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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

Managing automatic pauses

In a recovery project, you can create multiple automatic pauses, each having different settings. You can also modify the settings of existing automatic pauses or delete automatic pauses as necessary. To manage automatic pauses, click the Configure Pauses button on the Forest Recovery Console toolbar.

For each automatic 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 automatic pause on the domain controllers. The automatic pause becomes active when at least one domain controller specified in the pause settings reaches the recovery stage you specified.

You can configure an automatic pause to become active before one of the following recovery stages described in the next table.

Table 29: Recovery stages for which you can use automatic pauses

Recovery stage Description
Prepare for restore from backup During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition verifies that the backup files you selected for recovery are available on the target domain controllers. If necessary, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition copies the backup files that are missing.
Perform restore from backup

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition performs the following steps:

  • Detect current mode (DSRM or normal)
  • Reset DSRM administrator password
  • Restart domain controller in DSRM
  • Enable domain controller isolation
  • Disable custom password filters
  • Disable BitLocker
  • Restore data from backup
  • Restart domain controller in normal mode
  • Reset DSRM administrator password
Configure domain controller

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition performs the following steps:

  • Get information about domain controller
  • Select preferred DNS server
  • Remove global catalog (if you did not specify to keep the existing global catalog)
  • Raise RID pool
  • Invalidate RID pool

  • Seize FSMO roles
  • Clean up metadata of removed domain controllers
  • Reset the Krbtgt password
  • Reset computer account passwords • Enable custom password filters
  • Restart domain controller in normal mode
  • Reset trust passwords
Make domain controller available

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition performs the following steps:

  • Ensure that domain controller isolation is disabled
  • Clean up metadata of unrecovered domains if necessary
  • Change global catalog partition occupancy level
  • Add global catalog (if you did not specify to keep the existing global catalog)
  • Wait for a global catalog server to become available
  • Restore initial global catalog partition occupancy level
  • Enable the use of global catalog for user authentication
  • Enable BitLocker
  • Remove temporary files
Uninstall Active Directory Domain Services During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uninstalls Active Directory using the native tools provided by Microsoft. For domain controllers running Windows Server 2008 or earlier, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the Dcpromo.exe tool. For Windows Server 2012-based domain controllers, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the native Windows PowerShell cmdlet Uninstall-ADDSDomainController.
Reinstall Active Directory Domain Services

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition performs the following steps:

  • Select preferred DNS server
  • Wait for a global catalog server to become available
  • Reinstall Active Directory Domain Services
  • Remove temporary files

In this section:

Creating an automatic pause

To create an automatic pause

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. On the toolbar, click Configure Pauses.
  3. In the dialog box that opens, click Create Pause.
  4. Under Pause properties, do the following:
    1. Use the Pause name box to type a descriptive name for the automatic pause.
    2. Use the Activate pause before the specified stage list to select a recovery stage.
    3. Under the Use this pause for domain controllers list, click Add, and then select the check boxes next to the domain controllers to which you want to apply this pause. When you are finished, click OK.
  5. Click OK to apply your settings.
Releasing an automatic pause

After you start the recovery of your project or run the verify settings operation on the project, you can monitor active pauses in the project and release active pauses as necessary. After you release an active automatic pause, all paused domain controllers to which the pause applies resume their recovery.

You can view the number of active pauses next to the Active pauses link in the Project Summary area of the Forest Recovery Console. You can click the Active pauses link to view the details of and selectively release active automatic pauses.

To release an active automatic pause

  1. In the Project Summary area of the Forest Recovery Console, click the Active pauses link.
  2. Use the Active pauses list to select the pause you want to release.

After you select a pause, you can view a list of domain controllers to which the pause applies and current pause status for each of these domain controllers.

  1. Click the Release button to resume the recovery of the paused domain controllers to which the pause applies.
Modifying an automatic pause

For each automatic pause, you can modify such settings as the pause name, the recovery stage before which the pause activates, and the list of domain controllers to which the pause applies.

To modify an automatic pause

  1. Open the recovery project that includes the automatic pause you want to modify.
  2. On the toolbar, click Configure Pauses.
  3. Use the Pauses list to select the automatic pause you want to modify.
  4. Under Pause properties, modify the pause settings as necessary.
  5. When you are finished, click OK to apply your changes.
Deleting an automatic pause

To delete an automatic pause

  1. Open the recovery project that includes the automatic pause you want to delete.
  2. On the toolbar, click Configure Pauses.
  3. Use the Pauses list to select the automatic pause you want to delete.
  4. Click the Remove button. If prompted, confirm the deletion of the pause.
  5. When you are finished, click OK to apply your changes.

Copying a backup file to a new location

You can copy a backup file registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition to a new location. This may be required to meet a specific corporate policy or to provide a faster access to the file. After you copy the file, you will need to update the recovery project settings to redirect Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition to the new location of the file.

To copy a backup to a new location

  1. Copy the backup file to a new location.
  2. Start the Forest Recovery Console.
  3. Open the recovery project in which you want to use the backup file in its new location.
  4. Use the List of Domain Controllers area to select the domain controller you plan to restore from the copied backup file.
  5. Open the Settings tab, and then do the following:
    1. Specify the Restore from backup method for the domain controller.
    2. Clear the Use backup criteria to automatically select a backup file check box.
    3. Click the Select button, and then use the provided list to select the backup file you copied. When finished, click OK.
    4. In the Backup file text box, edit the backup file path to specify the new location of the file.
  6. Click the Verify Settings button to verify the changes you have made.

Install Active Directory from Media recovery method

NOTE: Note that you must install Forest Recovery Agent on the target server before you start using this recovery method. For that, on the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Forest Recovery Agent or DCs. For more details, see Managing Forest Recovery Agent.

The Install Active Directory from Media recovery method promotes the selected servers to Domain Controllers using the Install from Media (IFM) option. This option lets you restore System State of a domain controller using a media file created from System State Backup. This recovery method can be applied only to servers with pre-installed operating system.

The target server should be compliant with the following requirements:

  • Operating system version should be equal to the original DC operating system.
  • Operating system should follow organization security best practices (e.g. have latest updates, security software) since this operating system will be used to run the Active Directory Domain services after the restore.
  • The physical disks should have enough free space to host the Active Directory data after recovery.

For more details about recovery settings, see Settings tab.

Install Active Directory recovery method

NOTE: Note that you must install Forest Recovery Agent on the target server before you start using this recovery method. For that, on the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Forest Recovery Agent or DCs. For more details, see Managing Forest Recovery Agent.

The Install Active Directory recovery method is used to install Active Directory on a clean machine. For domain controllers running Windows Server 2008 or earlier, this option uses the Dcpromo.exe tool. For Windows Server 2012-based domain controllers, this option uses the native Windows PowerShell cmdlets Install- ADDSDomainController.

For more details about recovery settings, see Settings tab.

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