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Recovery Manager for AD 10.2.2 - 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 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 Using Management Shell Collecting diagnostic data for technical support Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for using Computer Collections Best practices for creating backups Ports Used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Backup Wizard Online Restore Wizard Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM) Group Policy Restore Wizard Repair Wizard Extract Wizard Technical characteristics Events generated by Recovery Manager for Active Directory

Technical characteristics

This section provides some technical characteristics of the product.


Typical sizes of databases

Configuration database files

Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs the following database files (.mdb):

  • Rmad.db3. RMAD configuration database. It contains information on the console configuration, such as the managed Computer Collections, backup creation sessions, etc.

  • Backups.mdb. RMAD backup registration database. It contains information on the registered Active Directory and AD LDS (ADAM) backups.

As a rule, the file size for .mdb files does not exceed 10MB.


The database files are stored in the folder %AllUsersProfile%\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory.


Reports database files

The Online Restore Wizard provides comparison and restore reports based on per-attribute comparisons of directory objects selected from a backup, with their counterparts in Active Directory® or another backup.

RMAD incorporates Microsoft SQL® Reporting Services (SRS). Microsoft SRS is the new reporting standard, replacing the XML-based comparison and restore reports offered by previous versions. For more information, refer to the User Guide supplied with this release of RMAD.

The size of the reports database file depends on the following parameters:

  • Number of the directory objects the Online Restore Wizard has processed.

  • Number of the processed attributes.

  • Type of the processed attributes.

  • Number of the available Online Restore Wizard sessions. Note that the information on all sessions is stored in a single reports database file.

To estimate the reports database file size, use the following empiric formula:

6 x <Number of processed objects> / 1000 [MB]

For example, if the Online Restore Wizard has processed 3,000 objects, the reports database file size will be approximately 18MB.


Typical backup creation times

The backup creation time depends on the Active Directory database size (NTDS.dit file) and the compression method Backup Agent uses when processing NTDS.dit. You can specify the compression method on the Performance tab in the Computer Collection Properties dialog box. For more information, refer to the User Guide supplied with this release of RMAD.

The following table illustrates the typical backup creation times for different compression methods. This table has been obtained for the following configuration:

  • The NTDS.dit file size: 3.14GB

  • The RMAD computer hardware: CPU 2x Intel® Xeon® 2.8 Hz; RAM 1GB

Compression method Backup file size Backup creation time (min:sec)
None 3.17GB 09:07
Fast 1.27GB 07:35
Normal 1.22GB 08:27
Maximum 1.2GB 17:54


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