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Recovery Manager for AD 10.0.1 - User Guide

Overview 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
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 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 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 Using Management Shell Collecting diagnostic data for technical support Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory Web Interface Appendices
Frequently asked questions 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

E-mail tab

On this tab, you can configure e-mail notification settings. Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use these settings to send notification e-mails about backup creation sessions.

This tab provides the following options:

  • SMTP server. Provides a space for you to specify the SMTP server for outgoing messages.
  • SMTP port. Provides a space for you to specify the port number to connect to on your outgoing mail (SMTP) server.
  • “From” address. Provides a space for you to specify the return address for your e-mail notification messages. It is recommended that you specify the e-mail address of the Recovery Manager for Active Directory administrator.
  • SMTP server requires authentication. When selected, specifies that you must log on to your outgoing mail server.
  • User. Provides a space for you to specify the account name used to log on to the SMTP server.
  • Password. Provides a space for you to specify the user password.
  • Test Settings. Sends a test notification message to the address set in the “From” address text box. Use this button to verify that the specified e-mail notification settings are valid.

For more information, see Using e-mail notification.

Unpacked Backups tab (global settings)

On this tab, you can specify some global (or default) settings to automatically unpack backups. By default, these settings will apply to all new Computer Collections.

This tab provides the following options:

  • Unpack each backup upon its creation. Specifies to unpack each backup upon its creation. This option will only apply to those Computer Collections whose properties are configured to use the global settings. In this option, you can specify the number of recent backup creation sessions from which you want to keep unpacked backups for each domain in the Computer Collections.
  • Prompt me to keep backups unpacked by wizards. Specifies that the Online Restore Wizard and the Group Policy Restore Wizard will prompt you to keep unpacked backups. Use the Keep unpacked backups list to specify for how long you want Recovery Manager for Active Directory to keep the backups unpacked by the wizards.

    Note: This retention policy will run and remove all expired unpacked backups only after you create a new backup.

  • Unpacked backups folder. Provides a space for you to specify the path to the folder where you want Recovery Manager for Active Directory to keep unpacked backups. Each unpacked backup will be saved in a separate subfolder. Type the folder path or click Browse to locate and select the folder.

DC selection algorithm that is used to select a DC for unpacking

  1. Only one DC backup per domain is chosen for unpacking for each backup session.
  2. Not Read-Only DCs are selected first.
    -OR-
    If there are no Not Read-Only DCs in the domain, all the DCs are supposed to be selected.
  3. If several DCs are selected on the Step 2, DC with the Global Catalog role will be selected among them. If there are several DCs with the GC role, it is unpredictable which backup will be selected then.
  4. The chosen backup (one per domain) is unpacked.

If there is limit for unpacked backups and it is exceeded, the specified number of the oldest backups are deleted. If individual settings are specified for a collection, backups for that particular collection are taken into account, otherwise backups of all collections that use the global settings are taken into account when comparing against the specified limit.

For more information on managing unpacked backups, see Unpacking backups.

Logging tab

On this tab, you can configure diagnostic logging to write detailed information about the activity of Recovery Manager for Active Directory to log files.

This tab provides the following options:

  • Use diagnostic logging. Select this check box to enable diagnostic logging in Recovery Manager for Active Directory. Diagnostic logging produces a set of log files detailing the activity of Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

Diagnostic logging can be resource intensive, affecting overall server performance and consuming disk space. Therefore, it should only be used temporarily when more detailed information is needed to isolate and resolve possible problems or to monitor the activity of Recovery Manager for Active Directory on your server.

  • Log files location. Specifies the location where to create the log files. The default location is %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory\Logs.
  • Create a new set of log files. Use this list to define how often to create a new set of log files. Each new set of log files is placed in a separate subfolder in the log files location.

Ports tab

Ports tab

On this tab, you can specify TCP ports that will be used by Recovery Manager Console to communicate with Backup Agent, Restore Agents and Management Agent.

This tab provides the following options:

  • Connect to Backup Agent using a specific TCP port.
    Allows you to specify the TCP port number that will be used to connect to Backup Agent installed on a target domain controller. If the option is not selected, the default port 3843 is used.
  • Connect to Online Restore Agent using a specific TCP port.
    Allows you to specify the TCP port number that will be used to connect to Online Restore Agent installed on a target domain controller. If the option is not selected, RPC dynamic port range is used by default.
  • Connect to Offline Restore Agent using a specific TCP port.
    Allows you to specify the TCP port number that will be used to connect to Offline Restore Agent installed on a target domain controller. If the option is not selected, RPC dynamic port range is used by default.
  • Automatically configure Windows Firewall
    If this option is selected, Windows Firewall settings will be configured automatically for Offline Restore Agent.
  • Connect to Management Agent using a specific TCP port.
    Allows you to specify the TCP port number that will be used to connect to Management Agent installed on a target domain controller. If the option is not selected, RPC dynamic port range is used by default..
  • Automatically configure Windows Firewall
    If this option is selected, Windows Firewall settings will be configured automatically for the operations performed by Management Agent. Management Agent is used to deploy Backup Agent, Offline Restore Agent and Forest Recovery Agent.
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