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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

Managing Backup Agent

Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs a Backup Agent to back up data on domain controllers and AD LDS (ADAM) hosts added to Computer Collections. For this reason, the Backup Agent must be installed on each computer where you plan to back up data by using Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

For each Computer Collection, you can specify whether you want to use only preinstalled instances of Backup Agent or want to automatically install Backup Agent when necessary. You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory in one of the following ways:

  • Use preinstalled Backup Agent only. When configured this way, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will only use the Backup Agent you manually preinstalled on the computers in the Computer Collection.
  • Use preinstalled Backup Agent and automatically install the agent when necessary. With this method, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will use preinstalled Backup Agent if it is present on the target computer. If the Backup Agent is missing, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will automatically install it before backing up data on the target computer, and then will automatically remove the automatically installed agent upon the backup operation completion.

You can specify one of these methods in the Computer Collection properties. For more information, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

In this section:

Installing Backup Agent automatically

You can configure Recovery Manager for Active Directory to automatically install the Backup Agent on each computer (domain controller and AD LDS (ADAM) host) added to a particular Computer Collection. After you do so, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will automatically install the Backup Agent before backing up a computer where the agent is not preinstalled. When the backup operation completes, Recovery Manager for Active Directory will remove the automatically installed Backup Agent.

If the Backup Agent is already preinstalled on the target computer to be backed up, Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not automatically deploy the agent and uses the preinstalled agent instead.

In order Recovery Manager for Active Directory could automatically install the Backup Agent, the user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory accesses the target Computer Collection must have specific permissions. For more information, see Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

NOTE: Check that the Administrative Share Admin$ exists and is accessible on the target domain controller to perform the remote agent installation.

  • Windows Server automatically creates Administrative Shares. If the automatic creation of shares was disabled (Microsoft KB Article 954422), re-enable the automatic shares creation.
  • Check that Administrative Shares are accessible. For details, see Shared Folders in Microsoft documentation.

To install the Backup Agent automatically

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Locate the Computer Collection that holds the computers on which you want to automatically install the Backup Agent.
  3. Right-click the Computer Collection, and then click Properties.
  4. On the Agent Settings tab, make sure that the Use preinstalled Backup Agent check box is cleared.

For more information about this check box, see Agent Settings tab subsection in Properties for an existing Computer Collection.

  1. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Preinstalling Backup Agent manually

You can use the Recovery Manager Console to manually preinstall Backup Agent on the computers added to a particular Computer Collection. Alternatively, you can perform a silent installation of the agent.

To preinstall Backup Agent on all computers in a Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Right-click the Computer Collection that includes the computers on which you want to preinstall the Backup Agent, and then select Install Backup Agent from the shortcut menu.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the Backup Agent installation.

To selectively preinstall Backup Agent on computers in a Computer Collection

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, expand the Computer Collections node.
  2. Right-click the Computer Collection that includes the computers on which you want to preinstall the Backup Agent.
  3. In the right pane, select the items representing the computers on which you want to install the Backup Agent.
  4. Right-click the selected items, and then select Install Backup Agent from the shortcut menu.
  5. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the Backup Agent installation.

To perform a silent installation of Backup Agent

  1. Copy the Backupagent.msi file supplied in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory installation package to the target computer.
  2. On the computer to which you copied the Backupagent.msi file, enter the following syntax at a command prompt:
  3. msiexec /i "\\<TargetCompName>\<Path to the backupagent.msi file>" ERDPORT=<PortNumber> /qn

<TargetCompName> refers to the target computer network name.

<PortNumber> refers to the TCP port number you want Recovery Manager for Active Directory to use to connect to Backup Agent.

By default, the silent installation uses a local system account. To install Backup Agent on a remote DC, this account must have sufficient permissions to access that DC.

Example:

msiexec /i "\\MyDC\temp\backupagent.msi" ERDPORT=3355 /qn

By default, Recovery Manager for Active Directory uses the TCP port 3843 to connect to Backup Agent. If you have specified some other port number, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Recovery Manager Console (snap-in).
  2. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select Recovery Manager for Active Directory, and then click Settings on the Action menu.
  3. On the General tab of the Properties dialog box, select the Connect to the backup agent using specific TCP port check box, and then specify the port number in the Port box.

If you have installed Microsoft Windows Firewall, the specified TCP port must be opened. You have to specify the same port number for all target DCs to be backed up.

Discovering preinstalled Backup Agent

You can use the Recovery Manager Console to discover all Backup Agent instances that were manually preinstalled on computers in existing Computer Collections. After the discover operation completes, you can view and manage the discovered Backup Agent instances by using the Backup Agent Management node in the Recovery Manager Console.

A Backup Agent instance is automatically discovered and added to the Backup Agent Management node only when you use that node to preinstall the agent.

When you preinstall a Backup Agent instance by using any other methods (for example, a silent installation), to display that agent instance in the Backup Agent Management node, you have to run the discover Backup Agent operation.

To discover all preinstalled instances of Backup Agent

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Backup Agent Management node.
  2. From the main menu, select Action | Discover All Backup Agent Instances.

When the agent discovery operation completes, all discovered instances of Backup Agent are displayed in the Backup Agent Management node.

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