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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

How does Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition select a DC to add the global catalog during forest recovery?

How does Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition select a DC to add the global catalog during forest recovery?

When recovering an Active Directory forest, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition adds the global catalog to the DCs that acted as global catalog servers before the recovery, provided that these DCs were successfully restored from backup.

If none of DCs that acted as global catalog servers before the recovery were successfully restored from backup, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition adds the global catalog to the DC which was assigned the schema master role during the recovery.

Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery

How many instances of the Recovery Manager Console to deploy?

To recover your Active Directory forest with the Forest Recovery Console, you can only use backups created with the Recovery Manager Console. In simple environments, it is advisable to have only one Recovery Manager Console deployed. However, this may not be possible in large distributed environments that spread across different physical locations connected by slow links. In this case, you can deploy several instances of the Recovery Manager Console in each main physical location to back up domain controllers there.

You can also deploy several instances of the Recovery Manager Console if you want to

  • Delegate the right to back up individual Active Directory objects and perform online restores to other administrators in your environment, without delegating the right to run forest recovery operations.
  • Back up and restore individual Active Directory objects using backup and restore strategy and schedule specific to those objects.

How many domain controllers to back up?

This depends on the forest recovery method you choose for your environment. For more information about these methods, see Forest recovery methods.

The decision on how many domain controllers to back up (and, therefore, which method to use for forest recovery) depends on the factors like

  • The overall number of domain controllers in Active Directory
  • The size of Active Directory database

With a large number (50+) of domain controllers in the domain and significant size (over 1 GB) of the Active Directory database, it may not be feasible to fully back up system state of all domain controllers in the domain due to storage limitations or time constraints. In this case, you can back up only some of the domain controllers.

A good practice is to back up at least two domain controllers in each domain in the forest. It is recommended to back up the domain controllers that are DNS servers and FSMO role holders.

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