You can use the Recovery Manager Console to uninstall Backup Agent preinstalled on a computer added to a Computer Collection. You can only perform this operation on discovered instances of the Backup Agent. For more information, see Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent.
To uninstall Backup Agent
After the uninstallation operation completes, Recovery Manager for Active Directory removes the uninstalled Backup Agent entry from the list in the Backup Agent Management node.
You can selectively remove Backup Agent entries from the list provided in the Backup Agent Management node. Removing a Backup Agent entry from that list does not affect the corresponding preinstalled agent instance in any way. Rather, it removes the agent’s registration information from the Recovery Manager Console.
You may want remove a Backup Agent entry from the list when, for example, you have uninstalled the corresponding Backup Agent instance from the computer without using the Recovery Manager Console, and the agent entry remained in the Backup Agent Management node.
To remove a Backup Agent entry
You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory to back up data in an Active Directory domain under a least-privileged user account. A least-privileged user account is an account that has no other permissions except for those required to back up data with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
Using a least-privileged account to back up Active Directory offers greater protection from unwanted changes to your Active Directory environment, security attacks, or unsolicited access to sensitive documents or settings.
To run backup operations under a least-privileged user account, in the domain you want to back up, create an Active Directory group named RMAD Backup Operators. Add the least-privileged user account you want to that group, and then preinstall the Backup Agent in the domain. As a result, members of the RMAD Backup Operators group are automatically granted the necessary permissions to back up data in the domain with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
To use a least-privileged user account for backup operations
RMAD Backup Operators
Make sure you first create the RMAD Backup Operators group, and then install the Backup Agent in the domain. During its installation, the agent locates that group and saves the group SID in the registry. Then the Backup Agent uses this group SID to check that the user account is a member of the RMAD Backup Operators group.
If the Backup Agent supplied with this release is already preinstalled, you can repair the agent’s installation so that the agent could locate the RMAD Backup Operators group.
For more information, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.
NOTE: If you are going to store backups on the Recovery Manager Console machine, check that the Administrative Share "DriveLetter$" exists and is accessible on this host. Otherwise, the restore operation will fail. For more information, see Installing Backup Agent automatically.
You can use Computer Collections to create backups for multiple computers. For more information, see Using Computer Collections. You can specify what components of the System State are to be backed up. It is recommended to back up all System State components. For more information, see Selecting components to back up.
To create backups of all computers in a Computer Collection
You can also use the Backup Wizard to start a backup job:
Note: By default, the wizard uses the default settings. You can view and modify the default settings using the Collection Defaults command that appears on the Action menu when you select the Computer Collections node in the console tree.
With the Backup Wizard, backup jobs can be scheduled to run at a specific time. For more information, see Scheduling backup creation subsection of Task scheduler overview and Using the Backup Wizard subsection in Selecting components to back up.
While a backup job is running, you can examine the progress of the operation and, if needed, stop the backup job. After a backup job is completed, you can view backup creation results: