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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

Console Storage tab

This tab includes the following elements:

  • Save Backups on the Recovery Manager Computer or a UNC Share. Select this check box to save backup files either on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer or on the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share you specify. Enter the location for backup files in the Backup file name format box. If you specify a UNC share, backup files will be streamed to that share via the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
  • Backup file name format. Use the provided space to specify format for paths and names of .bkf files where to store backups. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify C:\DIRNAME\%COMPUTERNAME%\%DATETIME%. As a result, backups for different computers will be saved in separate subfolders. In addition, the file name of each backup will be composed of the date and time of the backup creation.
  • Expression. Click this button to specify optional path and file name notations in Backup file name format. You can choose the following expressions:
    • Default backup storage (%BACKUPS%). Path to the default backup storage folder. The default path is as follows: %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory\Backups.
    • Domain (%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
    • Computer name (%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
    • Date and Time(%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
  • Browse. Click this button to locate the folder where backups are to be stored.
  • Sample path and file name matching the specified format. View an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Specify format for backup file name.
  • For each computer, delete all backups except the last <Number>. Select this check box to retain only a limited number of backups for each computer, and then specify the number in question. This check box can be selected only when Recovery Manager for Active Directory stores backups separately. To ensure that Recovery Manager for Active Directory does so, add the %DATETIME% expression to the path or file name in the Backup file name format box.

DC Storage tab

This tab includes the following elements:

  • Save backups on the DC being backed up or a UNC share. Select this check box to save backup files either on the domain controller being backed up or on the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share you specify. Enter the location for backup files in the Backup path or file name format box. If you specify a UNC share, backup files will be directly streamed to that share from Backup Agent installed on the DC being backed up. Backup Agent accesses the DC being backed up and/or the specified UNC share under the account specified on the Agent Settings tab.
  • Backup path or file name format. Use the provided space to specify format for paths and names of .bkf files where to store backups. If you want to store backups on remote computers, the path must include UNC names. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify \\RemoteHost\ShareName\%COMPUTERNAME%\%DATETIME%. As a result, backups for different computers will be saved in separate subfolders. In addition, the file name of each backup will be composed of the date and time of the backup creation.
    • Expression. Click this button to specify optional path and file name notations in Backup path or file name format. You can choose the following expressions:
      • Domain (%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
      • Computer name (%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
      • Date and Time (%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
  • Use the following account to access the backup storage Allows you to explicitly specify a user account that will be used to access the backup storage. This option lets you work with network shares from the different security realm such as Linux shares or Azure Files.
  • Sample path and file name matching the specified format. View an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Specify format for backup file name.
  • For each computer, delete all backups except the last <Number>. Select this check box to retain only a limited number of backups for each computer, and then specify the number in question. To ensure that Recovery Manager for Active Directory does so, add the %DATETIME% expression to the path or file name in the Backup file name format box.

Unpacked Backups tab

This tab allows you to override the global (or default) settings used to automatically unpack backups for all Computer Collections.

On this tab, you can use the following elements:

  • Use global settings. Specifies to use the global settings to automatically unpack each backup upon its creation.
  • Unpack each backup upon its creation. Allows you to configure settings specific to the Computer Collection to automatically unpack each backup upon its creation. In this option, you can specify the number of recent backup creation sessions from which you want to keep unpacked backups for each domain in the Computer Collection or select the domain controllers you need. Other backups created for the Computer Collection will be automatically deleted.
  • Do not unpack backups. Specifies not to unpack backups created for the Computer Collection.

For more information on managing unpacked backups, see Unpacking backups.

Container and site properties

For a container such as an Active Directory domain, organizational unit, or site added to a Computer Collection, the properties are used to specify an explicit list of the domain controllers or AD LDS (ADAM) instances for which backups are not to be created.

To view and modify properties for a container or site

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collection that holds the container or site.
  2. In the details pane, click the container or site, and then click Properties on the Action menu.

The next subsections provide descriptions for the following:

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