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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

Fault tolerance

Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports the data replication between multiple instances of Recovery Manager Console to ensue reliability and fault tolerance in case of any system failure.

Simultaneous system recovery

All domain controllers in your forest or domain can be restored simultaneously from one centralized location, using backups created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition, eliminating the need to manually interface with each domain controller separately saving a significant amount of time and effort.

Support for native Windows tools for restoring domain controllers

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition can restore selected DCs from backups and then recover the remaining DCs by demoting them and reinstalling Active Directory. Depending on the Windows version installed on the target DC, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses either the Active Directory Installation Wizard (DCPromo.exe) or the native Windows PowerShell cmdlets Install-ADDSDomainController and Uninstall-ADDSDomainController.

Support for the native Windows tools allows for a recovery methodology that mirrors the prescriptive guidance laid out the forest recovery method recommended by Microsoft in the Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery whitepaper.

Recovery pauses

A recovery pause allows you to automatically suspend the recovery of one or more domain controllers immediately before a certain recovery stage begins for those domain controllers. You can then manually resume the recovery of these domain controllers from the point where it was suspended (paused).

For example, you can temporarily suspend the recovery of particular domain controllers to take a manual action outside of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.

IMPORTANT: Recovery pauses cannot be used to prioritize the recovery of certain critical domain controllers, domains, or sites in your Active Directory forest.

For a recovery project, you can create multiple pauses, each having different settings. For each recovery pause, you can define the domain controllers to which the pause will apply and specify a recovery stage before which you want to activate the pause.

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