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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

Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory Web Interface

About Recovery Manager Portal

The Recovery Manager Portal implements a Web interface that allows you to do the following:

  • Access the search and restore functionality of Recovery Manager for Active Directory via a Web browser.
  • Delegate permissions to restore or undelete Active Directory objects to specific users or groups in your Active Directory forest.
  • Monitor the health of Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances deployed in your environment.
  • View a history of backups created by a specific Recovery Manager for Active Directory instance.

The Recovery Manager Portal enables intranet users to use a Web browser to access the search and restore functionality provided by Recovery Manager for Active Directory. Through the Recovery Manager Portal, the users can search for and restore objects from the unpacked Active Directory backups created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory. You can configure the Recovery Manager Portal to work with multiple instances of Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

To access a Recovery Manager for Active Directory instance, the Recovery Manager Portal requires a service called the Recovery Manager Remote API Access. This service is supplied with Recovery Manager for Active Directory and must be installed and running on each computer hosting the Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances whose Active Directory backups you want to make available to the Recovery Manager Portal users.

Installing Recovery Manager Portal

You can install the Recovery Manager Portal on any domain-joined computer, including the one where Recovery Manager for Active Directory is installed. To install the Recovery Manager Portal, you must be a local administrator on the target computer.

To install the Recovery Manager Portal

  1. Ensure the computer on which you plan to install the Recovery Manager Portal meets the system requirements in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Release Notes.
  2. Run the RecoveryManagerPortal.exe file supplied with the Recovery Manager for Active Directory installation package.
  3. From version 8.7, Recovery Manager Portal can be run under Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2008 or higher) or Group Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2012 or higher). If you specify the MSA or gMSA account, add the '$' character at the end of the account name (e.g. domain\computername$) and leave the Password field blank (on the Specify Web Site Settings step of the wizard).

    Note:

    • The Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2008 or higher) or Group Managed Service Account (in Windows Server 2012 or higher) must be a member of the local Administrator group on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory machine.
    • In case of MSA or gMSA account, Recovery Manager Portal supports only Windows authentication to access the SQL Server databases.
  4. Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the portal installation.
    Take note of the Web site and virtual directory you specify in the wizard, because they make up the URL at which users can access the Recovery Manager Portal, as follows:
    http://<WebSite>/<VirtualDirectory>
  5. After you complete the Setup Wizard, finalize the installation by logging off and then logging back on to the Recovery Manager Computer.

Once you have installed the Recovery Manager Portal, you need to configure it for working with the Recovery Manager for Active Directory instances deployed in your environment. For details, see Configuring portal for working with Recovery Manager for Active Directory.

Connecting to Recovery Manager Portal

Before connecting to the Recovery Manager Portal for the first time, log out, and then log back on to the computer where you have installed the Recovery Manager Portal.

To connect to the Recovery Manager Portal

  • Start your Web browser, and then go to the following URL:

http://<WebSite>/<VirtualDirectory>/

Substitute the Web site and virtual directory names specified during the Recovery Manager Portal installation for the <WebSite> and <VirtualDirectory> placeholders.

For example, if the Recovery Manager Portal site is installed on the computer named Comp to the virtual directory RecoveryManagerPortal in the default Web site, to access the Recovery Manager Portal, you need to go to http://Comp/RecoveryManagerPortal.

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