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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

Recovering an Active Directory forest

Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console

Table 15: Minimum permissions

Task Minimum permissions
Start and use the Forest Recovery Console

Have Read access to the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database.

Access domain controllers in the recovery project

Have either domain administrator rights or all of the following permissions:

  • Reanimate Tombstone control access right (or be a member of a group that has this access right).

By default, the Reanimate Tombstone control access right is only granted to domain administrators. Domain administrators can delegate the permission necessary to restore deleted objects to other users and groups by granting the user or group the Reanimate Tombstone control access right. A security risk can be introduced by delegating this permission to a user, because it allows the 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 provide the capability to restore the backed up password, and so the user can set the initial password on the account.

  • Write access to each mandatory attribute that needs to be updated.
  • Write access to the Relative Distinguished Name (RDN) and other attributes that need to be updated.
  • Child-creation rights on the destination container for the object class that is to be restored.
  • Write access to universal and domain local groups in all domains in the forest.
Install or uninstall Forest Recovery Agent Be a member of the local Administrators group on the target domain controller.

Сheck forest health if the User authentication; RID Master and GC operation option is selected on the Settings tab in the Check Forest Health dialog.

For more details, refer Checking forest health.

Have either domain administrator rights or all of the following permissions on the container for the test user account:

  • Create/Delete user objects Applies to: This object and all descendant objects
  • Full Control
    Applies to: Descendant User objects

For information about using the Forest Recovery Console, see Forest Recovery Console.

Forest Recovery Console

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition provides a Forest Recovery Console where you can manage and monitor the recovery of the entire Active Directory forest or specific domains.

Where to Install the Forest Recovery Console?

The best practice is to install the Forest Recovery Console on a standalone computer. For more details, see Best practices for recovering a forest.

To start the Forest Recovery Console

  • Complete the steps related to your version of Windows:

Table 16: Starting the Forest Recovery Console

Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2
A later version of Windows
  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs | Quest | Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.
  3. Click Forest Recovery Console
On the Start screen, click the Forest Recovery Console tile.

When opened for the first time, the Forest Recovery Console starts a wizard that helps you retrieve the Active Directory forest infrastructure information and create a recovery project for the forest. For more information, see Managing a recovery project.

The Forest Recovery Console has the following elements:


Forest Recovery Console elements

Element Description
Menu Bar Provides commands allowing you to create, open, save, and manage a recovery project. For more information, see Managing a recovery project
Toolbar Provides buttons for managing the current recovery project. For more information, see Toolbar.
Project Summary Provides information about the current project and allows you to manage active recovery alerts and pauses in the project. For more information, see Project summary.
List of Domain Controllers Provides a list of domain controllers in the current project. You can sort or filter the entries in the list by a number of criteria. For more information, see List of domain controllers.
Domain Controller Recovery Settings and Progress Allows you to manage recovery settings and view recovery progress for the domain controllers currently selected in the list. For more information, see Domain controller recovery settings and progress.
Errors and Warnings

Displays warnings and critical errors, if any, for the recovery project. This area is located in the bottom-right corner of the Forest Recovery Console window.

To view critical errors, point to the red cross. To view warnings, point to the yellow exclamation sign.

The yellow exclamation sign and red cross become available only when there are any warnings or critical errors for you to view.

In this section:

For more information on permissions required to use the Forest Recovery Console and recover an Active Directory forest or specific domains, see Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console.

Toolbar

The Forest Recovery Console toolbar has the following buttons:

Table 17: Toolbar buttons

Button Description
Verify Settings Collects and saves the information to be used for recovery from all domain controllers in the recovery project. Then, checks the project’s recovery settings against the collected information to provide you information about any inconsistencies. For more information, see Verifying recovery project settings.
Start Recovery Starts the recovery operation on the current recovery project.
Continue Recovery Resumes the recovery operation that was automatically suspended at a certain stage. For example, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition may suspend the forest recovery operation to prompt you for an action. The recovery may also be automatically suspended if the restore of a domain controller fails. For more information, see Handling failed domain controllers.
Abort Cancels the currently running recovery or verify settings operation.
Backup Criteria Allows you to specify backup selection criteria to automatically select a backup file for each domain controller you want to restore from backup. For more information, see Selecting backups for recovery.
Configure Alerts Allows you to create, modify, or delete recovery alerts in the current project. For more information, see Using recovery alerts.
Configure Pauses Allows you to create, modify, or delete recovery pauses in the current project. For more information, see Using recovery pauses.
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