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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

Online Restore Wizard overview

The wizard offers two options:


Compare, restore, and report changes in Active Directory

You can restore selected objects in Active Directory® based on the data retrieved from an Active Directory® backup. Select a backup from the list on the Backup Selection page, or click Register to register additional backups.


For Online Restore Wizard, Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports DC backups even if a DC, where the backups have been done, has been removed from the domain or renamed. The exception is the old computer object, or any other object directly or indirectly linked to the old computer object. For instance, if a user upgrades the operating system on a DC, renames it, and wants to use the old backup collected before changes in the environment were made - this scenario is not supported.

On the Domain Access Options page, you have the option to access the target domain controller using either LDAP functions only (agentless method) or Restore Agent. For the agentless method, you can select a target domain controller for the restore operation. The Domain Access Options page also allows you to specify the account under which you want the wizard to access the target domain controller.

On the Objects to Be Processed page, you can select objects by searching the backup, browsing the backup tree, or importing the file containing a list of objects’ distinguished names. For the selected objects, on the Processing Options page you can specify whether to process their child objects. Also you can select attributes to be processed, or to process all attributes.

Then, the wizard offers to create comparison reports or perform a restore skipping the comparison. If you choose to perform a comparison, the wizard creates comparison reports. Then you can either proceed to restore or quit without restoring data.

If you choose to skip the comparison, the wizard performs a restore right away. The wizard processes all objects you have selected but skips the restoration of unchanged objects.


Compare two backups and report the differences

You can compare objects selected in one backup with their counterparts in another backup. Only backups of the same domain controller can be compared, and the first of the selected backups must be older than the second one. After unpacking the backups, the wizard allows you to select objects from the first backup and perform a comparison as if the second backup were “live” Active Directory®.



You can use an advanced suite of ready-to-use, professionally laid-out reports for the Online Restore Wizard powered by Quest Reports Viewer or by Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Designed to assist administrators with Active Directory® change tracking and troubleshooting, these reports are based on data the wizard prepares during a compare operation. This feature requires that you have Microsoft SQL Server® installed in your environment. For a list of SQL Server® versions supported by Recovery Manager for Active Directory, see the Release Notes supplied with this release of the product.

Reports on a compare operation (comparison reports) allow you to see which properties of the objects being processed would change during a restore, examine the changes in detail, and decide whether to perform the restore, applying the changes.

After the wizard restores the selected objects, it creates a report to show which attributes of the restored objects have been modified by the wizard. The wizard affects an object’s attribute value only if the value in Active Directory® differs from that in the backup.

To view a comparison or restore operation report, click View Report on the Operation Results page of the wizard.


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