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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

Renaming Computer Collections

Recovery Manager for Active Directory assigns a default name to a newly created Computer Collection. You can rename a Computer Collection to assign it a more descriptive name.

To rename a Computer Collection

  1. Right-click the Computer Collection and then click Rename.
  2. Type a new name for the Computer Collection and then press ENTER.

When renaming a Computer Collection for which a backup creation task is scheduled, you may be prompted to supply the user name and password of the account under which you want to run the scheduled backup creation operation. This is because Task Scheduler may need to re-create the backup creation task when a Computer Collection is renamed. When creating a scheduled task, Task Scheduler requires that you supply the user name and password of the user account under which the task will run. For more information, see Setting user account for scheduled tasks.

Modifying Computer Collection properties

To modify properties for a Computer Collection

  • In the console tree, right-click the Computer Collection, and then click Properties.

The Properties dialog box opens, allowing you to specify what to back up, where to store backups, and what kind of logging to use. In addition, the Properties dialog box allows you to manage the backup creation schedule for the Collection and specify the user account under which the scheduled backup creation operation will run.

All settings specified in the Properties dialog box for a Computer Collection only relate to that Computer Collection. Different Computer Collections may have different properties.

For more information about Computer Collection properties, see Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

Deleting Computer Collections

To delete a Computer Collection

  • In the console tree, right-click the Computer Collection you want to delete, and then click Delete.

This only deletes the Computer Collection you selected along with the computer and container shortcuts it includes and the backup creation tasks scheduled for that Computer Collection. The containers, domain controllers, and AD LDS (ADAM) hosts whose shortcuts were added to the Computer Collection are not deleted. Deleting a Computer Collection does not delete the backups that were created for that Collection.

Specifying an access account for Backup Agent and backup storage

For each Computer Collection (applicable to all domain controllers within a collection), you can specify a user account that will be used to access the following:

  • Backup Agent that is manually or automatically installed on domain controllers in the Computer Collection.
    The account is used for the following operations:
    • backup creation
    • discover Backup Agent instances or update Backup Agent information
    • install, upgrade or uninstall Backup Agent instances
  • Locations on target domain controllers or UNC shares where backup files created for the Computer Collection are to be saved. For more information on how to specify these locations, see DC Storage tab section in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

These credentials are also used to connect to Active Directory in the following cases:

  • Unpack backups
  • Show or refresh the content of collections that contain containers
  • Operate on collections that contain container-items
    For example: modifying an exclusion list for a container; installing the Backup Agent from a collection menu, collecting diagnostic data, etc.

To specify an access account

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collection for which you want to specify an access account.
  2. From the main menu, select Action | Properties.
  3. On the Agent Settings tab, select the Use the following account to access Backup Agent check box.
  4. Click Select Account, and specify the user name and password of the account with which you want to access Backup Agent, backup storages, and global catalog servers.
  5. When finished, click OK.

You can also specify a separate account that will be used to access the backup storage on the DC Storage tab.

If no access account is specified on the Agent Settings tab and no scheduled tasks exist for the Computer Collection, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use the account under which the Recovery Manager Console is currently running.

If no access account is specified and a backup creation task is scheduled for the Computer Collection, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use the account under which the scheduled task is run. You can view and change this account on the Schedule tab in the Properties dialog box for a Computer Collection. For more information, see Schedule tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

Note: The scheduled task account is not used to access the DC Storage from the agent side. The agent uses a local system account on a domain controller for this operation.

For additional information about the account requirements, please refer Permissions required for the Backup operation.

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