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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

Verifying recovery project settings

To ensure you can recover your Active Directory forest with minimum downtime, it is recommended that you regularly run the verify settings operation on your recovery project. When you run this operation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition connects to the domain controllers in the project, collects their configuration parameters, and then saves these parameters in the recovery project (.frproj) file. The verify settings operation does not modify any data in your Active Directory forest.

After the configuration parameters have been collected, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition checks the recovery project settings against these parameters for any incompatibilities that may affect the forest recovery process. When the verify settings operation completes, you can view a report providing details about any problems found in your recovery project.

Running the verify settings operation on a regular basis allows you to promptly reveal any potential recovery problems and proactively prevent them by making appropriate adjustments to the recovery project settings.

When you run the verify settings operation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition collects and saves the following information from each domain controller in the project:

  • IP addresses of all network adapters
  • IP addresses of all DNS servers on all network adapters
  • DNS names of all FSMO role holders in the Active Directory forest
  • Forest Recovery Agent version installed on the domain controller (if any)
  • Whether the domain controller is read-only (RODC)
  • Operating system version installed on the domain controller

NOTE:

  • Check that the Administrative Share Admin$ exists and is accessible on the target domain controllers to perform the remote Forest Recovery Agent installation.
  • Check that the Administrative Share 'DriveLetter$' exists and is accessible for the disk where the backup is stored on the Recovery Manager Console machine.

Otherwise, the Forest Recovery will fail. For more information, see Installing Backup Agent automatically.

To verify the settings of your recovery project

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. Specify recovery settings in the project.
  3. On the toolbar, click the drop-down toggle next to Verify Settings, select Verify Settings and wait for the operation to complete.
  4. To perform the verify settings operation for the particular domain controller(s), use the Verify Selected DCs option from the drop-down list.

After the verify settings operation completes, you can view a report on the operation results: from the menu bar, select View | Report.

Scheduling project verification

To automate running of the verify settings operation on a regular basis, you can schedule this operation for the recovery project.

Note: You must configure email settings to receive verification results when the scheduled verification task is completed. Otherwise, the project verification on schedule will not work. For more details, see Specifying recovery project settings.

To create a schedule for the verify settings operation

  1. In Forest Recovery Console, create or open an existing recovery project.
  2. Click the drop-down toggle next to Verify Settings on the tool bar and select Schedule Verify Settings....
  3. In the Configure Schedule dialog box, click Modify....
  4. In the dialog that appears, click New... and configure the schedule.
  5. Then you will be able to see a list of configured schedules in the Configure Schedule dialog. The Enable schedule option is selected by default.
  6. To specify a user account for the project verification, click Select account... in the Configure Schedule dialog. If you skip this step, you will be prompted for a user name and password when saving the schedule. You must use the Administrator user account.
  7. Click OK to save the schedule.

To change the project schedule settings

  1. In Forest Recovery Console, open an existing recovery project.
  2. Click the drop-down toggle next to Verify Settings on the tool bar and select Schedule Verify Settings....
  3. To enable or disable the schedule, use the Enable Schedule check box in the Configure Schedule dialog.
  4. To change the schedule, click Modify.....
  5. In the dialog box that opens, configure the new schedule and click OK.
  6. To change the schedule account, click Select account... in the Configure Schedule dialog.
  7. Enter new credentials, then you will be prompted for the account which is currently used for this schedule. Enter the current credential and click OK.
  8. Click OK to save the changes in the Configure Schedule dialog. If you have not changed the account, you will be prompted for the current credentials.

To remove a schedule for the project:

  1. In Forest Recovery Console, open an existing recovery project.
  2. Click the drop-down toggle next to Verify Settings on the tool bar and select Schedule Verify Settings....
  3. Click Modify....
  4. Delete all schedules and click OK.
  5. Click OK in the Configure Schedule dialog and you will be prompted for the current schedule account.
  6. Enter the current credentials and click OK.

Specifying recovery settings for a DC

You can set individual recovery settings for each domain controller in your recovery project. For more information about these settings, see Domain controller recovery settings and progress.

To specify recovery settings for a domain controller

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. In the list of domain controllers, select the domain controller for which you want to specify recovery settings.
  3. Use the Settings tab to specify recovery settings.

Selecting backups for recovery

You can only restore domain controllers from backups created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition. The Forest Recovery Console provides the following methods for you to select backups for recovery:

The next sections describe each of these methods.

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