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Active Administrator 8.4 - Installation Guide

Installation Considerations for Active Administrator Installing and configuring Active Administrator

Configuring group policy history

You can set how often selected domain controllers are polled for Group Policy Object (GPO) changes. The polling interval is set to 60 seconds by default. We recommend a polling interval of 60 seconds as this gives administrators enough time to make a few changes to the GPO without creating new versions for every change.

To add additional domains, click Add Domain, select a domain from the list, and click OK.

Configuring Active Directory backups

Configuring Active Directory backups

Administrators can select a domain that contains Windows Server® 2012 (or later) domain controllers and back up Active Directory® user and group objects in that domain. When a situation occurs that requires a user or group object to be restored, administrators can select the object from a list and restore either the object with all the attributes it possessed when it was backed up, or only attributes the administrator selects. In the case of an organizational unit object, administrators have the option of either restoring all objects it contains or all objects it contains of a particular type.

IMPORTANT: Active Administrator® restores only selected user, group, and organizational unit (OU) objects, and their attributes from the backup file. If you require a backup file that restores Active Directory in its entirety, we recommend that you use an Active Directory disaster recovery product.

The Active Administrator AD Object Backup Service backs up the listed domains based on the settings in the Run backup boxes. If you are using Windows Server 2012 or later, Yes displays in the Supports Password Recovery column.

By default, an Active Directory backup creates temporary files during processing and stores the backup files when the backup is complete under the folder C:\ActiveAdministrator\ADBackups\DOMAIN_domainname (where domainname is the fully qualified name of the domain being backed up). You can specify the folder where the temporary files are processed and where the backup files are stored.

NOTE: After you complete the configuration wizard, you can use the Active Administrator Console to manage Active Directory backups by selecting Configuration | Recovery Settings. See Setting recovery options in the Quest® Active Administrator® User Guide.
Click Add Domain.
In the Domain box, type a domain name, or browse to locate a domain.
Click Password Recovery.
Click Yes.
Select to run the backup Every Day, Twice a Day, or Weekly in the Run backup box.
Select the Override the default temporary folder check box.
Select the Override AD Backup share path check box.

Configuring Active Administrator users

Active Administrator® users have unrestricted access to the Active Administrator Console. By default, the user installing and running the configuration wizard is automatically considered an Active Administrator user.

After you complete the configuration wizard, you can use the Active Administrator Console to manage users by selecting Configuration | Role Based Access.

To add additional users, click Add, find and select users, click OK.

Configuring service accounts

The Domain Administrator account provides the necessary permissions for the Active Administrator® foundation and notification services to operate properly.

NOTE: After you complete the configuration wizard, use the AA Server Manager to manage service account logons. See Managing the Active Directory server in the Quest® Active Administrator® User Guide.
Click Next.
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