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Recovery Manager for AD Forest Edition 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 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

What data to back up?

All of the domain controller backups that you plan to use for forest recovery include the following Active Directory® components:

  • DIT Database


  • Registry, including all registry hives and the NTUSER.DAT file

On the Advanced tab in the Properties dialog box for the computer collection, the When backing up Global Catalog servers, collect group membership information from all domains within the Active Directory forest option is selected by default. However, if the backup creation operation takes a significant time to complete, you may disable collecting group membership information from all domains within the forest.

To streamline the creation of Active Directory® backups, you can follow these best practices:

  • Avoid using groups with cross-domain membership in Active Directory® as much as possible. To reveal such groups, you can use an Active Directory® reporting tool such as Quest® Enterprise Reporter.

  • If you cannot avoid using groups with cross-domain membership, make sure you have a procedure in place to back up and restore these groups manually. For example, you can do so by using such command line tools as Ldifde or Csvde provided by Microsoft®.


Using data compression

For each computer collection you can specify the data compression method to be used in backup creation operations. To ensure both a reasonable backup time and a reasonable compressed backup size, it is recommended that you use either Fast or Normal compression method. For more information on how to specify a data compression method for a computer collection, see Performance tab.


Using unpacked backups

Recovery Manager for Active Directory can keep unpacked Active Directory® backups in the location you specify in order to reuse them for subsequent online restore operations. The use of unpacked backups helps to significantly accelerate the backup data preparation stage of an online restore operation.

Although the use of unpacked backups is helpful for online restores of individual Active Directory® objects, this approach is not recommended for forest recovery because in this case the entire Active Directory® database is unpacked on each domain controller you restore from backup, which can be a lengthy process.

It is recommended that you configure Recovery Manager to not unpack the Active Directory® backups you plan to use for forest recovery. For more information on how to do it, see Unpacked Backups tab.


Best practices for recovering a forest


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