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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

Creating a recovery project

To create a new recovery project, you can use a New Recovery Project Wizard. This wizard helps you retrieve the Active Directory forest infrastructure information and save it in a recovery project (.frproj) file.

The wizard offers you the following methods to retrieve the forest infrastructure information:

  • Retrieve the forest infrastructure information from an Active Directory backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.
  • Connect to any available live domain controller in the forest to retrieve the forest infrastructure information.

To create a new recovery project

  1. On the menu bar, select File | New Project.
  2. On the Retrieving the Forest Infrastructure page of the wizard, click one of the following:
    • Select a Backup. Allows you to retrieve the forest infrastructure information from an Active Directory backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition. You can register the backup using Recovery Manager Console or directly from this page. For that, click the Register Backup option.
    • Connect to Forest. Allows you to connect to a live domain controller and retrieve the forest infrastructure information from the Active Directory database held on that domain controller.
  3. On the The following forest information has been collected step, specify the domains you want to include in the recovery project.
  4. On the next step, specify the project file and protection password for the file.
  5. Click Finish to complete the project creation.

The title bar of the Forest Recovery Console displays the name of the project (.frproj) file you have created.

Note: Each recovery project must be protected with a password. When prompted, set a protection password for your project and make sure you keep the password for your records.

Opening a recovery project

To open an existing recovery project

  1. On the menu bar, select File | Open Project.
  2. Browse to select the project (.frproj) file you want to open, and then click Open. The title bar of the Forest Recovery Console displays the name of the project (.frproj) file you have opened.

Opening a legacy recovery project

This section describes how to open a legacy Recovery Project (.frproj) file created with Forest Recovery Console 8.2 or earlier if FIPS-compliant algorithms are enabled on the Forest Recovery Console 8.6 or later computer.

Forest Recovery Console version 8.2 or earlier used hashing and encryption algorithms incompatible with FIPS. For this reason, to open a legacy .frproj file created with Forest Recovery Console version 8.2 or earlier, you need to temporarily disable FIPS-compliant algorithms on the Forest Recovery Console 8.6 or later computer.

To open a legacy recovery project

  1. On the Forest Recovery Console 8.6 or later computer, disable FIPS-compliant algorithms:
    1. Start the Group Policy Object Editor tool (gpedit.msc).
    2. In the console tree, expand Computer Configuration, expand Windows Settings, expand Security Settings, expand Local Policies, and then select Security Options.
    3. In the right pane, double-click System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing.
    4. In the dialog box that opens, select Disabled and click OK.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. In Forest Recovery Console 8.6 or later, open the legacy .frproj file, and then save it.

By doing so, you update the project to use FIPS-compliant algorithms.

  1. Enable FIPS-compliant algorithms on the Forest Recovery Console 8.6 or later computer.

Note: To protect its data, the Forest Recovery Console version 8.6 or later uses the SHA-1 hashing algorithm and the Triple DES encryption algorithm that are FIPS-compliant. For more information about FIPS-compliant algorithms, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 811833 “The effects of enabling the ‘System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing’ security setting in Windows XP and in later versions of Windows” at http://support.microsoft.com.

Saving a recovery project

To save the changes made to a recovery project

  • On the menu bar, select File | Save Project.
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