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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

Restoring objects in an application directory partition

Application directory partitions are used to store application-specific data. When restoring Active Directory from a backup, Recovery Manager for Active Directory allows you to selectively restore objects and object attributes in application directory partitions, in the same way as it restores objects and attributes in domain directory partitions.

To restore objects in an application directory partition

  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 click Find.
  3. In the Find and Select Object in Backup dialog box, do the following:
    1. Select Any type from the Find list.
    2. Click Browse and use the Browse and Select Object in Backup dialog box to select the application directory partition to search:

    3. Ensure that the Show advanced objects check box is selected: otherwise, the dialog box displays only the domain directory partition.
    4. Click OK.
  1. In the Name box, type the name of the objects, or part of the name.
  2. Click Find Now.
  3. Click Select All or select individual check boxes in Search results. When finished, click OK.
  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the operation.

Note: The Find option is used here as an example. You can also select an object by clicking Browse. Or, you can specify the names (DNs) of objects in a text file and open that file by clicking Import. If you click Browse, ensure that the Show advanced objects check box is selected. Otherwise, only the domain directory partition is displayed in the Browse and Select Object in Backup dialog box.

Restoring object quotas

Object quotas are used to determine the number of objects that can be created in a given directory partition by a given administrator. Object quotas help prevent the denial of service situations that can occur if an administrator accidentally or intentionally creates so many objects that the domain controller runs out of storage space.

Object quotas are specified and administered separately for each directory partition. On a directory partition, object quotas can be assigned to any user or group.

Object quotas for a directory partition are stored as objects in the partition's child container called NTDS Quotas. With Recovery Manager for Active Directory, you can use the Online Restore Wizard to restore selected objects in the container NTDS Quotas, or restore the entire container NTDS Quotas.

To restore an object in the container NTDS Quotas

  1. Start the Online Restore Wizard.
  2. Follow the instructions in the wizard. On the Objects to Be Processed page, click Add, and then click Browse.
  3. In the Browse and Select Object in Backup dialog box, expand the directory partition that contains the object quotas you want to restore, expand NTDS Quotas, and select the object to restore.

  1. Ensure that the Show advanced objects check box is selected. Otherwise, the NTDS Quotas container will not be displayed.
  2. Click OK, and follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the operation.

Restoring cross-domain group membership

When restoring an object, such as a user or computer, the Online Restore Wizard allows the restore of the object’s membership in all groups, including those groups that reside in domains outside the object’s home domain. This requires a backup that meets the following requirements:

  • The backup must be taken from a domain controller that holds the Global Catalog role.
  • The backup must have been created with the following option: When backing up Global Catalog servers, collect group membership information from all domains within the Active Directory forest.

It is recommended that you restore objects from Global Catalog backups that were created with this option. Otherwise, restored objects may not retrieve their membership in some local groups. For example, suppose a user belongs to a local group defined in a resource domain other than the user’s home domain. If the restored user object were to lose its membership of that group, the user would no longer have the corresponding group permissions, and would therefore be unable to access some resources. This option is designed to overcome such issues.

To restore cross-domain group membership information

  1. Start the Online Restore Wizard.
  2. Follow the instructions in the wizard.
  3. On the Backup Selection page, select a backup of a Global Catalog server. The backup must be created with the option When backing up Global Catalog servers, collect group membership information from all domains within the Active Directory forest.
  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the operation.

Performing a restore without having administrator privileges

With the Online Restore Wizard, you can perform a restore without having administrative access to the target domain controller. To restore object attributes, you must only have write access to the attributes being restored.

Restoration of deleted objects requires a target domain controller running Windows Server 2008 or later. To restore a deleted object, the user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory runs must have sufficient permissions to selectively recover Active Directory objects. For more information about these permissions, see Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

To perform a restore without having administrator privileges

  1. Start the Online Restore Wizard.
  2. Follow the instructions in the wizard.
  3. If you are going to restore deleted objects, on the Domain Access Options page ensure that the target domain controller is running Windows Server 2008 or later.
  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the operation.

By default, the “Reanimate Tombstone” control access right is granted only to domain administrators. Domain administrators can grant the permission necessary to restore deleted objects to other users and groups by granting the user or group the “Reanimate Tombstone” control access right.

Warning: A security risk can be introduced by granting this permission, because it allows a user to restore an account that may have a level of access greater than that of the user. By restoring such an account, the user in effect gains control of that account. This is because the LDAP API does not restore the backed up account password, and so the user can set the initial password on the account.

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