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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

Backup scheduling

In Recovery Manager for Active Directory, a backup for a computer or a collection of computers can be created manually, or the creation of backups can be scheduled to occur at a specific time in the future. Backups can be stored in any appropriate location on your network.

Task scheduler overview

When scheduling backup creation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs Task Scheduler, which is an integral part of the operating system. You can access the Task Scheduler GUI by clicking Scheduled Tasks in Control Panel. The Scheduled Tasks dialog box displays all tasks scheduled to run on your computer.

Each scheduled task runs under a certain user account. Therefore, you must supply the user logon name and password of a user account when creating a scheduled task. When performing the scheduled backup job, Recovery Manager for Active Directory runs as if that user started it.

The user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory is running when creating backups must

  • Belong to the Administrators local group on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
  • Belong to the Administrators local group on each computer to be backed up (serviced computer).

When scheduling a backup job, you should ensure that the account whose credentials you are supplying meets the above requirements. If there are no trust relationships established between the domains where the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer and the serviced computer reside, then no account can satisfy both of the above requirements. To resolve this problem, you can specify a different account to access the serviced computer.

In the “no trust” situation, when scheduling a backup job, you should use an account that meets the first of the above requirements, and configure advanced backup options so that a different account is used for access to the serviced computers, satisfying the second requirement.

Scheduling backup creation

With Recovery Manager for Active Directory, you can schedule a backup creation job to run at specific times, either once or at recurring intervals. Only backup jobs for Computer Collections can be scheduled. You can schedule a backup job by modifying properties of an existing Computer Collection or you can use the Backup Wizard to schedule a backup job. When you use the Backup Wizard for backup scheduling, the wizard creates a new Computer Collection, and schedules a backup job for that Computer Collection.

To schedule backup creation for a Computer Collection

  1. Right-click a Computer Collection and then click Properties.
  2. On the Schedule tab, click Modify.
  3. In the Triggers dialog, click New and then specify the task schedule settings and click OK.
  4. On the Schedule tab, click Select Account and enter the user logon name and password of the account under which you want to run the scheduled task.

When you schedule backup creation, a new scheduled task is created and assigned to the Computer Collection.

To schedule backup creation with the Backup Wizard

  1. Start the Backup Wizard and follow the provided instructions.
  2. On the When to Back Up page, click Later (configure backup scheduling), and then click the upper button labeled Change.
  3. In the Triggers dialog box, click New and then specify the task schedule settings and click OK.
  4. In the When to Back Up window, click the lower button labeled Change and enter the user logon name and password of the account under which you want to run the scheduled task.
  5. Click Next and follow instructions of the wizard to complete the operation.

When you schedule backup creation with the Backup Wizard, a new Computer Collection is automatically created for the computers you have selected in the wizard, and a new scheduled task is assigned to that Computer Collection. Later, you can change, add, or remove backup schedules for that Computer Collection.

You can temporarily disable the backup creation task scheduled for a particular Computer Collection, without affecting the other collections. To do so, on the Schedule tab in the Properties dialog box for that Computer Collection, clear the Schedule enabled check box.

Managing backup schedule

You can manage backup schedule by modifying Computer Collection properties:

  1. Right-click a Computer Collection and then click Properties.
  2. On the Schedule tab, click Modify.
  3. Use the Triggers dialog box to add, remove, or change existing schedules.
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