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Recovery Manager for AD Forest Edition 10.0.1 - User Guide

Overview Backing up data
Permissions required for the Backup operation Managing Backup Agent Using a least-privileged user account to back up data Creating backups 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 Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console Icons in the user interface Getting and using help Configuring Windows Firewall Using Computer Collections Managing Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration Licensing
Restoring data
Getting started with Active Directory recovery Managing deleted or recycled objects Restoring backed up System State components 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
Fault tolerance Consolidating backup registration data Monitoring Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovering an Active Directory forest
Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console Forest Recovery Console Managing a recovery project Install Active Directory from Media recovery method Install Active Directory recovery method Managing Forest Recovery Agent Rebooting domain controllers manually Specifying fallback IP addresses to access a domain controller Resetting DSRM Administrator Password Purging Kerberos Tickets Managing the Global Catalog servers Managing FSMO roles Manage DNS Client Settings Configuring Windows Firewall Forest recovery overview 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
Using Management Shell Creating virtual test environments Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory web interface Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery Best practices for recovering a forest Descriptions of recovery or verification steps 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

Preinstalling Backup Agent manually

You can use the Recovery Manager Console to manually preinstall Backup Agent on the computers added to a particular Computer Collection. Alternatively, you can perform a silent installation of the agent.

To preinstall Backup Agent on all computers in a Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Right-click the Computer Collection that includes the computers on which you want to preinstall the Backup Agent, and then select Install Backup Agent from the shortcut menu.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the Backup Agent installation.

To selectively preinstall Backup Agent on computers in a Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Right-click the Computer Collection that includes the computers on which you want to preinstall the Backup Agent.
  3. In the right pane, select the items representing the computers on which you want to install the Backup Agent.
  4. Right-click the selected items, and then select Install Backup Agent from the shortcut menu.
  5. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the Backup Agent installation.

To perform a silent installation of Backup Agent

  1. Copy the Backupagent.msi file supplied in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition installation package to the target computer.
  2. On the computer to which you copied the Backupagent.msi file, enter the following syntax at a command prompt:
  3. msiexec /i "\\<TargetCompName>\<Path to the backupagent.msi file>" ERDPORT=<PortNumber> /qn

<TargetCompName> refers to the target computer network name.

<PortNumber> refers to the TCP port number you want Recovery Manager for Active Directory to use to connect to Backup Agent.

By default, the silent installation uses a local system account. To install Backup Agent on a remote DC, this account must have sufficient permissions to access that DC.

Example:

msiexec /i "\\MyDC\temp\backupagent.msi" ERDPORT=3355 /qn

By default, Recovery Manager for Active Directory uses the TCP port 3843 to connect to Backup Agent. If you have specified some other port number, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Recovery Manager Console (snap-in).
  2. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select Recovery Manager for Active Directory, and then click Settings on the Action menu.
  3. On the General tab of the Properties dialog box, select the Connect to the backup agent using specific TCP port check box, and then specify the port number in the Port box.

If you have installed Microsoft Windows Firewall, the specified TCP port must be opened. You have to specify the same port number for all target DCs to be backed up.

Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent

You can use the Recovery Manager Console to discover all Backup Agent instances that were manually preinstalled on computers in existing Computer Collections. After the discover operation completes, you can view and manage the discovered Backup Agent instances by using the Backup Agent Management node in the Recovery Manager Console.

A Backup Agent instance is automatically discovered and added to the Backup Agent Management node only when you use that node to preinstall the agent.

When you preinstall a Backup Agent instance by using any other methods (for example, a silent installation), to display that agent instance in the Backup Agent Management node, you have to run the discover Backup Agent operation.

To discover all preinstalled instances of Backup Agent

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. From the main menu, select Action | Discover All Backup Agent Instances.

When the agent discovery operation completes, all discovered instances of Backup Agent are displayed in the Backup Agent Management node.

Updating Backup Agent information

You can update information displayed for a particular preinstalled Backup Agent instance in the Backup Agent Management node. When you run the update operation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory checks the version and status of the target Backup Agent instance, and then updates that information in the Backup Agent Management node.

You can only update information for already discovered Backup Agent instances. For instructions on how to discover Backup Agent, see Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent.

To update information for a particular Backup Agent instance

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. In the right pane, right-click the entry representing the Backup Agent instance for which you want to update information displayed in the Backup Agent Management node.
  3. Select Update Backup Agent Info from the shortcut menu.

To update information for all discovered Backup Agent instances

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, right-click the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. Select Update Backup Agent Info from the shortcut menu.

Upgrading Backup Agent

You can use the Recovery Manager Console to selectively upgrade Backup Agent preinstalled on the computers added to a Computer Collection. Note that you can only upgrade Backup Agent to the version supplied with the Recovery Manager Console you are using.

You can only perform this operation on already discovered preinstalled instances of the Backup Agent. For more information, see Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent.

To upgrade Backup Agent

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. In the right pane, right-click the computer on which you want to upgrade the agent.
  3. From the shortcut menu, select Upgrade Backup Agent and wait for the upgrade operation to complete.
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