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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 Forest Recovery Agent

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition employs a Forest Recovery Agent to recover domain controllers. For this reason, it is recommended that you install Forest Recovery Agent on each domain controller you want to recover with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.

NOTE: To install, delete or upgrade the Forest Recovery Agent, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the domain access credentials. For more details, refer Table 24 in the Settings tab section.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the Secure Remote Procedure Call (RPC) over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communication logic to establish secure connection between Forest Recovery Console and the Forest Recovery Agent based on the Microsoft Secure Channel (SChannel). The process of agent installation starts with generating the Console and Agent certificates on the console side, then these certificates are deployed to the agent host. After the certificates are deployed, the both sides verify that each other has a valid certificate to provide the mutual authentication without using the domain access credentials.

If Forest Recovery Agent is not installed a domain controller in your recovery project, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition attempts to automatically install the Forest Recovery Agent on that domain controller after you start the recovery operation on the project.

After you have upgraded the Forest Recovery Console to a new version, it is recommended that you manually upgrade the Forest Recovery Agent on each domain controller in your recovery projects to the version supplied with the new Forest Recovery Console. By doing so you ensure the Forest Recovery Console and the Forest Recovery Agent are fully compatible and can correctly communicate with each other after the upgrade.

In this section:

Installing or upgrading Forest Recovery Agent

Note: To install Forest Recovery Agent, the account under which Recovery Manager Console is running must be added to the Builtin\Administrators domain local group.

To deploy the Forest Recovery Agent, you can use the following methods:

Table 30: Methods to deploy Forest Recovery Agent

Automatic method Manual method

Automatically deploys and upgrades (if required) the Forest Recovery Agent during backup of domain controllers. If this method is used, all necessary SSL certificates will be deployed as well.

To automatically install the agent

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node to select the Computer Collection in which you want to automatically install or update the Forest Recovery Agent.
  2. On the Action menu, click Properties.
  3. In the Computer Collection Properties dialog box, open the Agent Settings tab, and then select the Ensure Forest Recovery agent is deployed check box.
  4. Click OK.

When backing up the Computer Collection, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition will verify that an up-to-date version of the Forest Recovery Agent is installed on each domain controller in the Collection.

Note that clearing the Ensure Forest Recovery Agent is deployed check box does not uninstall the Forest Recovery Agent. For instructions on how to uninstall the agent, see Uninstalling Forest Recovery Agent.

Allows you to manually deploy the Forest Recovery Agent on multiple domain controllers from the Forest Recovery Console.

You can use this method to upgrade the Forest Recovery Agent on domain controllers after you have upgraded the Forest Recovery Console to a new version.

To manually install or upgrade the agent

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. Use the List of Domain Controllers area to select the domain controllers on which you want to install or upgrade the agent. To select multiple domain controllers, hold down CTRL, and click the domain controllers you want to select.
  3. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Forest Recovery Agent or DCs.
  4. In the dialog box that opens, click the Install Agent button to install or upgrade the Forest Recovery Agent on the domain controllers.

Viewing installed Forest Recovery Agent version

To view the installed Forest Recovery Agent version

  1. Open the recovery project where you want to view the installed Forest Recovery Agent version.
  2. Use the List of Domain Controllers area to select the domain controllers for which you want to view the installed Forest Recovery Agent version.

To select multiple domain controllers, hold down CTRL, and click the domain controllers you want to select.

  1. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Forest Recovery Agent or DCs.
  2. In the dialog box that opens, use the Agent Version column to view the installed Forest Recovery Agent version.

It is recommended to ensure that the Forest Recovery Agent version is the same as that of the Forest Recovery Console you use.

Uninstalling Forest Recovery Agent

To uninstall the Forest Recovery Agent, you can use one the following methods:

  • Uninstall the Forest Recovery Agent from the Forest Recovery Console.
  • Access the target computer directly to uninstall the Forest Recovery Agent.

The latter method allows you to remove the Forest Recovery Agent from a domain controller that was demoted to member server and thus excluded from your recovery project.

To uninstall the agent from the Forest Recovery Console

  1. Open the recovery project where you want to remove the Forest Recovery Agent.
  2. Use the List of Domain Controllers area to select the domain controllers from which you want to remove the agent.

To select multiple domain controllers, hold down CTRL, and click the domain controllers you want to select.

  1. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Forest Recovery Agent or DCs.
  2. In the dialog box that opens, click the Uninstall Agent button.

To uninstall the agent by accessing the computer directly

  1. Log on to the computer from which you want to uninstall the Forest Recovery Agent.
  2. In Control Panel, click Uninstall a program.
  3. In the list, select Quest Forest Recovery Agent, and then click Uninstall.
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