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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

Step 1: Select domains to recover

In this step, select the domains you want to recover in your recovery project. This step presumes that you have already created a recovery project for your forest. For more information on how to create a recovery project, see Creating a recovery project.

To select domains
  1. Open the recovery project where you want to select domains to recover.

  2. On the menu bar, click Tools | Recovery Project Settings.

  3. Open the Recovery Mode tab.

  4. In the Recovery mode drop-down list, select Domain Recovery.

  5. Select the check boxes next to the domains you want to recover.

  6. Optionally, you can specify default credentials to access domain controllers in the selected domains.

  7. Click OK.

    The recovery of the domains you selected may affect computers in other domains. These computers will be displayed in your recovery project.

 

Step 2: Specify recovery settings for domain controllers

To specify recovery settings for DCs
  1. In the list of domain controllers, select the domain controller whose recovery settings you want to specify.

  2. Open the General tab to specify the recovery settings.

  3. Repeat these steps for other domain controllers in the project.

For more information, see Domain controller recovery settings and progress.

 

Step 3: Start recovery

To start the recovery
  • On the toolbar, click Start Recovery.

 

Recovering SYSVOL

Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports authoritative restore of SYSVOL on the selected domain controllers. Authoritative SYSVOL restores are used in case of critical situations such as divergence of data in the content of the SYSVOL share.

NOTE:

  • If you have very large backups and the backup data is stored on a remote computer (not on domain controllers), you do not need to specify the backups for non-authoritative domain controllers in Forest Recovery Console to restore the SYSVOL data. When the backup is not selected, the SYSVOL data is replicated from the authoritative domain controller by the replication service. In this case, the full backup information is not copied to the domain controller that saves the disk space.

  • Verify the correct replication of the SYSVOL folder on the domain controller. In case of restoring the SYSVOL folder on one domain controller, make sure the SYSVOL folder matches on all other domain controllers.

  • Along with the SYSVOL restore, Recovery Manager for Active Directory allows you to perform the non-authoritative restore of RODCs using the Restore SYSVOL recovery method.

To restore the SYSVOL folder from backup, perform the following steps
  1. Open your recovery project where the authoritative restore of SYSVOL will be performed.

  2. On the menu bar, click Tools | Recovery Project Settings.

  3. Open the Recovery Mode tab.

  4. In the Recovery scope drop-down list, select SYSVOL Recovery. If the SYSVOL Recovery scope is selected, the Restore SYSVOL method is set on the General tab in the domain controller recovery settings and cannot be changed.

  5. Select the Restore Sysvol from backup checkbox to associate the selected domain controller with a backup.

  6. Select the check boxes next to the domains you want to recover and specify a domain controller for each domain to perform the authoritative restore. If the domain controller is not specified, it will be selected automatically. For more information, see How does Recovery Manager for Active Directory select a DC for an authoritative (primary) restore of SYSVOL during forest recovery.

  7. Optionally, you can specify default credentials to access domain controllers in the selected domains.

  8. Click OK.

 

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