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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

Best practices for recovering a forest

How many Instances of the Forest Recovery Console to deploy?

The Forest Recovery Console must have access to the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition backup registration database containing information about all backups of the domain controllers in the forest. To meet this requirement, you must deploy the Forest Recovery Console on the same computer that hosts the Recovery Manager Console used to create backups of the domain controllers.

You can easily meet this requirement in simple and relatively small environments where you have a single instance of the Recovery Manager Console deployed. However, in complex and large environments the requirement to have a single instance of the Recovery Manager Console (and thus maintain a single forest-wide backup registration catalog) might not be feasible.

For more information on how to consolidate backups created by different instances of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition deployed in your environment, see Consolidating backups from different backup registration databases.

Where to Install the Forest Recovery Console?

The best practice is to install the Forest Recovery Console on a standalone computer. This allows you to avoid situations where a corruption in Active Directory prevents you from using the Forest Recovery Console.

Backing up the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition configuration

Backing up the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition configuration

It is recommended to regularly back up the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition configuration, so that you could quickly reinstall the product and restore its configuration to the last backed up state in case Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition becomes inoperable due to a failure. All the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition configuration data is held in the following location on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition computer:

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory The Recovery Manager Console saves its configuration data in the following files:

  • Erdiskad.mdb. Contains the Recovery Manager Console configuration data, such as computer collections and backup creation sessions.
  • Backups.mdb. Contains the backup registration database that stores information about created Active Directory and ADAM backups.

As a rule, the overall size of these .mdb files does not exceed 10 MB.

The Forest Recovery Console saves all its configuration data in the Forest Recovery Project (.frproj) file.

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