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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

Manual method

Create the following firewall rules to allow traffic on ports used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

For Backup Agent:

  • In case of preinstalled Backup Agent, specify the following installation files instead of <backup agent> in the Program path parameter (Rule 3):
    • For Windows Server 2008 and above: BackupAgent64.exe for 64-bit systems or BackupAgent.exe for 32-bit systems
  • In case of automatic Backup Agent installation, specify ErdAgent.exe instead of <backup agent> in the Program path parameter (Rule 3).
  • If the specific Backup Agent port is used, you need to configure Rule 1, and Rule 3. Specify <specific TCP port> for Backup Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 3).
  • If RPC dynamic port range is used for Backup Agent, configure Rule 1, Rule 2 and Rule 3. Specify <RPC dynamic port range> for Backup Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 3).

For Online Restore Agent:

  • Specify OnlineRestoreAdapter.exe in the Program path parameter (Rule 4).
  • If the specific Online Restore Agent port is used, you need to configure Rule 1, and Rule 4. Specify <specific TCP port> for Online Restore Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 4).
  • If RPC dynamic port range is used for Online Restore Agent , configure Rule 1, Rule 2 and Rule 4. Specify <RPC dynamic port range> for Online Restore Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 4).

For Offline Restore Agent:

  • Specify RstAgent.exe in the Program path parameter (Rule 5).
  • If the specific Offline Restore Agent port is used, you need to configure Rule 1, and Rule 5. Specify <specific TCP port> for Offline Restore Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 5).
  • If RPC dynamic port range is used for Offline Restore Agent , configure Rule 1, Rule 2 and Rule 5. Specify <RPC dynamic port range> for Offline Restore Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 5).

For Management Agent:

  • Specify the ManagementAgent.exe in the Program path parameter (Rule 6).
  • If the specific Backup Agent port is used, you need to configure Rule 1, and Rule 6. Specify <specific TCP port> for Management Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 6).
  • If RPC dynamic port range is used for Management Agent, configure Rule 1, Rule 2 and Rule 6. Specify <RPC dynamic port range> for Management Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 6).

For Forest Recovery Agent:

  • Specify FRRestoreService64.exe for 64-bit systems or FRRestoreService.exe for 32-bit systems instead of <forest recovery agent> in the Program path parameter (Rule 7).
  • If the specific Backup Agent port is used, you need to configure Rule 1, and Rule 7. Specify <specific TCP port> for Forest Recovery Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 7).
  • If RPC dynamic port range is used for Forest Recovery Agent, configure Rule 1, Rule 2 and Rule 7. Specify <RPC dynamic port range> for Forest Recovery Agent in the Local ports parameter (Rule 7).

Rule 1 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: System
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: 445
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule.

Rule 2 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %SystemRoot%\System32\Svchost.exe
  • Service settings: Remote Procedure Call (RpcSs)
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: RPC Endpoint Mapper
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule.

Rule 3 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %SystemRoot%\RecoveryManagerAD\<backup agent>

  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: RPC dynamic port range / specific port for Backup Agent
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule

Rule 4 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %systemroot%\RecoveryManagerAD\OnlineRestoreAdapter.exe
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local port: RPC dynamic port range / specific port for Online Restore Agent
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule

Rule 5 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %systemroot%\RecoveryManagerAD\<offline restore agent>
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local port: RPC dynamic port range / specific port for Offline Restore Agent
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule

Rule 6 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %systemroot%\RecoveryManagerAD\ManagementAgent.exe
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local port: RPC dynamic port range / specific port for Management Agent
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule

Rule 7 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %ProgramFiles%\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition\<forest recovery agent>
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local port: RPC dynamic port range / specific port for Forest Recovery Agent
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Leave default values for all other settings of this firewall rule

For more information on RPC dynamic port range, refer to the following Microsoft Support Knowledge Base articles at http://support.microsoft.com:

Automatic method

Before following the below instructions, make sure that Windows Firewall enabled on the target computer does not block any ports used by the Recovery Manager Console: these ports are required to deploy Backup Agent, Online Restore Agent, Offline Restore Agent, Forest Recovery Agent and Management Agent. For more information about the Recovery Manager Console ports, see the Deployment Guide.

Use the following options to automatically configure Windows Firewall settings:

  • To automatically configure Windows Firewall for Backup Agent, Online Restore Agent, Offline Restore Agent and Management Agent, use the Recovery Manager Console settings. For more details, see the Ports tab section here.
  • To automatically configure Windows Firewall for Forest Recovery Agent and Management Agent, use the Agents tab in the Recovery Project Settings dialog in Forest Recovery Console. For more details, see the Specifying recovery project settings section.
  • You can automatically configure Windows Firewall settings for Backup Agent using the Computer Collection properties in Recovery Manager Console:
    1. Open the Recovery Manager Console, expand the Computer Collections node in the console tree, and select the Computer Collection that includes the target computers where you want to automatically configure Windows Firewall.
    2. From the main menu, select Action | Properties.
    3. In the dialog box that opens, go to the Agent Settings tab.
    4. Make sure the Use preinstalled Backup Agent check box is cleared. This is required to automatically deploy Backup Agent when the backup creation operation starts. You cannot configure Windows Firewall by using preinstalled Backup Agent.
    5. Select the Automatically configure Windows Firewall check box, and click OK
      Recovery Manager for Active Directory automatically configures Windows Firewall on each Windows Server 2008-based or later computer in the Computer Collection after the backup creation operation starts on that Collection.
  • To automatically configure Windows Firewall settings for Online Restore Agent, you should select the Automatically configure Windows Firewall option on the Domain Access Options step of Online Restore Wizard.

Using Computer Collections

A Computer Collection is a group of shortcuts to the computers (domain controllers and/or AD LDS (ADAM) hosts) to be backed up with Recovery Manager for Active Directory. You can have multiple Computer Collections, each representing a group of computers you want to back up. You can populate a Computer Collection with shortcuts to specific computers available on your network and containers (for example, Active Directory domains, sites, and organizational units) that include the computers you want to back up.

Each Computer Collection has its individual properties you can use to configure such settings as backup location, backup creation schedule, performance, and backup operation logging. For more information about Computer Collection properties, see Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

Computer Collections help you organize any number of computers into groups with the appropriate settings for backup creation and scheduling. A well-organized set of Computer Collections ensures that up-to-date copy of the backup information is maintained for remote computers. Therefore, it is recommended to group managed computers into Computer Collections and set appropriate properties for every Computer Collection.

This section covers the following tasks:

Creating Computer Collections

To create a Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collections node.
  2. From the main menu, select Action | Create Collection.

The properties of a newly created Computer Collection are preset with default values. You can change the property values for a Computer Collection, as well as the default property values. For more information, see Modifying Computer Collection properties.

The Backup Wizard creates a new Computer Collection if you select the option Later (configure backup scheduling) on the When to Back Up page of the wizard. The new Computer Collection includes all objects you selected on the What to Back Up page.

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