The Forest Recovery Console must have access to the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database containing information about all backups of the domain controllers in the forest. To meet this requirement, you must deploy the Forest Recovery Console on the same computer that hosts the Recovery Manager Console used to create backups of the domain controllers.
You can easily meet this requirement in simple and relatively small environments where you have a single instance of the Recovery Manager Console deployed. However, in complex and large environments the requirement to have a single instance of the Recovery Manager Console (and thus maintain a single forest-wide backup registration catalog) might not be feasible.
For more information on how to consolidate backups created by different instances of Recovery Manager for Active Directory deployed in your environment, see Consolidating backups from different backup registration databases.
The best practice is to install the Forest Recovery Console on a standalone computer. This allows you to avoid situations where a corruption in Active Directory prevents you from using the Forest Recovery Console.
It is recommended to regularly back up the Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration, so that you could quickly reinstall the product and restore its configuration to the last backed up state in case Recovery Manager for Active Directory becomes inoperable due to a failure. All the Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration data is held in the following location on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer:
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory The Recovery Manager Console saves its configuration data in the following files:
Erdiskad.mdb. Contains the Recovery Manager Console configuration data, such as computer collections and backup creation sessions.
Backups.mdb. Contains the backup registration database that stores information about created Active Directory and ADAM backups.
As a rule, the overall size of these .mdb files does not exceed 10 MB.
The Forest Recovery Console saves all its configuration data in the Forest Recovery Project (.frproj) file.