Using native tools to recover a forest requires numerous and lengthy manual steps repeated on each domain controller in the forest. This process results in a very slow and tedious recovery prone to human error. Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition automates those numerous manual steps not only saving vast amounts of time but also eliminating the risk of human error.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition includes a component called the Active Directory Virtual Lab. This component helps you create virtual test environments from an Active Directory forest. You can use the created test environments to design and evaluate Active Directory disaster recovery scenarios, test planned Active Directory changes before deploying them to production, train your staff to perform Active Directory related tasks, and more.
To create a virtual test environment from an Active Directory forest, you first need to select the source computers (domain controllers or standalone servers) you want to include in the test environment, configure settings to create a virtual machine from each source computer, and then have the Active Directory Virtual Lab create the test environment for you.
When creating virtual machines from the source computers, the Active Directory Virtual Lab uses third-party virtualization software, such as Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), VMware ESX, or VMware vCenter. For a full list of supported virtualization software, see the System Requirements section in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition Release Notes.
You can configure virtualization settings to create virtual machines that maintain all the data available on the source computers, including Active Directory, installed programs, and files. To manage the created virtual test environment, you need to use the native tools provided by the virtualization software with which the Active Directory Virtual Lab created the virtual machines in the test environment.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition automatically and remotely quarantines corrupt domain controllers so that those individual domain controllers won’t replicate with the newly restored environment.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports the data replication between multiple instances of Recovery Manager Console to ensue reliability and fault tolerance in case of any system failure.