To restore data from Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) backups, Recovery Manager for Active Directory requires specific dynamic link libraries (DLLs) supplied with the Windows operating system. In case Recovery Manager for Active Directory cannot find these DLLs, the backup restore operation may fail with an error message similar to the following:
“The Active Directory database (ntds.dit) file in the backup is incompatible with the esent.dll file version found on this computer.”
Before you start using Recovery Manager for Active Directory to extract and restore data from Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) backups, it is recommended to ensure the required DLLs are available on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
Operating system on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer
The OS version on the domain controller cannot be higher than the OS version on the Recovery Manager Console machine. For the list of supported OS, see Release Notes.
To configure the various settings of Recovery Manager for Active Directory, you can use the Settings dialog box. In the Settings dialog box, you can define a TCP port for communications with the Backup Agent, Online Restore Agent, Offline Restore Agent and Management Agent, specify the default location for storing Active Directory backups, select a default method for compare and restore operations, configure settings for creating unpacked backups, or set up e-mail notifications or diagnostic logging.
In the Recovery Manager Console, select the Recovery Manager for Active Directory console tree root.
On the Action menu, click Settings.
The Settings dialog box has the following tabs:
On this tab, you can specify the default location for storing Active Directory backups or select a default method for compare and restore operations.
This tab provides the following options:
Default backup location. Allows you to specify the path to the folder where to store backups. You can either type the path or click Browse to locate and select the folder.
Maximum number of items displayed per folder under the Active Directory node. Use this box to type the maximum number of objects that you want to be displayed for any single folder in the console tree under the Active Directory node.
Default method for compare and restore operations. Allows you to select the default method to perform compare and restore operations in the Online Restore Wizard. For more information about the methods that you can select, see Using the agentless or agent-based method.
Include Change Auditor "Who" data in reports. Includes information on users who modified certain Active Directory objects into the reports you can generate in the Online Restore Wizard. To use this option, you must have Change Auditor for Active Directory installed in the home Active Directory forest of Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
Include subsequent changes from CA on deleted objects. When this option is selected, Recovery Manager for Active Directory restores the deleted object(s) and continuously restores the last change (if any) that was made to the object attributes after creating the backup, using data from the Change Auditor database.
Database. Allows you to specify the name of Change Auditor database.
To specify the CA database server, instance, port, and name, use the following format: <Server Name>\<Instance Name>,<Port>\<Database Name>. Example: testserver.domain.com\testinstance,1432\ChangeAuditorDB
For details about the Change Auditor-related options, see Integration with Change Auditor for Active Directory.
On this tab, you can configure e-mail notification settings. Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use these settings to send notification e-mails about backup creation sessions.
This tab provides the following options:
SMTP server. Provides a space for you to specify the SMTP server for outgoing messages.
SMTP port. Provides a space for you to specify the port number to connect to on your outgoing mail (SMTP) server.
“From” address. Provides a space for you to specify the return address for your e-mail notification messages. It is recommended that you specify the e-mail address of the Recovery Manager for Active Directory administrator.
SMTP server requires authentication. When selected, specifies that you must log on to your outgoing mail server.
User. Provides a space for you to specify the account name used to log on to the SMTP server.
Password. Provides a space for you to specify the user password.
Test Settings. Sends a test notification message to the address set in the “From” address text box. Use this button to verify that the specified e-mail notification settings are valid.
For more information, see Using e-mail notification.