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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

Recovery Manager Console

Recovery Manager for Active Directory includes an MMC snap-in (also known as the Recovery Manager Console) to ensure intuitive operation and close integration with the Windows operating system.

Note: Machine that hosts the Recovery Manager Console must have same or higher version of Windows operating system than the processed domain controllers. Otherwise, the online compare and object search in a backup during the online restore operation may fail.

To start the Recovery Manager Console

  • Complete the steps related to your version of Windows

Table 4: Steps to start Recovery Manager Console

Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2
A later version of Windows
  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs | Quest | Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.
  3. Click Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
  • On the Start screen, click the Recovery Manager for Active Directory tile.
  • When started for the first time, the Recovery Manager Console looks similar to the following:

    The main viewing area of the window is divided into two panes. The left pane contains the console tree, showing the items that are available in the snap-in. The right pane, known as the details pane, is used to display information about those items. The window also contains command menus and toolbars that are provided by both the MMC and the snap-in.

    The information in the details pane changes accordingly when you select items in the console tree. To perform management tasks, you can click or right-click entries in the details pane and then use commands on the Action menu or shortcut menu.

    You can move objects by selecting them in a source folder and then dragging the selection to a destination folder. If the drop operation is not allowed, the mouse pointer changes accordingly.

    For more information about how to navigate an MMC snap-in, refer to Microsoft Management Console Help.

    The console tree includes the following items:

    • Replication Using this node you can add multiple console instances to the replication console list and perform the data replication from source consoles to the local one. For more information, see Fault Tolerance and Backup consolidation.
    • Backup Agent Management. Provides a central location for managing Backup Agent on computers added to Computer Collections. You can use this node to discover all preinstalled instances of Backup Agent and to manually install, uninstall, or update the agent on computers in Computer Collections (such as domain controllers and AD LDS (ADAM) hosts). For more information, see Managing Backup Agent.
    • Computer Collections. Contains a list of user-defined collections of computers. When you select a collection in the console tree, the details pane displays a list of all members of that collection. For more information, see Using Computer Collections.
    • Active Directory. Contains nodes representing the forests and AD LDS (ADAM) configuration sets to which the Recovery Manager Console is currently connected. You can browse forests and AD LDS (ADAM) configuration sets for computers and AD LDS (ADAM) instances, respectively.
    • To add a forest to the list, select Active Directory, and then, on the Action menu, click Connect to Forest.
    • To add an AD LDS (ADAM) configuration set to the list, select Active Directory, and then, on the Action menu, click Connect to AD LDS (ADAM).
    • Sessions. Contains a list of all backup-creation sessions performed by Recovery Manager for Active Directory. When you select a session in the console tree, the details pane reports information about that session, such as whether backups were successfully created during the session.
    • Backups. Contains a list of the Active Directory backups, AD LDS (ADAM) backups and BMR backups registered in the backup registration database of Recovery Manager for Active Directory. When you select Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) under the Backups node, the details pane displays a list of all registered AD backups or AD LDS (ADAM) backups respectively.

    You can use the Properties dialog box provided for the Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) node, to filter the list of backups displayed in the details pane.

    The Recovery Manager for Active Directory snap-in adds the following buttons to the MMC toolbar:

    Table 5: Button descriptions

    Button Description
    Starts the Backup Wizard. You can back up System State of the selected computers.

    Starts a backup creation for the Computer Collection selected in the console tree. Recovery Manager for Active Directory creates backups for computers that belong to the collection, without starting the Backup Wizard.

    Starts a backup creation for members of the Computer Collection selected in the details pane.

    Starts the Online Restore Wizard. You can recover and compare individual objects and object attributes in Active Directory.
    Starts the Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM). You can recover and compare individual objects and object attributes in AD LDS (ADAM).
    Starts the Group Policy Restore Wizard. You can selectively recover Group Policy information using backups of domain controllers’ System State.
    Starts the Repair Wizard. You can restore the previously backed up System State of an Active Directory domain controller.
    Starts the Extract Wizard. You can restore previously backed up System State files to an alternate location.
    Shows all explicit objects added to the Computer Collection selected in the console tree.
    Shows only computers to be backed up while backing up the Computer Collection selected in the console tree.

    Icons in the user interface

    In the Recovery Manager for Active Directory user interface, you may encounter the following icons:

    Table 6: Icons in the user interface

    Icon Description
    Indicates that the backup is not unpacked.
    Indicates that the backup is unpacked.
    Indicates that the Active Directory backup is not unpacked.
    Indicates that the Active Directory backup is unpacked.
    Indicates that the AD LDS (ADAM) backup is not unpacked.
    Indicates that the AD LDS (ADAM) backup is unpacked.

    Getting and using help

    Help topics and tips provided with Recovery Manager for Active Directory help you accomplish your tasks. To get assistance while you work:

    • On the Help menu, click Help Topics. This displays the Help Viewer. To find a Help topic, use the Contents and Search tabs of the Help Viewer.
    • To see a brief description of a wizard page or a dialog box, press the F1 key or click the Help button.
    • To see a brief description of a menu command or a toolbar button, point to the command or button. Descriptions of toolbar buttons appear as tool-tips.

    Descriptions of menu commands appear in the status bar at the bottom of the window. If the status bar is not displayed, click Customize on the View menu, and then select the Status bar check box in the Customize View dialog box.

    Configuring Windows Firewall

    A firewall enabled in your environment may block traffic on ports used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory, preventing you from backing up or restoring data. Before you start using Recovery Manager for Active Directory, make sure your firewall does not block traffic on ports used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory. For more information about these ports, see the Deployment Guide supplied with this release.

    This section provides instructions on how to configure built-in Windows Firewall on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or later (domain controller or AD LDS (ADAM) host), so that Recovery Manager for Active Directory could back up data on that computer.

    The section covers the following methods:

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