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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

Configuring advanced settings

You can change a number of advanced settings of the Forest Recovery Console. To do so, you need to modify the FRConsoleSettings.xml file that stores these advanced settings. You can find this file in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition installation folder (by default, this is %ProgramFiles%\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition).

The changes you make in the FRConsoleSettings.xml file become effective right after you save the file. You do not need to restart the Forest Recovery Console.

The FRConsoleSettings.xml file includes the following XML elements you can modify:

Table 24: XML elements

XML Element Description
SkipUnmodifiedFilesDuringRecovery

Enables or disables skipping the files that are identical on the domain controller and in the backup during restore operations. This element can take one of the following values:

  • TRUE. Enables skipping the files.
  • FALSE. Disables skipping the files.
PasswordsLength Sets the length (in characters) for the passwords automatically generated by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.
 

PasswordsSymbols Allows you to specify what symbols you want to use in the passwords automatically generated by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.

This element can take the following values:

  • Latin. Specifies to use English letters.
  • Number. Specifies to use Arabic numerals. • Upper. Specifies to use uppercase English letters.
  • Lower. Specifies to use lowercase English letters.
  • All. Specifies to use all of the above-listed characters.

You can specify multiple values in this element. When specifying multiple values, use a pipe (|) as a separator.

Example:

Latin | Number | Upper | Lower

MaximumBackupAgeInDays Specifies the maximum age (in days) of the backups to be displayed on the GUI. Backups whose age exceeds the specified value will not be displayed.
DisableSystemPauses Do not change the value in this element. This element is for internal use only.
EnablePersistence

Enables or disables the Recovery Persistence feature. This element can take one of the following values:

  • TRUE. Enables the Recovery Persistence feature.
  • FALSE. Disables the Recovery Persistence feature.
DaysBetweenProjectUpdates Sets the maximum number of days between the updates of a recovery project. When the specified value is exceeded for a project, the Forest Recovery Console displays a warning.
SelectDnsTimeout Setsa timeout for the DNS server search operation performed during a forest or domain recovery. Use the format hh:mm:ss.
DiagnosticsDataPath Specifies the default location on the Forest Recovery Console computer for storing diagnostic data gathered with the Diagnostic Data Collector.
TargetGcOccupancyLevel

Sets the global catalog partition occupancy level value to be used when advertising a rebuilt GC fast.

This element can take one of the following values:

  • 0. No occupancy requirement.
  • 1. At least one read-only partition in site added by Knowledge Consistency Checker.
  • 2. At least one partition in site fully synchronized.
  • 3. All read-only partitions in site added by Knowledge Consistency Checker, at least one synchronized.
  • 4. All partitions in site fully synchronized.
  • 5. All read-only partitions in forest added by the Knowledge Consistency Checker, at least one synchronized.
  • 6. All partitions in forest fully synchronized.
EnsuresSingleInstance

Allows you to restrict the number of Forest Recovery Console instances that can be run simultaneously on this computer.

This element can take one of the following values:

  • TRUE. Only one instance of Forest Recovery Console can be run at a time.
  • FALSE. The number of Forest Recovery Console instances that can be run simultaneously is unlimited.
RidPoolIncreaseValue Specifies the value by which to raise the number of available RID pools.

If necessary, you can revert to the default values in the FRConsoleSettings.xml file.

To revert to the default values

  1. Delete the FRConsoleSettings.xml file.
  2. Restart the Forest Recovery Console on the computer on which you deleted the file in step 1.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition recreates the FRConsoleSettings.xml file and assigns default values to the elements in the file.

Managing a recovery project

A recovery project is where you manage the recovery of the entire Active Directory forest or specific domains. Each recovery project contains a list of domain controllers to be recovered and their recovery settings, such as recovery method and access credentials. You can specify individual recovery settings for each domain controller in a recovery project. A recovery project also has a number of project-specific settings you can modify.

Each recovery project is saved to an individual project (.frproj) file. A project (.frproj) file holds information about the contents and settings of the project and the recovery settings specified for the DCs in the project. In this section:

Creating a recovery project

To create a new recovery project, you can use a New Recovery Project Wizard. This wizard helps you retrieve the Active Directory forest infrastructure information and save it in a recovery project (.frproj) file.

The wizard offers you the following methods to retrieve the forest infrastructure information:

  • Retrieve the forest infrastructure information from an Active Directory backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.
  • Connect to any available live domain controller in the forest to retrieve the forest infrastructure information.

To create a new recovery project

  1. On the menu bar, select File | New Project.
  2. On the Retrieving the Forest Infrastructure page of the wizard, click one of the following:
    • Select a Backup. Allows you to retrieve the forest infrastructure information from an Active Directory backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition. You can register the backup using Recovery Manager Console or directly from this page. For that, click the Register Backup option.
    • Connect to Forest. Allows you to connect to a live domain controller and retrieve the forest infrastructure information from the Active Directory database held on that domain controller.
  3. On the The following forest information has been collected step, specify the domains you want to include in the recovery project.
  4. On the next step, specify the project file and protection password for the file.
  5. Click Finish to complete the project creation.

The title bar of the Forest Recovery Console displays the name of the project (.frproj) file you have created.

Note: Each recovery project must be protected with a password. When prompted, set a protection password for your project and make sure you keep the password for your records.

Opening a recovery project

To open an existing recovery project

  1. On the menu bar, select File | Open Project.
  2. Browse to select the project (.frproj) file you want to open, and then click Open. The title bar of the Forest Recovery Console displays the name of the project (.frproj) file you have opened.
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