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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

Installing Recovery Manager Portal

You can install the Recovery Manager Portal on any domain-joined computer, including the one where Recovery Manager for Active Directory is installed. To install the Recovery Manager Portal, you must be a local administrator on the target computer.

To install the Recovery Manager Portal

  1. Ensure the computer on which you plan to install the Recovery Manager Portal meets the system requirements in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition Release Notes.
  2. Run the RecoveryManagerPortal.exe file supplied with the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition installation package.
  3. From version 8.7, Recovery Manager Portal can be run under Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2008 or higher) or Group Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2012 or higher). If you specify the MSA or gMSA account, add the '$' character at the end of the account name (e.g. domain\computername$) and leave the Password field blank (on the Specify Web Site Settings step of the wizard).

    Note:

    • The Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2008 or higher) or Group Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2012 or higher) must be a member of the local Administrator group on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory machine.
    • In case of MSA or gMSA account, Recovery Manager Portal supports only Windows authentication to access the SQL Server databases.
  4. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the portal installation.
    Take note of the Web site and virtual directory you specify in the wizard, because they make up the URL at which users can access the Recovery Manager Portal, as follows:
    http://<WebSite>/<VirtualDirectory>
  5. After you complete the Setup Wizard, finalize the installation by logging off and then logging back on to the Recovery Manager Computer.

Once you have installed the Recovery Manager Portal, you need to configure it for working with the Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances deployed in your environment. For details, see Configuring portal for working with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

Connecting to Recovery Manager Portal

Before connecting to the Recovery Manager Portal for the first time, log out, and then log back on to the computer where you have installed the Recovery Manager Portal.

To connect to the Recovery Manager Portal

  • Start your Web browser, and then go to the following URL:

http://<WebSite>/<VirtualDirectory>/

Substitute the Web site and virtual directory names specified during the Recovery Manager Portal installation for the <WebSite> and <VirtualDirectory> placeholders.

For example, if the Recovery Manager Portal site is installed on the computer named Comp to the virtual directory RecoveryManagerPortal in the default Web site, to access the Recovery Manager Portal, you need to go to http://Comp/RecoveryManagerPortal.

Administering Recovery Manager Portal

This section describes how to perform administrative tasks in the Recovery Manager Portal. To perform these tasks, you must access the Recovery Manager Portal using the account under which you installed the portal. For more information, see Assigning roles to portal users.

In this section:

Configuring portal for working with Recovery Manager for Active Directory

To restore Active Directory data, the Recovery Manager Portal relies on unpacked backups created by the Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances deployed in your environment. For this reason, you need to configure the Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances to create unpacked backups for the domain controllers you want. Then, configure the Recovery Manager Portal to work with those instances.

Note that the Recovery Manager Portal can only work with Recovery Manager for Active Directory version 8.6 or higher, so make sure to install or upgrade to that Recovery Manager for Active Directory version.

To configure the Recovery Manager Portal for working with Recovery Manager for Active Directory, complete the following steps:

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