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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

Method 1: Automatically select backups based on your criteria

You can use the Forest Recovery Console to automatically select backups for multiple domain controllers in your recovery project. This method allows you to specify a time period, and then automatically select the latest backup created in that period for particular domain controllers in the project.

To automatically select backups

  1. Specify your backup selection criteria:
    1. Create or open a recovery project.
    2. On the Forest Recovery Console toolbar, click Backup Criteria.
    3. Select one of the following options:

Table 26: Automatic backup selection options

Option Description
Use latest backup Allows you to use the most recent backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition for a given domain controller.
Use latest backup created before <Date> and after <Date> Allows you to specify a date range and use the most recent backup from that range for a particular domain controller.
Use backups on DCs whenever possible

When this check box is selected, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition first searches DCs to be restored for backups that meet the criteria you have specified. If no suitable backups found on the DCs, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition will search the Forest Recovery Console computer for backups.

By selecting this check box, you can avoid unnecessary backup file copying from the Forest Recovery Console to the DCs to be restored and thus speed up the recovery process.

  1. When you are finished, click OK.
  2. Specify the domain controllers for which you want to automatically select backups:
    1. Hold down CTRL, and then click to select such domain controllers in the list of domain controllers.
    2. Open the Settings tab, and then select the Use backup criteria to automatically select a backup file check box.

To view which backup was automatically selected for a domain controller, select that domain controller in the list, open the Settings tab, and see the backup file path and name in the Backup file box.

To manually select a different backup, clear the Use backup criteria to automatically select a backup file check box, and click the Select button to select a backup.

Method 2: Manually select backups

This method allows you to manually select any backup for a given domain controller in the recovery project. You can only select from backups registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

To manually select a backup

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. In the list of domain controllers, select the domain controller for which you want to select a backup.
  3. Open the Settings tab, and then click the Select button next to the Backup file box to select a backup.

Using recovery alerts

Recovery alerts provide you with the real-time information about the recovery of domain controllers in your project. You can configure a recovery alert to inform you when particular domain controllers complete the recovery stage you specified in the alert settings.

For a recovery project, you can create and configure multiple alerts, each having different settings. You can also modify settings of existing alerts or delete alerts as necessary. To manage recovery alerts, click the Configure Alerts button on the toolbar of the Forest Recovery Console.

For each alert, you can select one or more domain controllers to which the alert will apply. You can configure an alert to inform you about the completion of one or more of the following recovery stages on the target domain controllers:

Table 27: Recovery stages for which you can use alerts

Recovery stage Description
Prepare to restore from backup During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition verifies that the backup files you selected for recovery are available on the target domain controllers. If necessary, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition copies the backup files that are missing. Also, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition disables Microsoft Windows Update if it is enabled on the domain controllers.
Perform restore from backup

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition performs the following steps:

  • Detect current mode (DSRM or normal)
  • Reset DSRM administrator password
  • Restart domain controller in DSRM
  • Enable domain controller isolation
  • Disable BitLocker
  • Disable custom password filters
  • Restore data from backup
  • Restart domain controller in normal mode
  • Reset DSRM administrator password
Configure domain controller

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition performs the following steps:

  • Get information about domain controller
  • Select preferred DNS server
  • Remove global catalog (if you did not specify to keep the existing global catalog)
  • Raise RID pool
  • Invalidate RID pool
  • Seize FSMO roles
  • Clean up metadata of removed domain controllers
  • Reset the Krbtgt password
  • Reset computer account passwords
  • Enable custom password filters
  • Restart domain controller in normal mode
  • Reset trust passwords
Make domain controller available

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition performs the following steps:

  • Ensure that domain controller isolation is disabled
  • Clean up metadata of unrecovered domains if necessary
  • Change global catalog partition occupancy level
  • Add global catalog (if you did not specify to keep the existing global catalog)
  • Wait for a global catalog server to become available
  • Restore initial global catalog partition occupancy level
  • Enable the use of global catalog for user authentication
  • Enable BitLocker
  • Enable Windows Update (if it was enabled before the recovery)
  • Remove temporary files
Uninstall Active Directory Domain Services

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition uninstalls Active Directory using the native tools provided by Microsoft. For domain controllers running Windows Server 2008 or earlier, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition uses the Dcpromo.exe tool. For Windows Server 2012-based domain controllers, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition uses the native Windows PowerShell cmdlet Uninstall-ADDSDomainController.

Also, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition disables Microsoft Windows Update if it is enabled on the domain controllers.

Reinstall Active Directory Domain Services

During this stage, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition performs the following steps:

  • Select preferred DNS server
  • Wait for a global catalog server to become available
  • Reinstall Active Directory Domain Services
  • Remove temporary files
  • Enable Windows Update (if it was enabled before the recovery)

In this section:

Creating an alert

To create an alert

  1. Create or open a recovery project.
  2. On the toolbar, click Configure Alerts.
  3. In the dialog box that opens, click Create Alert.
  4. Under Alert properties, do the following:
    1. Use the Alert name box to type a descriptive name for the alert.
    2. Use the Alert me about completion of the specified stage list to select a recovery stage.
    3. Under the Use this alert for domain controllers list, click Add, and then select the check boxes next to the domain controllers to which you want to apply this alert. When you are finished, click OK.

By default, the created alert informs you when all specified domain controllers complete the selected recovery stage, regardless of whether or not the stage succeeded. To modify this behavior, complete the next steps.

  • If you want to be informed when any of the domain controllers complete the recovery stage, select the Alert me when any DC in the list completes specified stage check box.
  • If you only want to be informed about the successful completion of the stage, select the Only alert me when specified stage is completed successfully.
  1. Click OK to apply your settings.
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