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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

Compare, restore, and report changes in Active Directory

You can restore selected objects in Active Directory based on the data retrieved from an Active Directory backup. Select a backup from the list on the Backup Selection page, or click Register to register additional backups.

On the Domain Access Options page, you have the option to access the target domain controller using either LDAP functions only (agentless method, used by default) or Restore Agent. For the agentless method, you can select a target domain controller for the restore operation. The Domain Access Options page also allows you to specify the account under which you want the wizard to access the target domain controller.

On the Objects to Be Processed page, you can select objects by searching the backup, browsing the backup tree, or importing the file containing a list of objects’ distinguished names. For the selected objects, on the Processing Options page you can specify whether to process their child objects. Also you can select attributes to be processed, or to process all attributes.

Then, the wizard offers to create comparison reports or perform a restore skipping the comparison. If you choose to perform a comparison, the wizard creates comparison reports. Then you can either proceed to restore or quit without restoring data.

If you choose to skip the comparison, the wizard performs a restore right away. The wizard processes all objects you have selected but skips the restoration of unchanged objects.


Compare two backups and report the differences

You can compare objects selected in one backup with their counterparts in another backup. Only backups of thesame domain controller can be compared, and the first of the selected backups must be older than the secondone. After unpacking the backups, the wizard allows you to select objects from the first backup and perform acomparison as if the second backup were “live” Active Directory.


You can use an advanced suite of ready-to-use, professionally laid-out reports for the Online Restore Wizard powered by Quest Reports Viewer or by Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Designed to assist administrators with Active Directory change tracking and troubleshooting, these reports are based on data the wizard prepares during a compare operation. This feature requires that you have Microsoft SQL Server installed in your environment. For a list of SQL Server versions supported by Recovery Manager for Active Directory, see the Release Notes supplied with this release of the product.

Reports on a compare operation (comparison reports) allow you to see which properties of the objects being processed would change during a restore, examine the changes in detail, and decide whether to perform the restore, applying the changes.

After the wizard restores the selected objects, it creates a report to show which attributes of the restored objects have been modified by the wizard. The wizard affects an object’s attribute value only if the value in Active Directory differs from that in the backup.

To view a comparison or restore operation report, click View Report on the Operation Results page of the wizard.

Selecting objects in the Online Restore Wizard

The Online Restore Wizard offers several ways for selecting objects: you can browse the directory tree, search for objects by name, or use an import file that specifies the objects you want to select.

To select objects in the Online Restore Wizard

  1. Start the Online Restore Wizard and follow the instructions in the wizard.
  2. On the Objects to Be Processed page, click Add, and then complete the steps related to the action you want to perform:

Table 11: Searching, browsing for, or importing objects

To do this Complete these steps
Search for objects in the backup
  1. On the menu, click Find.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to search for object.
  3. Once your search completes, under Search results, select the check boxes next to the objects you want to add.
  4. Click OK.
Browse for and select an object
  1. On the menu, click Browse.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to browse for and select the object you want to add.
  3. Click OK.
Import objects from an import file
  1. On the menu, click Import.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to browse for and select the import file that specifies the objects you want to add.
  3. Click OK.

The import file must have the .txt format. You can specify one object per line in the import file. To specify an object in the file, use one of the following:

  • Distinguished name (DN)
  • sAMAccountName attribute value
  • User principal name (UPN)
  • Logon name

When preparing an import file, you must escape reserved characters by prefixing such characters with a backslash (\). The reserved characters that must be escaped include:

  • ; < > \ " + ,
  • space or # character at the beginning of a string
  • space character at the end of a string

Other reserved characters, such as the equals sign (=) or non- UTF-8 characters, must be encoded in hexadecimal by replacing the character with a backslash followed by two hex digits.

  1. To specify whether to process child objects, on the Processing Options page, under Child objects processing, select one of the following options:
    • Process no child objects. Processes only the objects you have selected
  • Process all child objects. Processes the objects you have selected along with all objects they contain
  • Process child objects of selected types. Processes the objects you have selected along with some objects they contain. You can use this option to restrict the operation scope by selecting object types. For example, you might want the wizard to process only user objects within the selected containers. Click Select Object Types and specify the types of child objects you want the wizard to process.
  1. Follow the instructions to complete the wizard.

The following are examples of some distinguished names that include escaped characters. The first example is an organizational unit name with an embedded comma; the second example is a value containing a carriage return.

CN=Litware,OU=Docs\, Adatum,DC=Company,DC=Com

CN=Before\0DAfter,OU=Test,DC=North America,DC=Company,DC=Com

You can view attribute values of the selected object by clicking Properties on the Objects to Be Processed page. The Properties dialog box displays a list of attributes and attribute values. The Properties command is also available in the Find dialog box. To access it, right-click object names in the Search results list. You can remove selected objects from the list by clicking Remove or pressing DELETE.

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