager Console tree and select Connect to AD LDS (ADAM).

  2. Use the dialog box that opens to specify parameters for connecting to AD LDS (ADAM) you want to back up.

  3. When finished, click OK.


Step 2: Add AD LDS (ADAM) instances to Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Active Directory node, then expand the AD LDS (ADAM) Configuration Set node, and select one of the following nodes:

    • All Instances. If you want to schedule backup creation for one or more AD LDS (ADAM) instances.

    • Sites. If you want to schedule backup creation for all AD LDS (ADAM) instances in one or more sites.

  2. In the right pane, select AD LDS (ADAM) instances or sites.

    These are the AD LDS (ADAM) instances you want to back up or the sites where you want to back up all AD LDS (ADAM) instances. You can select multiple instances or sites by holding down CTRL and clicking the instances or sites you want to select.

  3. On the main menu, select Action | Add to Collection and specify the Computer Collection to which you want to add the AD LDS (ADAM) instances. When finished, click OK.

You can also add specific AD LDS (ADAM) hosts you want to back up to a Computer Collection. For instructions, see Adding AD LDS (ADAM) hosts and instances to a Computer Collection.


Step 3: Create or modify backup creation schedule

If necessary, create or modify backup creation schedule for the Computer Collection to which you have just added the AD LDS (ADAM) instances. For more information, see Scheduling backup creation subsection in Task scheduler overview.


Backing up cross-domain group membership

When backing up Active Directory® on a Global Catalog server, Recovery Manager for Active Directory (RMAD) enables the backup to include the object’s membership in all groups, including those groups that reside in domains outside the object’s home domain.

This option is part of the backup creation settings. You can find it on the Advanced tab in the Properties dialog box for a Computer Collection. The option only takes effect when backing up Global Catalog servers.

If this option is not selected, group membership spanning multiple domains is not fully backed up, because even Global Catalog servers do not store full information about group memberships. For example, information about membership in domain local groups is only stored in the home domains of those groups.

To ensure that cross-domain group membership information is backed up
  1. Do one of the following:

    • When creating backups for a Computer Collection, right-click the Computer Collection, and then click Properties.

    • When creating backups using the Backup Wizard, click the Advanced button on the Completing the Backup Wizard page of the wizard.

  2. In the Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.

  3. On the Advanced tab, make sure the When backing up Global Catalog servers, collect group membership information from all domains within the Active Directory forest check box is selected.

Using a Global Catalog backup created with this option ensures the complete restoration of object group memberships in all domains within the forest.

However, this option causes RMAD to retrieve data from all domains within the forest, and therefore may slow down the backup creation in case of a big number of domains or slow network connections.


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