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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

Backing up data

Permissions required for the Backup operation

The table below lists the minimum user account permissions required to perform the Backup operation

Table 1: Minimum permissions required for the Backup operation

Task

Minimum permissions

Details

Backing up the AD data using the preinstalled Backup Agent

Membership in the RMAD Backup Operators group

-OR-

Builtin\Backup Operators domain local group

Create the RMAD Backup Operators group before the Backup Agent installation. For more details, refer Using a least-privileged user account to back up data.

If the Ensure Forest Recovery Agent is deployed check box is selected on the Agent Settings tab of the backup collection Properties, the account must be added to the Builtin\Administrators domain local group.

 

Backing up the AD data using the automatically installed Backup Agent

Membershiop in the Builtin\Administrators domain local group

 

This operation is always performed under the Recovery Manager Console account.
Installing the Backup Agent

Membership in the Builtin\Administrators domain local group

-OR-

Domain Admins group

 

Managing Backup Agent

Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs a Backup Agent to back up data on domain controllers and AD LDS (ADAM) hosts added to Computer Collections. For this reason, the Backup Agent must be installed on each computer where you plan to back up data by using Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

For each Computer Collection, you can specify whether you want to use only preinstalled instances of Backup Agent or want to automatically install Backup Agent when necessary. You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory in one of the following ways:

  • Use preinstalled Backup Agent only. When configured this way, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will only use the Backup Agent you manually preinstalled on the computers in the Computer Collection.
  • Use preinstalled Backup Agent and automatically install the agent when necessary. With this method, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use preinstalled Backup Agent if it is present on the target computer. If the Backup Agent is missing, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will automatically install it before backing up data on the target computer, and then will automatically remove the automatically installed agent upon the backup operation completion.

You can specify one of these methods in the Computer Collection properties. For more information, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

In this section:

Installing Backup Agent automatically

You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory to automatically install the Backup Agent on each computer (domain controller and AD LDS (ADAM) host) added to a particular Computer Collection. After you do so, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will automatically install the Backup Agent before backing up a computer where the agent is not preinstalled. When the backup operation completes, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will remove the automatically installed Backup Agent.

If the Backup Agent is already preinstalled on the target computer to be backed up, Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not automatically deploy the agent and uses the preinstalled agent instead.

In order Recovery Manager for Active Directory could automatically install the Backup Agent, the user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory accesses the target Computer Collection must have specific permissions. For more information, see Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

NOTE: Check that the Administrative Share Admin$ exists and is accessible on the target domain controller to perform the remote agent installation.

  • Windows Server automatically creates Administrative Shares. If the automatic creation of shares was disabled (Microsoft KB Article 954422), re-enable the automatic shares creation.
  • Check that Administrative Shares are accessible. For details, see Shared Folders in Microsoft documentation.

To install the Backup Agent automatically

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Locate the Computer Collection that holds the computers on which you want to automatically install the Backup Agent.
  3. Right-click the Computer Collection, and then click Properties.
  4. On the Agent Settings tab, make sure that the Use preinstalled Backup Agent check box is cleared.

For more information about this check box, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

  1. Click OK to close the dialog box.
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