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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


This area provides the following buttons:

  • Verify Settings. Starts the verification of the virtual machine creation settings specified for each source production computer. If any issues are found, you are prompted to resolve them.

  • Create Lab. Starts the virtual test environment creation using the specified settings. This button only becomes available after you have successfully verified the virtual machine creation settings.

  • Enable Network. Use this option to manually enable network adapters in the created test environment.

  • Select DCs. Opens a dialog box you can use to select source domain controllers for which to create virtual machines in your virtual test environment. The source domain controllers you have already selected are displayed in the List of Source Computers.

  • Add Computer. Opens a dialog box you can use to specify a source standalone server from which to create a virtual machine in your virtual test environment. The source standalone servers you have already specified are displayed in the List of Source Computers.

For example, you can use the Add computer button to add DNS servers not integrated into Active Directory, Exchange Servers, or the current computer on which you are using Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

  • Refresh. Refreshes the information displayed in the Active Directory Virtual Lab console.


List of source computers

Lists the source computers for which the Active Directory Virtual Lab creates virtual machines in your virtual test environment using the settings configured on the General, Hardware, and Active Directory tabs.


Virtual machine creation settings and events

Provides tabs on which you can configure settings to create a virtual machine from the selected source computer. You can also view events generated by the Active Directory Virtual Lab during the virtual machine creation.

This area provides the following tabs:


General tab

Provides the following elements:

Target Virtual Machine

  • Name - Use the Name text box to type a name for the virtual machine to be created from the source computer.

Infrastructure -Specify the virtual host and location on the host where you want to place the virtual machine.

  • Storage Policy - For VMware vCenter 6.5 and later, ADVL allows a user to select a storage policy which will be applied to the target virtual machine. The selected policy will be applied to the virtual machine files in the VM Home directory and all virtual disks. When the selected storage policy has encryption as part of its configuration, the target virtual machine will be encrypted.

  • Host name - Specify the host where you want to place the virtual machine. (VMware only) When you have a cluster in the VMware vCenter configuration, the cluster name will be shown in the list instead of cluster hosts when the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) feature is enabled and DRS automation level is Partially or Fully Automated. If DRS cluster is selected, you should specify the shared storage for the managed hosts in the Storage option.

  • User name and Password- (SCVMM only) Type access credentials for connecting to the selected virtual host. The account whose credentials you specify must have sufficient permissions on the target host. For more information, see Permissions.

  • VM folder - (VMware only). Select the folder in which you want to place the target virtual machine

  • Storage - Select a storage in which to place the virtual machine files. You should specify the shared storage if you use VMware DRS cluster. Otherwise, the DRS feature will not work

Source Computer Access. Use the User name and Password text boxes to type access credentials for connecting to the source computer. The account you specify must have sufficient permissions on the source computer. For more information, see Permissions.

Source Computer Details. View detailed information about the source computer selected in the List of Source Computers.


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