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Recovery Manager for AD Disaster Recovery Edition 10.0.1 - User Guide

Overview Backing up data
Permissions required for the Backup operation Managing Backup Agent Using a least-privileged user account to back up data Creating backups 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 Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console Icons in the user interface Getting and using help Configuring Windows Firewall Using Computer Collections Managing Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration Licensing
Restoring data
Getting started with Active Directory recovery Managing deleted or recycled objects Restoring backed up System State components 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
Fault tolerance Consolidating backup registration data Monitoring Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovering an Active Directory forest
Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console Forest Recovery Console Managing a recovery project Install Active Directory from Media recovery method Install Active Directory recovery method Managing Forest Recovery Agent Rebooting domain controllers manually Specifying fallback IP addresses to access a domain controller Resetting DSRM Administrator Password Purging Kerberos Tickets Managing the Global Catalog servers Managing FSMO roles Manage DNS Client Settings Configuring Windows Firewall Forest recovery overview 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
Bare metal forest recovery Using Management Shell Creating virtual test environments Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory web interface Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery Best practices for recovering a forest Descriptions of recovery or verification steps 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

The Online Restore Wizard helps you recover Active Directory objects deleted or modified since the backup. With this wizard you can selectively restore individual directory objects and object attributes from an Active Directory backup, compare a backup with Active Directory, compare two backups taken from the same domain controller. The wizard has the following steps:

Wizard Operation Mode

Use this page to choose whether to perform a restore along with reporting changes or only compare two Active Directory backups taken from the same domain controller.

  • Compare, restore, and report changes in Active Directory. With this option, the wizard performs per-attribute comparison of selected objects between a backup and Active Directory, and allows you to proceed to the object restore.
  • Compare two backups and report the differences. With this option, the wizard performs per-attribute comparison of selected objects between two Active Directory backups taken from the same domain controller.

Domain Selection

Use this page to view a list of domains for which Active Directory backups are available in Recovery Manager for Active Directory and select the domain where you want the wizard to restore Active Directory objects.

  • Domains. Displays a list of domains for which Active Directory backups are available in Recovery Manager for Active Directory. From the list, select the domain where you want the wizard to restore Active Directory objects, and then click Next. In the next step, the wizard lists available backups of domain controllers for that domain.
  • Register. The Domains list only includes the domains for which Active Directory backups are registered in the backups registration database. To perform a restore to another domain, click Register, and then click one of the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf) or BMR backup file (.vhd, .vhdx).
    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
    • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

Backup Selection

Use this page to view a list of Active Directory backups that are registered in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database for the selected domain, if any, and select a backup.

  • Registered backups. Lists registered Active Directory backups for the selected domain, if any. From this list, select the backup you want the wizard to use, and then click Next. In the list, each entry includes the following fields:
    • Backup Age. Indicates how old the backup is. Active Directory does not allow using a backup whose age exceeds the Active Directory tombstone lifetime (default is 180 days).
    • Created. Displays the date when the backup was created.
    • DC. Displays the computer name of the domain controller; the backup contains directory object data retrieved from that domain controller.
  • Media. Displays the path and name of the backup file.

The list only includes the backups that are registered in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database. Recovery Manager for Active Directory allows you to use backups created by applications that store backups in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF), such as Windows Backup or Veritas Backup Exec. To use a backup of this kind, click Register.

  • Register. To register additional backups, click Register, and then click one of the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf) or BMR backup file (.vhd, .vhdx).
    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
    • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.
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