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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

Deleting Computer Collections

To delete a Computer Collection

  • In the console tree, right-click the Computer Collection you want to delete, and then click Delete.

This only deletes the Computer Collection you selected along with the computer and container shortcuts it includes and the backup creation tasks scheduled for that Computer Collection. The containers, domain controllers, and AD LDS (ADAM) hosts whose shortcuts were added to the Computer Collection are not deleted. Deleting a Computer Collection does not delete the backups that were created for that Collection.

Specifying an access account for Backup Agent and backup storage

For each Computer Collection (applicable to all domain controllers within a collection), you can specify a user account that will be used to access the following:

  • Backup Agent that is manually or automatically installed on domain controllers in the Computer Collection.
    The account is used for the following operations:
    • backup creation
    • discover Backup Agent instances or update Backup Agent information
    • install, upgrade or uninstall Backup Agent instances
  • Locations on target domain controllers or UNC shares where backup files created for the Computer Collection are to be saved. For more information on how to specify these locations, see DC Storage tab section in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

These credentials are also used to connect to Active Directory in the following cases:

  • Unpack backups
  • Show or refresh the content of collections that contain containers
  • Operate on collections that contain container-items
    For example: modifying an exclusion list for a container; installing the Backup Agent from a collection menu, collecting diagnostic data, etc.

To specify an access account

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collection for which you want to specify an access account.
  2. From the main menu, select Action | Properties.
  3. On the Agent Settings tab, select the Use the following account to access Backup Agent check box.
  4. Click Select Account, and specify the user name and password of the account with which you want to access Backup Agent, backup storages, and global catalog servers.
  5. When finished, click OK.

You can also specify a separate account that will be used to access the backup storage on the DC Storage tab.

If no access account is specified on the Agent Settings tab and no scheduled tasks exist for the Computer Collection, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use the account under which the Recovery Manager Console is currently running.

If no access account is specified and a backup creation task is scheduled for the Computer Collection, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use the account under which the scheduled task is run. You can view and change this account on the Schedule tab in the Properties dialog box for a Computer Collection. For more information, see Schedule tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

Note: The scheduled task account is not used to access the DC Storage from the agent side. The agent uses a local system account on a domain controller for this operation.

For additional information about the account requirements, please refer Permissions required for the Backup operation.

Adding domain controllers to a Computer Collection

You can add specific domain controllers to a Computer Collection. You can select domain controllers in the details pane after browsing the console tree and selecting the container that holds the domain controllers you want to add. Domains available for a forest are located under the Active Directory/Forest <Name> node; containers are located under domain nodes. You can add forests to the Active Directory node by using the Connect to Forest command on the node’s Action menu. A Computer Collection can hold domain controllers from multiple containers.

To add domain controllers to a selected Computer Collection

  1. Right-click the Computer Collection, point to Add, and then click Domain Controller.
  2. In the Select Computers dialog box, enter the domain controller name or select the domain controller from the list and click OK. The Select Computers dialog box allows you to specify multiple domain controller names.

To add domain controllers to a Computer Collection

  1. Browse the console tree to select the container that holds the domain controllers you want to add.
  2. In the details pane, select the domain controllers you want to add. To select multiple domain controllers, hold down CTRL, and click the domain controllers.
  3. On the Action menu, click Add to Collection.
  4. In the dialog box that opens, select an existing Computer Collection or click New Collection to create and select a new Computer Collection.
  5. In the dialog box, click OK.

Note: Alternatively, you can drag the domain controllers selected in the details pane to the target Computer Collection in the console tree or use the Copy and Paste commands.

You can add domain controllers to a Computer Collection by using an import file that contains a list of domain controller names or IP addresses. Importing domain controllers from a file overcomes the limitations inherent to the Select Computers dialog box and is convenient when you need to add a large group of domain controllers.

An import file is a text file that contains one domain controller name or IP address per line. For example:

123.123.123.123

Domain Controller Name 1

Domain Controller Name 2

213.213.213.213

To add domain controllers by using an import file

  1. Create an import file that contains domain controller names or IP addresses.
  2. Right-click the Computer Collection, point to Add, and then click Import Computers.
  3. Use the Open dialog box to locate and open the import file.

Adding containers to a Computer Collection

You can add containers such as Active Directory domains, sites, or organizational units to a Computer Collection. When a Computer Collection includes a container, it implicitly includes all domain controllers that are in that container. You can select containers in the details pane after browsing the console tree and selecting a node that holds the containers you want to add.

Domains are located under the Active Directory/Forest <Name> node, organizational units are located under domain nodes. You can add Active Directory forests to the Active Directory node by using the Connect to Forest command on the node’s Action menu.

To add a container to a selected Computer Collection

  1. Right-click the Computer Collection, point to Add, and then click Container.
  2. In the Domain box, select the domain that includes the container or type the DNS name of the domain. If you typed the domain name, click Connect to redraw the tree in the Containers box.
  3. Browse the directory tree in the Containers box to locate and select the container.
  4. In the dialog box, click OK.

Note: For a Computer Collection that includes a container, backups are created for all domain controllers in the container, including the newly created DCs that are not explicitly present in the Computer Collection .

Alternatively, you can add containers to a Computer Collection using the following procedure

  1. Browse the Recovery Manager Console tree to select the node that holds the containers you want to add.
  2. In the details pane, select the containers you want to add. To select multiple containers, hold down CTRL, and click the containers.
  3. On the Action menu, click Add to Collection.
  4. In the dialog box that opens, select an existing Computer Collection or click New Collection to create and select a new Computer Collection.
  5. In the dialog box, click OK.

Note: Also you can drag the containers selected in the details pane to the target Computer Collection in the console tree or use the Copy and Paste commands.

To view and modify an exclusion list for a container

This option lets you specify an explicit list of the domain controllers that will not be included in the backup.

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collection that holds the container.

  2. In the details pane, right-click the container and select Properties.
  3. In the Properties dialog box, click Modify.
  4. Select domain controllers that you want to exclude from the Available domain controllers list and click Add.
  5. Click OK.
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