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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

Rules provided in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

The next table lists the monitoring rules provided by the Management Pack in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. The table also provides information on which of these rules are enabled or disabled by default.

Table 12: SCOM rules

Rule Default setting
Collect Online Restore Is Starting Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Online Restore Progress - Objects Have Been Restored Successfully Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Online Restore Has Completed Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Offline Restore Is Starting Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Offline Restore Progress - DC Restarted in Normal Mode Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Offline Restore Progress - DC Restarted in DSRM Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Offline Restore Progress - DC not Restarted in Normal Mode Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Alert on Failed Offline Restore (Recovery Manager Console) Enabled
Collect Offline Restore Has Failed Events (Recovery Manager Console) Enabled
Collect Offline Restore Has Completed Successfully Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Started Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Completed with Warnings Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Alert on Backup Creation Completed with Errors (Recovery Manager Console) Enabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Failed Events (Recovery Manager Console) Enabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Completed Successfully Events (Recovery Manager Console) Disabled
Collect Online Restore Progress - Objects Have Been Restored Successfully Events (Restore Agent) Disabled
Alert on Failed Offline Restore (Restore Agent) Enabled
Collect Offline Restore Has Failed Events (Restore Agent) Enabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Been Completed with Warnings Events (Backup Agent) Disabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Started Events (Backup Agent) Disabled
Alert on Failed Backup Creation (Backup Agent) Enabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Failed Events (Backup Agent) Enabled
Collect Backup Creation Has Completed Successfully Events (Backup Agent) Disabled
Collect Information About Operations with Forest Recovery Project (Forest Recovery Console) Disabled
Collect Forest Recovery Has Started Events (Forest Recovery Console) Disabled
Collect Information About Forest Recovery Operation (Forest Recovery Console) Disabled
Collect Information About Forest Recovery Operation (Forest Recovery Agent) Disabled
Alert on Failed Forest Recovery Operation (Forest Recovery Console) Enabled
Alert on Failed Forest Recovery Operation (Forest Recovery Agent) Enabled
Alert on Abandoned Backup Session (Recovery Manager Console) Enabled

Health dashboards

Health dashboards

In the SCOM Operations console, Recovery Manager for Active Directory components are represented as three health state views (separate for each type of objects) and two multi-level diagrams. There are three types of RMAD objects in these diagrams: Recovery Manager Console instances, Computer Collections existing in the Recovery Manager Console and Computers explicitly or implicitly added to Computer Collections. Each object has properties and health state determined by these properties.

In the multi-level diagrams All Components in Computer Collections and All Recovery Manager Console Instances under Monitoring | Quest Recovery Manager for Active Directory, health of upper-level components depends on the health of lower-level components.

The following table lists properties that are monitored by RMAD Management Pack for SCOM.

Table 13: RMAD object properties monitored by RMAD Management Pack

  Regular Management Pack Limited Management Pack
Recovery Manager Console
  • TargetComputer
    Display name of a RMAD console instance
  • Version
    Version of a RMAD console instance
  • IsForestEdition
    Indicates which edition of RMAD is used
  • TargetComputer
    Display name of a RMAD console instance
  • Version
    Version of a RMAD console instance
  • IsForestEdition
    Indicates which edition of RMAD is used
Computer Collection
  • DisplayName
    Display name of a computer collection
  • ID
    Computer collection ID
  • AgentSideBackupPath
    DC storage
  • ConsoleSideBackupPath
    Location of the backup storage on the RMAD Console side
  • CollectFEMetaData
    Indicates what metadata is collected
  • HasCollectionItems
    Indicates whether a computer collection has collection items
  • DisplayName
    Display name of a computer collection
  • ID
    Computer collection ID
  • AgentSideBackupPath
    DC storage
  • ConsoleSideBackupPath
    Location of the backup storage on the RMAD Console side
  • CollectFEMetaData
    Indicates what metadata is collected
  • HasCollectionItems
    Indicates whether a computer collection has collection items
Computer
  • TargetComputer
    Name of a domain controller
  • LastSessionResult
    Result of the last backup session
  • LastSessionDate
    Time stamp of the last backup session
  • BackupExists
    Indicates whether a backup was created in the last 30 days
  • TargetComputer
    Name of a domain controller

 

The table below describes health checks that are performed by RMAD Management Pack for SCOM.

Table 14: Health checks performed by RMAD Management Pack

  Regular Management Pack Limited Management Pack
Recovery Manager Console
  • Checks whether there are computer collection in the RMAD console instance.
  • Does not perform any checks.
Computer Collection
  • Checks whether a computer collection has collection items.
  • Checks whether a computer collection has at least one domain controller.
  • There are no alerts about empty collections or collections which have no backups in the last 30 days.
Computer
  • Checks whether a backup was created in the last 30 days. If there are no backups, the Management Pack generates the warning message.

-OR-

  • Checks the result of the last backup session.
  • Does not request any data about completed backups or backup sessions.
  • Does not check whether a backup was created in the last 30 days.

Recovering an Active Directory forest

Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console

Table 15: Minimum permissions

Task Minimum permissions
Start and use the Forest Recovery Console

Have Read access to the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database.

Access domain controllers in the recovery project

Have either domain administrator rights or all of the following permissions:

  • Reanimate Tombstone control access right (or be a member of a group that has this access right).

By default, the Reanimate Tombstone control access right is only granted to domain administrators. Domain administrators can delegate the permission necessary to restore deleted objects to other users and groups by granting the user or group the Reanimate Tombstone control access right. A security risk can be introduced by delegating this permission to a user, because it allows the 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 provide the capability to restore the backed up password, and so the user can set the initial password on the account.

  • Write access to each mandatory attribute that needs to be updated.
  • Write access to the Relative Distinguished Name (RDN) and other attributes that need to be updated.
  • Child-creation rights on the destination container for the object class that is to be restored.
  • Write access to universal and domain local groups in all domains in the forest.
Install or uninstall Forest Recovery Agent Be a member of the local Administrators group on the target domain controller.

Сheck forest health if the User authentication; RID Master and GC operation option is selected on the Settings tab in the Check Forest Health dialog.

For more details, refer Checking forest health.

Have either domain administrator rights or all of the following permissions on the container for the test user account:

  • Create/Delete user objects Applies to: This object and all descendant objects
  • Full Control
    Applies to: Descendant User objects

For information about using the Forest Recovery Console, see Forest Recovery Console.

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