You can restore individual elements of SYSVOL authoritatively, such as specific files contained within the SYSVOL folder.
Start the Extract Wizard and follow the provided instructions.
On the Backup Selection page, select the SYSVOL component of the backup you want to use. The SYSVOL component is located in the Active Directory branch of the backup.
On the Folder Selection page, specify a folder for the SYSVOL data.
Follow the Extract Wizard to restore the SYSVOL data from the backup to the specified folder.
Ensure that the domain controller where you want to restore the individual elements of SYSVOL is started in normal mode, and the SYSVOL share is published, that is, the SYSVOL share and its sub-folders are displayed in Computer Management for that domain controller.
Copy the files to be restored from the Extract Wizard SYSVOL folder to the original SYSVOL folder.
When authoritatively restoring the SYSVOL files, it is important that you copy SYSVOL data from the alternate location after the SYSVOL share is published. If the computer is in a replicated domain, it can take several minutes before the SYSVOL share is published, because it needs to synchronize with the replication partners.
With Recovery Manager for Active Directory, you can selectively restore Group Policy information from normal Active Directory backups of domain controllers.
The Group Policy Restore Wizard helps you recover Group Policy objects and links deleted or modified since the last backup. The wizard operates in online mode and does not require restarting the domain controller. The wizard also enables the migration of Group Policy objects between domains.
Group Policy Restore allows you to roll back changes made to Group Policy information, and return individual Group Policy objects to the state they were in when the backup was created. It is important to note that a Group Policy Restore only affects the object selected for recovery, and optionally, the links to that object. Any objects that are not involved in the operation remain unchanged in the domain.
For this type of restore, it is not necessary to create any special backups; you may use any regular backup of a domain controller’s Active Directory.
After Recovery Manager for Active Directory completes Group Policy Restore on the target domain controller, the restored Group Policy objects and links are replicated to the other domain controllers through the normal replication process. The previously erased or modified Group Policy information is ignored during replication, because the restored data appears to be more recent.
The wizard lets you choose the backup source domain and lists Active Directory backups of domain controllers of that domain. You select a backup from the list on the Backup Selection page, or click Register to register additional backups. The wizard then unpacks the backup, preparing backup data for further use.
After the backup data preparation is completed, the wizard prompts you to choose the target domain controller and lists all Group Policy objects that are in the backup. To have the wizard compare the state of Group Policy objects in the backup with their state on that domain controller, click Compare All. After the wizard performs the comparison, the State in AD column indicates a state of each object, shown as ‘Different’, ‘Identical’, or ‘Deleted’. You can select the object you want the wizard to restore.
Then, the wizard prompts you to choose whether to restore policy settings in the Group Policy objects, security settings on the objects, or both, and asks about how to process links to the selected Group Policy objects.
Finally, the wizard informs you about the changes to be made to the Group Policy and allows you to start the restore process or step back to modify the restore options.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory provides for restoration of Active Directory data from backups created by other applications if these backups are stored in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF). Such backups of domain controllers' Active Directory can be created, for example, Veritas Backup Exec. Depending on your needs, you can use the Online Restore Wizard, the Group Policy Restore Wizard, the Repair Wizard, or the Extract Wizard to restore data.
Start the wizard you want to use and follow the instructions in the wizard.
To register a backup in the Online Restore Wizard or the Group Policy Restore Wizard, on the Backup Selection page, click Register, and then click one from the following items:
Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf).
Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.
To register a backup in the Repair Wizard, on the Computer and Backup Selection page, click Register, and then click one from the above-listed items.
Select the newly registered backup and follow the wizard instructions to walk through the restore process.
Snapshot backups (that is, backups created using the Volume Shadow Copy service) are not supported by the Repair Wizard. By default, Veritas Backup Exec 9.0 or later uses the Volume Shadow Copy service when creating Active Directory backups. However, you can restore Active Directory data from snapshot backups using the Online Restore Wizard and Group Policy Restore Wizard. The Extract Wizard also supports snapshot backups.