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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

AD LDS (ADAM) recovery

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition provides easy-to-use, wizard-based procedures for recovering AD LDS (ADAM). Individual AD LDS (ADAM) objects or a single subtree can be restored remotely, without the need for an administrator to be physically present at the computers hosting AD LDS (ADAM) instances involved in the restoration.

Granular, selective restore

To achieve near-zero downtime when restoring Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) data, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition offers selective, online restore. Individual objects or object attributes can be selected in a backup and then restored to Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) without affecting other objects or attributes. Using the granular restore feature, objects that were inadvertently deleted or modified can be recovered in a few minutes. Unlike conventional alternatives, it is not necessary to restore the entire Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) database, nor is it necessary to restart domain controllers or AD LDS (ADAM) service.

As granular restore can be done online, the domain controller is never unavailable to users. Online restore function greatly reduces the restore time, thus eliminating the costs associated with downtime.

One more valuable characteristic of granular online restore is the unattended restoration of linked attributes, such as the Member Of attribute. When recovering a user object with granular online restore, you do not need to worry about group memberships: Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition ensures that the restored object is a member of the proper groups.

Group Policy recovery

One of the key features of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition is the ability to quickly recover individual Group Policy objects using a backup of a domain controller’s System State, eliminating the need for special, Group Policy-related backups. By providing straightforward, wizard-driven procedures for Group Policy restoration, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition makes it easy to recover Group Policy information and recoup the time spent configuring Group Policy. Individual Group Policy objects, along with Group Policy links and permission settings can be restored remotely, without the need for an administrator to be present at the domain controllers on which the restore is being performed, and without the need to restart domain controllers.

Centralized remote administration

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition makes it possible to create, update, and apply Active Directory backups remotely across an entire network. It can be installed on an administrator’s workstation, allowing all operations to be performed from a single, central location. These operations include the creation, update, and storage of backups, as well as the restoration of Active Directory and Group Policy data from a backup.

Backups created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition can be stored in a central location, at several locations on a distributed network, or on selected computers with physically restricted access. Access to Active Directory backups can be restricted using backup encryption along with security mechanisms provided by the operating system.

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