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Recovery Manager for AD 10.0.1 - Deployment Guide

Storing backups for granular online or complete offline restores

The following diagram shows the recommended method for storing the backups you plan to use for granular online restores of directory data or complete offline restores of Active Directory:

Figure 2: Backups for Granular Online or Complete Offline Restores

It is recommended that you store such backups in a central backup storage accessible to the Recovery Manager Console via a fast and reliable link. Such a link is required because during a restore operation backup files may be copied or unpacked from the central backup storage to the computer where you are using the Recovery Manager Console.

Storing backups for forest recovery

The following diagram shows the recommended method for storing the backups you plan to use for forest recovery operations:

Figure 3: Backups for Forest Recovery

If you intend to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory to recover the entire Active Directory forest or specific domains in the forest, it is recommended that you store each backup file on the domain controller being backed up. This will considerably decrease the network utilization during backup operations and speed up the recovery process. On top of that, storing backup files on target domain controllers simplifies the permissions required to access those files.

Technical characteristics

This section provides some technical characteristics of the product.

Typical sizes of databases

Configuration database files

Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs the following database files (.mdb):

  • ERDiskAD.mdb. Recovery Manager for Active Directory configuration database. It contains information on the console configuration, such as the managed Computer Collections, backup creation sessions, etc.
  • Backups.mdb. Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database. It contains information on the registered Active Directory and AD LDS (ADAM) backups.

As a rule, the file size for .mdb files does not exceed 10 MB.

Note: The database files are stored in the folder %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

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