When restoring an object, such as a user or computer, the Online Restore Wizard allows the restore of the object’s membership in all groups, including those groups that reside in domains outside the object’s home domain. This requires a backup that meets the following requirements:
It is recommended that you restore objects from Global Catalog backups that were created with this option. Otherwise, restored objects may not retrieve their membership in some local groups. For example, suppose a user belongs to a local group defined in a resource domain other than the user’s home domain. If the restored user object were to lose its membership of that group, the user would no longer have the corresponding group permissions, and would therefore be unable to access some resources. This option is designed to overcome such issues.
To restore cross-domain group membership information
With the Online Restore Wizard, you can perform a restore without having administrative access to the target domain controller. To restore object attributes, you must only have write access to the attributes being restored.
Restoration of deleted objects requires a target domain controller running Windows Server 2008 or later. To restore a deleted object, the user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory runs must have sufficient permissions to selectively recover Active Directory objects. For more information about these permissions, see Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
To perform a restore without having administrator privileges
By default, the “Reanimate Tombstone” control access right is granted only to domain administrators. Domain administrators can grant the permission necessary to restore deleted objects to other users and groups by granting the user or group the “Reanimate Tombstone” control access right.
Warning: A security risk can be introduced by granting this permission, because it allows a user to restore an account that may have a level of access greater than that of the user. By restoring such an account, the user in effect gains control of that account. This is because the LDAP API does not restore the backed up account password, and so the user can set the initial password on the account.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory provides a number of reports that allow you to track changes made to Active Directory, AD LDS (ADAM), and Group Policy objects and view summary information about the compare and restore operations performed on Active Directory and AD LDS (ADAM) objects with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.
To generate and view these reports, you can use the Online Restore Wizard, the Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM), and the Group Policy Restore Wizard.
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The Online Restore Wizard provides reports that allow you to track changes of Active Directory (AD) objects by comparing the state of objects in backup and in Active Directory. You can also compare AD objects held in two backups.
You can generate and view a detailed report about a particular compare or restore operation that Recovery Manager for Active Directory performed on AD objects. Alternatively, you can generate and view a summary of all compare and restore operations performed with Recovery Manager for Active Directory on AD and AD LDS (ADAM) objects. Performing a compare operation on an AD or AD LDS (ADAM) object does not modify that object in any way.
To generate and view a report on AD objects
You can use the Expand all or Collapse all element provided in the report to expand or collapse all object entries displayed in the report.
To view a summary of all compare and restore operations that Recovery Manager for Active Directory performed on AD and AD LDS (ADAM) objects, click the View Summary Report button at the bottom of the report window.