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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

Advanced tab

The Advanced tab is used to configure a number of advanced backup settings.

On this tab, you can use the following elements:

  • Store a copy of each backup. Stores a copy of each backup in an alternate location.
  • Specify format for backup file name. Provides a space for you to specify format for paths and names of .bkf files where to store copies of backups. You can use UNC names to store backups in a shared network folder. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify C:\DIRNAME\%COMPUTERNAME%\%DATETIME%.

As a result, copies of backups for different computers will be saved in separate subfolders. In addition, the file name of each backup will be composed of the date and time of the backup creation.

  • Expression. Click this button to specify optional path and file name notations in Specify format for backup file name. You can choose the following expressions:
    • Default backup storage (%BACKUPS%). Path to the default backup storage folder. The default path is as follows: %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory\Backups.
    • Domain (%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
    • Computer name (%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
    • Date and Time (%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
  • Browse. Click this button to locate the folder where the copies of backups are to be stored.
  • Sample path and file matching the specified format. Displays an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Specify format for backup file name.
  • Limit maximum backup time. This option limits the maximum backup session time.

Agent Settings tab

The Agent Settings tab is used to specify settings for Backup Agent and Forest Recovery Agent.

Note: To install Forest Recovery Agent, the account under which Recovery Manager Console is running must be added to the Builtin\Administrators domain local group.

The elements of the Agent Settings tab are defined as follows:

  • Use the following account to access Backup Agent. Allows you to explicitly specify a user account under which you want the Recovery Manager Console to access Backup Agent. When this check box is cleared, the Recovery Manager Console uses the account under which it is running to access Backup Agent. To explicitly specify a user account, select this check box, and then click Select Account to specify the account credentials.
  • Use preinstalled Backup Agent. Allows you to enable or disable the automatic installation of the Backup Agent. The next table explains how Recovery Manager for Active Directory behaves when this check box is selected or cleared.

Table 6: Product behavior

When this check box is selected When this check box is cleared

Recovery Manager for Active Directory backs up only those computers where the Backup Agent is preinstalled manually.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not automatically install the Backup Agent on the computers in the Computer Collection.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory automatically installs the Backup Agent before backing up a computer where the agent is not preinstalled manually.

When the backup operation completes, Recovery Manager for Active Directory removes the automatically installed Backup Agent.

If the Backup Agent was manually preinstalled on the computer to be backed up, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use that agent to back up data on the computer. Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not remove preinstalled Backup Agent after the backup operation completes.

For more information on how to install, update, and uninstall the Backup Agent or discover the Backup Agent instances that were manually preinstalled in your environment, see Managing Backup Agent.

  • Automatically configure Windows Firewall. Select this check box to have Recovery Manager for Active Directory automatically configure Windows Firewall on target Windows Server 2008-based or Windows Server 2012-based DCs, so that Recovery Manager for Active Directory can back up these DCs.
  • Ensure Forest Recovery Agent is deployed. Select this check box if you want the application to verify whether Forest Recovery Agent is installed on each domain controller the Collection includes. The application reinstalls Forest Recovery Agent, if necessary. For more information, see Using Forest Recovery Agent.

Console Storage tab

This tab includes the following elements:

  • Save Backups on the Recovery Manager Computer or a UNC Share. Select this check box to save backup files either on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer or on the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share you specify. Enter the location for backup files in the Backup file name format box. If you specify a UNC share, backup files will be streamed to that share via the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
  • Backup file name format. Use the provided space to specify format for paths and names of .bkf files where to store backups. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify C:\DIRNAME\%COMPUTERNAME%\%DATETIME%. As a result, backups for different computers will be saved in separate subfolders. In addition, the file name of each backup will be composed of the date and time of the backup creation.
  • Expression. Click this button to specify optional path and file name notations in Backup file name format. You can choose the following expressions:
    • Default backup storage (%BACKUPS%). Path to the default backup storage folder. The default path is as follows: %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Quest\Recovery Manager for Active Directory\Backups.
    • Domain (%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
    • Computer name (%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
    • Date and Time(%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
  • Browse. Click this button to locate the folder where backups are to be stored.
  • Sample path and file name matching the specified format. View an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Specify format for backup file name.
  • For each computer, delete all backups except the last <Number>. Select this check box to retain only a limited number of backups for each computer, and then specify the number in question. This check box can be selected only when Recovery Manager for Active Directory stores backups separately. To ensure that Recovery Manager for Active Directory does so, add the %DATETIME% expression to the path or file name in the Backup file name format box.

DC Storage tab

This tab includes the following elements:

  • Save backups on the DC being backed up or a UNC share. Select this check box to save backup files either on the domain controller being backed up or on the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share you specify. Enter the location for backup files in the Backup path or file name format box. If you specify a UNC share, backup files will be directly streamed to that share from Backup Agent installed on the DC being backed up. Backup Agent accesses the DC being backed up and/or the specified UNC share under the account specified on the Agent Settings tab.
  • Backup path or file name format. Use the provided space to specify format for paths and names of .bkf files where to store backups. If you want to store backups on remote computers, the path must include UNC names. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify \\RemoteHost\ShareName\%COMPUTERNAME%\%DATETIME%. As a result, backups for different computers will be saved in separate subfolders. In addition, the file name of each backup will be composed of the date and time of the backup creation.
    • Expression. Click this button to specify optional path and file name notations in Backup path or file name format. You can choose the following expressions:
      • Domain (%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
      • Computer name (%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
      • Date and Time (%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
  • Use the following account to access the backup storage Allows you to explicitly specify a user account that will be used to access the backup storage. This option lets you work with network shares from the different security realm such as Linux shares or Azure Files.
  • Sample path and file name matching the specified format. View an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Specify format for backup file name.
  • For each computer, delete all backups except the last <Number>. Select this check box to retain only a limited number of backups for each computer, and then specify the number in question. To ensure that Recovery Manager for Active Directory does so, add the %DATETIME% expression to the path or file name in the Backup file name format box.
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