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