When creating a backup, Recovery Manager for Active Directory queries its configuration settings about what backup options to use. You specify configuration settings in the Defaults dialog box for the Computer Collections node or a Computer Collection (Computer Collection properties). You can also view and modify the settings being used by the Backup Wizard.
The Properties dialog box includes the Advanced and Agent Settings tabs where you can set a number of advanced backup options.
Do one of the following:
Right-click the Computer Collections node and then click Collection Defaults.
Right-click the Computer Collection and then click Properties.
Click Advanced on the Completing the Backup Wizard page.
In the Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab. To have Recovery Manager for Active Directory store copies of backups in an alternate location, select the Store a copy of each backup check box and specify format for the path and name of the backup file. Having an additional instance of each backup stored in an alternate location may be required to ensure the availability of backups. You can also limit the maximum backup session time using the Limit maximum backup time option.
In the Properties dialog box, click the Agent Settings tab, and then do the following:
To have Recovery Manager for Active Directory initialize Backup Agent using a different account, select the Access back p agent and backup files using the specified account check box and click Select Account to supply the user logon name and password of an account that has administrator privileges on the serviced computers. Using a special account for the Backup Agent initialization may be required when Recovery Manager for Active Directory cannot be configured to run under an account with administrator privileges on the serviced computers.
To have the application use preinstalled Backup Agent when backing up the Computer Collection, select the Use preinstalled Backup Agent check box.
Default settings are used for newly created Computer Collections. By changing properties of a certain Computer Collection, you define the settings specific to that collection. Different Computer Collections may have differing settings.
The Backup Wizard uses default settings unless other settings are specified using the Advanced button on the Completing the Backup Wizard page.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory helps you recover the entire Active Directory forest if a forest-wide failure renders all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally.
To recover an Active Directory forest, Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs a Forest Recovery Agent. The Forest Recovery Agent must be installed on each domain controller in the forest before starting a forest recovery operation.
For more information about the agent, see Managing Forest Recovery Agent in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory User Guide.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory can unpack backups and keep the unpacked data in the location you specify to reuse the data for subsequent starts of the Online Restore Wizard or Group Policy Restore Wizard. The use of unpacked backups accelerates operations the wizards perform during the backup data preparation step, because unpacking a backup can be a lengthy operation.
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You can configure the default settings to automatically unpack backups upon their creation. These settings will apply to all new Computer Collections.
In the console tree, select the Recovery Manager for Active Directory console tree root.
On the Action menu, click Settings.
Specify settings on the Unpacked Backups tab. For more information, see Unpacked Backups tab (global settings) subsection in Settings.
When finished, click OK.