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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

Backing up cross-domain group membership

When backing up Active Directory on a Global Catalog server, Recovery Manager for Active Directory enables the backup to include the object’s membership in all groups, including those groups that reside in domains outside the object’s home domain.

This option is part of the backup creation settings. You can find it on the System State tab in the Properties dialog box for a Computer Collection. The option only takes effect when backing up Global Catalog servers.

If this option is not selected, group membership spanning multiple domains is not fully backed up, because even Global Catalog servers do not store full information about group memberships. For example, information about membership in domain local groups is only stored in the home domains of those groups.

To ensure that cross-domain group membership information is backed up

  1. Do one of the following:
  • When creating backups for a Computer Collection, right-click the Computer Collection, and then click Properties.
  • When creating backups using the Backup Wizard, click the Advanced button on the Completion page of the wizard.
  1. In the Properties dialog box, click the System State tab.
  2. On the System State tab, make sure the When backing up Global Catalog servers, collect group membership information from all domains within the Active Directory forest check box is selected.

Using a Global Catalog backup created with this option ensures the complete restoration of object group memberships in all domains within the forest.

However, this option causes Recovery Manager for Active Directory to retrieve data from all domains within the forest, and therefore may slow down the backup creation in case of a big number of domains or slow network connections.

Backing up distributed file system (DFS) data

When backing up a domain controller, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can also back up the domain-based Distributed File System (DFS) namespace data located on the domain controller. DFS namespace data is backed up as part of SYSVOL. You can use the created backup to recover the domain-based DFS namespace.

To back up domain-based DFS namespace data, make sure you select the SYSVOL component on the Components tab in the Computer Collection Properties dialog box. For more information, see Modifying Computer Collection properties.

Note that Recovery Manager for Active Directory cannot back up the DFS namespace links to the actual folders and files, as well as these folders and files. Also Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not support standalone DFS namespace data.

Backup scheduling

In Recovery Manager for Active Directory, a backup for a computer or a collection of computers can be created manually, or the creation of backups can be scheduled to occur at a specific time in the future. Backups can be stored in any appropriate location on your network.

Task scheduler overview

When scheduling backup creation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs Task Scheduler, which is an integral part of the operating system. You can access the Task Scheduler GUI by clicking Scheduled Tasks in Control Panel. The Scheduled Tasks dialog box displays all tasks scheduled to run on your computer.

Each scheduled task runs under a certain user account. Therefore, you must supply the user logon name and password of a user account when creating a scheduled task. When performing the scheduled backup job, Recovery Manager for Active Directory runs as if that user started it.

The user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory is running when creating backups must

  • Belong to the Administrators local group on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
  • Belong to the Administrators local group on each computer to be backed up (serviced computer).

When scheduling a backup job, you should ensure that the account whose credentials you are supplying meets the above requirements. If there are no trust relationships established between the domains where the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer and the serviced computer reside, then no account can satisfy both of the above requirements. To resolve this problem, you can specify a different account to access the serviced computer.

In the “no trust” situation, when scheduling a backup job, you should use an account that meets the first of the above requirements, and configure advanced backup options so that a different account is used for access to the serviced computers, satisfying the second requirement.

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