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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

Repair Wizard

The Repair Wizard helps you restore the Active Directory® components on a domain controller, including the Active Directory® database and SYSVOL. With this wizard you can select a Active Directory® backup, select Active Directory® objects for authoritative restore, and perform a primary restore of SYSVOL.

The wizard has the following pages:


Computer and Backup Selection

Use this page to view a list of computers for which backups are available and to select a backup to perform a restore. The list of computers in the window depends on how the wizard was started. If you select a computer and then start the wizard using the Action menu, the list includes only the selected computer. Otherwise, it includes all computers.

  • Locate the backup under computer name. Provides a list of computers for which backups are available and allows you to select a backup to perform a restore. To ensure the selected backup contains all Active Directory components needed for the restore, browse the Active Directory branch in the Computer and Backup Selection window. For the selected computer, the window lists all backups that are available in RMAD. A backup entry includes the date and time when the backup was created, and displays the backup age in days. The list only includes the backups that are registered in the RMAD configuration database.

  • Register. To register additional backups, 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.

In the Repair Wizard, you can use backups created by applications that store backups in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF), such as Windows® Backup or Veritas™ Backup Exec™. However, snapshot backups are not supported by the Repair Wizard. You can restore Active Directory® data from such backups using the Online Restore Wizard and Group Policy Restore Wizard. The Extract Wizard also supports snapshot backups.

To select a backup

Double-click the computer whose backup you want to use, and then double-click the backup you want to use. Select the check box next to Active Directory and then click Next.


Target Computer

Use this page to view where the Active Directory® data will be restored.

  • Restore Active Directory data on the computer. Displays the computer name where the Active Directory® data will be restored.

  • Change. Click Change to change the target computer, and then complete the Change Target Computer dialog box. In the Computer name box, type the NetBIOS name, DNS name, or IP address of the computer where you want to perform a restore.

    A restore on a computer different from the backup source can have serious, unexpected consequences that can prevent the system from starting and require that you reinstall the system.

  • Next. Click Next to connect to the target computer. No backup data is transferred at this stage.


Computer Restart

Use this page to specify how to restart the target computer in Directory Services Restore Mode.

  • Manual restart. With this option, you must restart the target computer manually.

  • Automatic restart. Restarts the target computer remotely, using the startup parameters shown in the Boot option box. If you want to apply different startup parameters, use Manual restart. When performing the automatic restart, the wizard modifies the Computer Restart page, allowing you to cancel the shutdown, if necessary.

  • Boot option. When you select the Automatic restart option, displays the startup parameters used to restart the target computer remotely. If you want to apply different startup parameters, use Manual restart.

To restart the computer in Directory Services Restore Mode manually
  1. Restart the computer, and press F8 when you are prompted to do so.

  2. On the menu, choose Directory Services Restore Mode, and then press ENTER.

  3. If you have multiple systems installed on the computer, choose the system installation you are recovering, and then press ENTER. You must choose the same installation as the one that was started when you launched the Repair Wizard.

To cancel the computer shutdown
  • Click Abort Shutdown.

The Abort Shutdown button is available only during a 40-second grace period. The process of restarting the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode can take several minutes. The Current Status box allows you to examine the progress of the restart.

After the domain controller is started in Directory Services Restore Mode, the wizard displays the Select Account dialog box. You must specify the password of the Directory Service Restore Mode Administrator.

In the Select Account dialog box, you must supply the account name and password of the target computer local administrator (Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator). You must use the credentials of an account that is stored in the local security account (SAM) database. You cannot use the name and password of an Active Directory® administrator. This is because Active Directory® is offline, and account verification cannot occur. Rather, the SAM accounts database is used to control access to Active Directory® on the local computer while Active Directory® is offline.


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