You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory to automatically install the Backup Agent on each computer (domain controller and AD LDS (ADAM) host) added to a particular Computer Collection. After you do so, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will automatically install the Backup Agent before backing up a computer where the agent is not preinstalled. When the backup operation completes, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will remove the automatically installed Backup Agent.
If the Backup Agent is already preinstalled on the target computer to be backed up, Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not automatically deploy the agent and uses the preinstalled agent instead.
In order Recovery Manager for Active Directory could automatically install the Backup Agent, the user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory accesses the target Computer Collection must have specific permissions. For more information, see Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
NOTE: Check that the Administrative Share Admin$ exists and is accessible on the target domain controller to perform the remote agent installation.
To install the Backup Agent automatically
For more information about this check box, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.
You can use the Recovery Manager Console to manually preinstall Backup Agent on the computers added to a particular Computer Collection. Alternatively, you can perform a silent installation of the agent.
To preinstall Backup Agent on all computers in a Computer Collection
To selectively preinstall Backup Agent on computers in a Computer Collection
To perform a silent installation of Backup Agent
<TargetCompName> refers to the target computer network name.
<PortNumber> refers to the TCP port number you want Recovery Manager for Active Directory to use to connect to Backup Agent.
By default, the silent installation uses a local system account. To install Backup Agent on a remote DC, this account must have sufficient permissions to access that DC.
msiexec /i "\\MyDC\temp\backupagent.msi" ERDPORT=3355 /qn
By default, Recovery Manager for Active Directory uses the TCP port 3843 to connect to Backup Agent. If you have specified some other port number, perform the following steps:
If you have installed Microsoft Windows Firewall, the specified TCP port must be opened. You have to specify the same port number for all target DCs to be backed up.
You can use the Recovery Manager Console to discover all Backup Agent instances that were manually preinstalled on computers in existing Computer Collections. After the discover operation completes, you can view and manage the discovered Backup Agent instances by using the Backup Agent Management node in the Recovery Manager Console.
A Backup Agent instance is automatically discovered and added to the Backup Agent Management node only when you use that node to preinstall the agent.
When you preinstall a Backup Agent instance by using any other methods (for example, a silent installation), to display that agent instance in the Backup Agent Management node, you have to run the discover Backup Agent operation.
To discover all preinstalled instances of Backup Agent
When the agent discovery operation completes, all discovered instances of Backup Agent are displayed in the Backup Agent Management node.
You can update information displayed for a particular preinstalled Backup Agent instance in the Backup Agent Management node. When you run the update operation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory checks the version and status of the target Backup Agent instance, and then updates that information in the Backup Agent Management node.
You can only update information for already discovered Backup Agent instances. For instructions on how to discover Backup Agent, see Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent.
To update information for a particular Backup Agent instance
To update information for all discovered Backup Agent instances