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Recovery Manager for AD Forest Edition 10.1 - User Guide

Overview Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console Getting and using help Configuring Windows Firewall Using Computer Collections Managing Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration Licensing
Backing up data
Permissions required for the Backup operation Managing Backup Agent Using a least-privileged user account to back up data Using Managed Service Accounts Active Directory backups vs Windows System State backups Creating BMR and Active Directory backups Using the Backup Wizard 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
Restoring data
Getting started with Active Directory recovery Managing deleted or recycled objects Restoring backed up Active Directory components Integration with Change Auditor for Active Directory 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
Full Replication Consolidating backup registration data Monitoring Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovering an Active Directory forest
Forest recovery overview Deploying Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) Permissions required to use Forest Recovery Console Forest Recovery Console Managing a recovery project Recovery methods Phased recovery Managing Forest Recovery Agent Rebooting domain controllers manually Resetting DSRM Administrator Password Purging Kerberos Tickets Managing the Global Catalog servers Managing FSMO roles Manage DNS Client Settings Configuring Windows Firewall Developing a custom forest recovery plan Backing up domain controllers Assigning a preferred DNS server during recovery Handling DNS servers during recovery Forest recovery approaches Deciding which backups to use Running custom scripts while recovering a forest Overview of steps to recover a forest Viewing forest recovery progress Viewing recovery plan Viewing a report about forest recovery or verify settings operation Handling failed domain controllers Adding a domain controller to a running recovery operation 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 portal Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for using Computer Collections Technical characteristics Best practices for creating backups Best practices for creating backups for forest recovery Best practices for recovering a forest Descriptions of recovery or verification steps Ports Used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (Disaster Recovery Edition) 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 Descriptions of PowerShell commands
Add-RMADBackup Add-RMADCollectionItem Add-RMADFEComputer Add-RMADReplicationConsole Add-RMADStorageServer Backup-RMADCollection Close-RMADFEProject Compare-RMADObject Convert-RMADBackup ConvertTo-RMADRecycledObject Create-RMADStorageManagementAgentSetup Expand-RMADBackup Export-RMADBackup Export-RMADFERecoveryCertificate Export-RMADFEResult Get-RMADBackup Get-RMADBackupAgent Get-RMADBackupInfo Get-RMADBackupObject Get-RMADBackupSecurityStatus Get-RMADCollection Get-RMADCollectionItem Get-RMADDeletedObject Get-RMADFEComputer Get-RMADFEConsole Get-RMADFEDnsCache Get-RMADFEDomain Get-RMADFEEvent Get-RMADFEGlobalOptions Get-RMADFEOperation Get-RMADFEPersistenceConnection Get-RMADFEProject Get-RMADFERecoveryAgent Get-RMADFESchedule Get-RMADGlobalOptions Get-RMADLicenseInfo Get-RMADObject Get-RMADReplicationConsole Get-RMADReplicationSchedule Get-RMADReplicationSession Get-RMADReplicationSessionItem Get-RMADReportObject Get-RMADReportObjectAttributes Get-RMADReportObjectChildren Get-RMADReportSession Get-RMADSession Get-RMADSessionItem Get-RMADSessionItemEvent Get-RMADStorageServers Import-RMADBackup Import-RMADFERecoveryCertificate Install-RMADBackupAgent Install-RMADFERecoveryAgent New-RMADCollection New-RMADFEProject New-RMADFERecoveryMedia New-RMADSchedule Open-RMADFEProject Publish-RMADBackupSecurityStatus Remove-RMADBackup Remove-RMADBackupAgent Remove-RMADCollection Remove-RMADCollectionItem Remove-RMADFEComputer Remove-RMADFERecoveryAgent Remove-RMADFESchedule Remove-RMADReplicationConsole Remove-RMADReplicationSchedule Remove-RMADReplicationSession Remove-RMADStorageServer Remove-RMADUnpackedComponent Rename-RMADCollection Restore-RMADDeletedObject Restore-RMADDomainController Restore-RMADObject Resume-RMADFERecovery Save-RMADFEProject Set-RMADCollection Set-RMADFEComputer Set-RMADFEDnsCache Set-RMADFEDomain Set-RMADFEGlobalOptions Set-RMADFEPersistenceConnection Set-RMADFERecoveryMode Set-RMADFESchedule Set-RMADGlobalOptions Set-RMADReplicationConsole Set-RMADReplicationSchedule Start-RMADFERecovery Start-RMADFEVerification Start-RMADReplication Start-RMADReportViewer Stop-RMADFEWorkflow Update-RMADBackupAgent Update-RMADFEProject Update-RMADLicense

Scheduling project verification

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

To create a schedule for the verify settings operation
  1. In Forest Recovery Console, create or open an existing recovery project.

  2. Click Schedule Verify… on the tool bar.

  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 Schedule Verify… on the tool bar.

  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 Schedule Verify… on the tool bar.

  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 General tab to specify recovery settings.


Selecting backups for recovery

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

The next sections describe each of these methods.


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:

    a. Create or open a recovery project.

    b. On the Forest Recovery Console toolbar, click Backup Criteria.

    c. Select one of the following options:

Automatic backup selection options

Option Description
Use the latest backup, but not older than … days Allows you to use the most recent backup registered with Recovery Manager for Active Directory 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 Not supported for BMR backups. When this check box is selected, Recovery Manager for Active Directory 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 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:

    a. Hold down CTRL, and then click to select such domain controllers in the list of domain controllers.

    b. Open the General tab, and then select the Use backup criteria to automatically select a backup 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 check box, and click the Select button to select a backup.


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