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Recovery Manager for AD Disaster Recovery Edition 10.2.2 - User Guide

Overview Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console Getting and using help Configuring Windows Firewall Using Computer Collections Cloud Storage Secure Storage Server Hybrid Recovery with On Demand Recovery Managing Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration Licensing
Backing up data
Permissions required for the Backup operation Managing Backup Agent Using a least-privileged user account to back up data Using Managed Service Accounts Active Directory backups vs Windows System State backups Creating BMR and Active Directory backups Using the Backup Wizard 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
Restoring data
Getting started with Active Directory recovery Managing deleted or recycled objects Restoring backed up Active Directory components Integration with Change Auditor for Active Directory 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
Full Replication Consolidating backup registration data Monitoring Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovering an Active Directory forest
Forest recovery overview Deploying Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console Forest Recovery Console Managing a recovery project Recovery methods Phased recovery Managing Forest Recovery Agent Rebooting domain controllers manually Resetting DSRM Administrator Password Purging Kerberos Tickets Managing the Global Catalog servers Managing FSMO roles Manage DNS Client Settings Configuring Windows Firewall Developing a custom forest recovery plan Backing up domain controllers Assigning a preferred DNS server during recovery Handling DNS servers during recovery Forest recovery approaches Deciding which backups to use Running custom scripts while recovering a forest Overview of steps to recover a forest Viewing forest recovery progress Viewing recovery plan Viewing a report about forest recovery or verify settings operation Handling failed domain controllers Adding a domain controller to a running recovery operation 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
Restore Active Directory on Clean OS method Bare metal forest recovery Using Management Shell Creating virtual test environments Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for using Computer Collections Technical characteristics Best practices for creating backups Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery Best practices for recovering a forest Descriptions of recovery or verification steps Ports Used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) 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



About Quest Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition

It is crucial for any modern business to maintain the availability of its network-computer environment at all times. Unplanned downtime caused by a disastrous event, such as a directory service malfunction, can severely disrupt the operation of a business. Therefore, business-critical infrastructures demand the ability to recover failed systems and services in the shortest possible time.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory (RMAD) employs advanced technologies to minimize the downtime caused by the corruption or improper modification of Active Directory®, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) (ADAM), and Group Policy data. This product allows for automatic backup, and fast remotely managed recovery of data stored in Active Directory. RMAD dramatically reduces the time required to restore Active Directory®, AD LDS (ADAM), and Group Policy data. This improves the availability of corporate networks and reduces network downtime. Given that the time required to recover Active Directory® using a conventional full-backup tool is typically a few hours, Recovery Manager for Active Directory offers huge savings on time, productivity, and administrative overhead.

Quest® Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (RMADFE) is designed to recover the entire Active Directory® forest or specific domains in the forest. The use of Recovery Manager for Active Directory helps you to minimize the downtime caused by the corruption or improper modification of Active Directory® forest and data.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition (RMADDRE) takes your recovery plans to the next level. With Recovery Manager for Active Directory Disaster Recovery Edition you can easily back up Active Directory® and you'll have multiple options to fit the needs of your business continuity plans. Disaster Recovery Edition provides flexible recovery methods including a phased recovery, restoring to a clean OS or bare metal recovery. You can also strengthen your recovery plans with secondary storage options such as Secure Storage server and Cloud Storage.


Features and benefits

Recovery Manager for Active Directory (RMAD) improves the availability of network environments by providing remote, automated backup management and data restoration for the recovery of Active Directory®, AD LDS (ADAM), and Group Policy.

RMAD allows for quick, online recovery of data. In enterprise network environments, it offers a comprehensive, easy-to-implement solution, including:

  • Online, selective restoration of Active Directory®, AD LDS (ADAM), and Group Policy data

  • Fast, remotely managed recovery of Active Directory®, AD LDS (ADAM), and Group Policy

  • Centralized, remote creation and management of Active Directory backups

  • Creation of bare metal recovery(BMR) backups for a forest recovery restore

  • Secondary storage options for Active Directory and BMR backups ensuring that backups are available when disaster strikes

  • Active Directory®, AD LDS (ADAM), or Group Policy comparison reporting and troubleshooting

RMAD simplifies and automates the process of preparing for and recovering from a disaster such as the corruption of directory object data. Such disasters could be caused by hardware or software failures, or by erroneous changes introduced into Active Directory® due to human error.

RMAD includes advanced directory management options that enable the recovery of Active Directory® and Group Policy with minimal downtime. It offers the following features and benefits.


Comprehensive Active Directory recovery options

Recovery Manager for Active Directory provides easy-to-use, wizard-based procedures for recovering Active Directory®. Individual Active Directory® objects, a single subtree, or the entire Active Directory® database can be restored remotely, without the need for an administrator to be physically present at the domain controllers involved in the restoration.


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