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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

Uninstalling Backup Agent

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

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

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.

Removing a Backup Agent entry from 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

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. In the right pane, right-click the Backup Agent entry you want to remove from the list.
  3. From the shortcut menu, select Remove from List.

Using a least-privileged user account to back up data

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

  1. In the Active Directory domain you want to back up, create a new Active Directory group with the following name:

RMAD Backup Operators

  1. To the RMAD Backup Operators group, add the least-privileged user account under which you want to back up the domain.
  2. On the domain controllers you want to back up, preinstall the Backup Agent version supplied with this release of Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

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.

  1. Add the domain controllers on which you preinstalled the Backup Agent to a new Computer Collection.
  2. In the Computer Collection properties, on the Agent Settings tab, do the following:
  • Specify to access the Backup Agent with the least-privileged account you have added to the RMAD Backup Operators group.
  • Select the check box to use preinstalled Backup Agent.

For more information, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

  1. Back up the Computer Collection.

Creating backups

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

  1. In the console tree, select a Computer Collection, and then click Create Backup on the Action menu.
  2. If prompted, confirm the operation.

You can also use the Backup Wizard to start a backup job:

  1. In the console tree, click the root node, and then click Create Backup on the Action menu.
  2. Follow the instructions in the Backup Wizard.
  3. On the When to Back Up page click Now, and then click Next.
  4. Click Advanced to view backup options. You can modify the options as needed. When finished, click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
  5. Click Finish to start the 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:

  1. In the console tree, click Sessions.
  2. In the details pane, click the backup-creation session, and then click Properties on the Action menu.
  3. In the Properties dialog box, click the Progress tab, and examine the displayed information.
  4. By clicking Abort on the Progress tab, you can stop the selected session.
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