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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

Schedule tab

The Schedule tab is used to specify the backup creation scheduling.

On this tab, you can use the following elements:

  • Backup creation schedule. Displays a list of backup creation schedules for the currently selected Computer Collection.
  • Schedule enabled. Enables the backup creation schedules listed in the Backup creation schedule box. To disable the schedules, clear this check box. All the task schedules are retained, and you can enable them when needed by selecting this check box.
  • Modify. Modifies the Backup creation schedule list. In the dialog box that appears on the screen, specify new triggers or delete existing triggers.
  • User account the product will run under when creating backups. Identifies the user account under which Task Scheduler performs the backup creation task for the currently selected Computer Collection. To change the user account, click Select Account.
  • Select Account. Click this button to change the user account under which Task Scheduler performs the backup creation task for the currently selected Computer Collection.

Alerts tab

The Alerts tab is used to specify the logging settings to be applied when creating backups for the given Computer Collection.

NOTE: SSL data encryption is not supported for email notifications.

On this tab, you can use the following elements:

  • E-mail notification. Specifies whether to send information about backup creation sessions by e-mail.
  • To. Provides a space for you to type a recipient's e-mail address
  • Send notification upon errors or warnings only. Select this check box to not receive notification unless an error and/or warning is written to the log.
  • Text file. Specifies whether to log information about backup creation sessions to an additional text file.
  • File name. Provides a space for you to enter the path and name of a text file to be used as an additional log file.
  • View. Click this button to view the additional log (text file) using Notepad.
  • Browse. Click this button to locate a text file to be used as the additional log file.
  • Append to file if it already exists. Select this check box if you never want to overwrite the log records, and always want to append entries.
  • Write to file upon errors or warnings only. Select this check box if you want a record to be added to the text file upon errors and/or warnings only.
  • What to record. Use this list to select what sort of information you want to be included in the notification e-mail message or written to the text file.

Logging tab

The Logging tab is used to enable the extended logging during backup.

The following options are available:

  • Global settings - Use the default logging settings from the Recovery Manager Console root node: Recovery Manager for Active Directory->Settings…>Logging.
  • Enable - If you select this option, extended logging will be enabled for all domain controllers within the collection during the backup operation.
  • Disable - If you select this option, the log will contain only Warnings and Error messages.

The log files will be created in the %ProgramData%\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory\Logs folder:

  • Agent side (domain controller): ErdAgent.log
  • Recovery Console: ErdServer.log

Performance tab

The Performance tab is used to configure the throttling and performance tuning settings to be applied when creating backups for the given Computer Collection.

On this tab, you can use the following elements:

  • Enable bandwidth throttling. Limits the total bandwidth used by Backup Agent when transferring data over network links. Use bandwidth throttling to prevent excessive network traffic Backup Agent may cause.
  • Maximum network use. Provides a space for you to specify the maximum total bandwidth Backup Agent can use when transferring data over network links.
  • Enable backup agent CPU throttling. Limits the percentage of CPU processing time Backup Agent can use on each computer.
  • Maximum CPU use. Provides a space for you to specify the maximum percentage of CPU processing time Backup Agent can use on each computer.
  • Create backups on at most <Number> computers in parallel. Specifies the maximum number of computers serviced in parallel when creating backups. Increasing this number can speed backup creation. However, network saturation problems may occur. Symptoms of network saturation include slow network response when transferring data by Backup Agent, and possibly “RPC server unavailable” error messages when connecting to Backup Agent.
  • Data compression. Specifies the compression method Backup Agent uses when processing the data before sending it over network links. Using higher compression reduces network traffic, but increases CPU load on the computers being backed up. If you are planning that backups created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory be used by other MTF-compliant backup tools, set data compression to None.
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