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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 the Global Catalog servers

You can use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition to manage the global catalog servers in your Active Directory forest before or after the recovery. For example, you can view which domain controllers currently hold the global catalog server role and manually remove or assign the global catalog server role to the domain controllers you want.

NOTE: Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the domain controller access credentials to manage the Global Catalog servers. For more details, refer Table 24 in the Settings tab section.

To manage the global catalog servers

  1. In the Forest Recovery Console, open the recovery project in which you want to manage the global catalog servers.
  2. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | Global Catalog Servers.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To assign the global catalog server role to a domain controller, select the check box in the Global Catalog Server column next to that domain controller.
    • To remove the global catalog server role from a domain controller, clear the check box in the Global Catalog Server column next to that domain controller.
    • To sort or group the domain controllers in the list by the criteria you want, right-click anywhere in the list, and then select an appropriate command from the shortcut menu.
  4. When you are finished, click the Apply button for your changes to take effect.

TIP:To avoid excessive replication traffic, it is recommended to assign one global catalog server role at a time.

Managing FSMO roles

You can use the Forest Recovery Console to view the current Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) role owners in your recovered Active Directory forest and manually change the FSMO role owners if necessary.

During the recovery, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses an internal algorithm to automatically assign FSMO roles to the recovered domain controllers. After the recovery completes, you can view the current FSMO role owners and selectively reassign the FSMO roles if necessary.

NOTE: Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the domain controller access credentials to manage FSMO roles. For more details, refer Table 24 in the Settings tab section.

To view and assign FSMO role owners

  1. In the Forest Recovery Console, open the recovery project in which you want to view the current FSMO roles.
  2. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | FSMO Roles.
  3. Use the dialog box that opens to view the current FSMO role owners and reassign FSMO roles as necessary.

You can use the following elements:

Table 31: Elements you can use

Element Description
Suggest Previous Owners Allows you to automatically distribute FSMO roles to the domain controllers (owners) that held these roles before the recovery (that is, the owners stored in the recovery project). After you click this button, use the Assign Role To column to view or specify new role owners. If a FSMO role owner no longer exists, the most optimal existing owner will be selected for that role.
Suggest Optimal Owners Click this button to automatically distribute FSMO roles to the most optimal existing owners in the recovered Active Directory forest.
Clear Click this button to undo the changes you have made in the Assign Role To column. You can only use this button before you apply the changes you have made.
FSMO Roles Lists all FSMO roles in the recovered Active Directory forest.
Current Owners Lists the current owner of each FSMO role in the recovered Active Directory forest.
Assign Role To Use this column to manually select a new owner for the corresponding FSMO role. You can also use this column to view the automatically selected new owners after you click the Suggest Prerecovery Owners or Suggest Optimal Owners button.
  1. When you are finished, click Apply.

Manage DNS Client Settings

You can use the Forest Recovery Console to view or change DNS client settings for each domain controller in your recovery project. In the DNS client settings, you can define the DNS servers used by the domain controller. You can manage DNS client settings before or after recovery of your project.

NOTE: Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition uses the domain controller access credentials to manage DNS client settings.

To view or change assigned DNS servers

  1. In the Forest Recovery Console, open the recovery project in which you want to view or change the assigned DNS servers.
  2. On the menu bar, select Tools | Manage | DNS Client Settings.
  3. In the dialog box that opens, use the following elements:

Table 32: Elements you can use

Element Description
Suggest Previous Settings Allows you to revert to the DNS client settings the domain controllers in your recovery project used before the recovery (that is, the settings stored in the recovery project).
Edit Allows you to change the DNS client settings for the domain controller selected in the list.
Undo Allows you to undo the changes you have made.
Apply Applies the changes you have made.

Configuring Windows Firewall

A firewall enabled in your environment may block traffic on ports used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition, preventing you from backing up or restoring data. Before you start using Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition, make sure your firewall does not block traffic on ports used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition. For more information about these ports, see the Deployment Guide supplied with this release of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.

This section provides instructions on how to configure the built-in Windows Firewall enabled on Windows Server 2008-based and Windows Server 2012-based domain controllers in a domain or forest you want to recover, so that Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition could recover that domain or forest. To ensure a successful recovery, create the following Windows Firewall security rules on all Windows Server 2008-based and Windows Server 2012-based domain controllers in the domain or forest (leave the default values for settings not mentioned below):

Rule 1 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %SystemRoot%\System32\Svchost.exe
  • Service settings: Windows Management Instrumentation (Winmgmt)
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: Any
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Rule 2 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: System
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: 445
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Rule 3 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path:
  • On a 32-bit system: <Product installation folder>\FRRestoreService.exe; on a 64-bit system: <Product installation folder>\FRRestoreService64.exe
    The default product installation folder is %ProgramFiles%\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition.
  • Service settings: Apply to all programs and services
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: RPC dynamic port range
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any
  • Allowed computers: Any

Rule 4 (inbound)

  • Rule type: Custom
  • Program path: %SystemRoot%\System32\Svchost.exe
  • Service settings: Remote Procedure Call (RpcSs)
  • Protocol: TCP
  • Local ports: RPC dynamic port range
  • Remote ports: Any
  • Local IP addresses: Any
  • Remote IP addresses: Any
  • Action: Allow the connection
  • Rule profile: Domain, private, and public
  • Allowed users: Any

For more information about RPC dynamic port range, refer to the following Microsoft Support Knowledge Base articles at http://support.microsoft.com:

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