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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

Restoring data from third-party backups

Recovery Manager for Active Directory provides for restoration of Active Directory data from backups created by other applications if these backups are stored in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF). Such backups of domain controllers' System State can be created, for example, Veritas Backup Exec. Depending on your needs, you can use the Online Restore Wizard, the Group Policy Restore Wizard, the Repair Wizard, or the Extract Wizard to restore data.

To restore data from backups created by other applications

  1. Start the wizard you want to use and follow the instructions in the wizard.
  2. To register a backup in the Online Restore Wizard or the Group Policy Restore Wizard, on the Backup Selection page, click Register, and then click one from the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf).
    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
    • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

To register a backup in the Repair Wizard, on the Computer and Backup Selection page, click Register, and then click one from the above-listed items.

  1. Select the newly registered backup and follow the wizard instructions to walk through the restore process.

Snapshot backups (that is, backups created using the Volume Shadow Copy service) are not supported by the Repair Wizard. By default, Veritas Backup Exec 9.0 or later uses the Volume Shadow Copy service when creating System State backups. However, you can restore Active Directory data from snapshot backups using the Online Restore Wizard and Group Policy Restore Wizard. The Extract Wizard also supports snapshot backups.

Using the Extract Wizard

The Extract Wizard allows you to restore previously backed up files to a specified folder (an alternate location).

Restoring backed up files to an alternate location allows you to use the files as a standalone data source, or to replace existing files on a given computer. The wizard lets you select a backup, choose the components to be extracted from that backup, and specify the destination folder. Then, the wizard guides you through the extract operation.

The Extract Wizard can help you to perform an authoritative restore of the SYSVOL. For more information, see Restoring SYSVOL authoritatively.

Also you can use the Extract Wizard in conjunction with the Install from Media (IFM) feature of Windows to create a domain controller. IFM allows you to create an additional domain controller using a restored backup of another domain controller. The restored backup can be held on any backup media (tape, CD, or DVD) or on a shared network resource. A restored backup makes it possible to set up an additional domain controller in an existing domain without replicating the entire directory database to the new domain controller.

With the Extract Wizard, you can restore a backup of a domain controller’s System State to a specified folder. Then, using the restored backup files, you can create a new domain controller, as described in the following sections:

Creating a Windows Server 2008-based domain controller from a backup

This section describes how to create a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2-based domain controller from a backup by using the Install from Media (IFM) feature of Windows and the Extract Wizard.

To create a domain controller, complete these steps:

Step 1: Create and extract a backup

  1. Create a backup of a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2-based domain controller’s System State.

Make sure you select and back up all System State components. To create a backup, you can use the Backup Wizard.

  1. Start the Extract Wizard and follow the steps in the wizard.
  2. On the Backup Selection page, select the backup you created in step 1 of this procedure.
  3. On the Folder Selection page, specify the path to the folder where you want to place the extracted backup files.
  4. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the extract operation.
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