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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

Wizard Operation Mode

Use this page to choose whether to perform a restore along with reporting changes or only compare two Active Directory backups taken from the same domain controller.

  • Compare, restore, and report changes in Active Directory. With this option, the wizard performs per-attribute comparison of selected objects between a backup and Active Directory, and allows you to proceed to the object restore.
  • Compare two backups and report the differences. With this option, the wizard performs per-attribute comparison of selected objects between two Active Directory backups taken from the same domain controller.

Domain Selection

Use this page to view a list of domains for which Active Directory backups are available in Recovery Manager for Active Directory and select the domain where you want the wizard to restore Active Directory objects.

  • Domains. Displays a list of domains for which Active Directory backups are available in Recovery Manager for Active Directory. From the list, select the domain where you want the wizard to restore Active Directory objects, and then click Next. In the next step, the wizard lists available backups of domain controllers for that domain.
  • Register. The Domains list only includes the domains for which Active Directory backups are registered in the backups registration database. To perform a restore to another domain, click Register, and then click one of the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf)).
    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
    • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

Backup Selection

Use this page to view a list of Active Directory backups that are registered in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database for the selected domain, if any, and select a backup.

  • Registered backups. Lists registered Active Directory backups for the selected domain, if any. From this list, select the backup you want the wizard to use, and then click Next. In the list, each entry includes the following fields:
    • Backup Age. Indicates how old the backup is. Active Directory does not allow using a backup whose age exceeds the Active Directory tombstone lifetime (default is 180 days).
    • Created. Displays the date when the backup was created.
    • DC. Displays the computer name of the domain controller; the backup contains directory object data retrieved from that domain controller.
  • Media. Displays the path and name of the backup file.

The list only includes the backups that are registered in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory backup registration database. Recovery Manager for Active Directory allows you to use backups created by applications that store backups in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF), such as Windows Backup or Veritas Backup Exec. To use a backup of this kind, click Register.

  • Register. To register additional backups, click Register, and then click one of the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf).
    • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
    • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

Backup for Comparison (optional)

Use this page to select a backup to compare with the previously selected one. This window appears after you select the Compare two backups and report the differences option on the Wizard Operation Mode page.

  • Registered backups. Provides a list of registered Active Directory backups for the selected domain. In the list, each entry includes the following fields:
    • Backup Age. Indicates how old the backup is. Active Directory does not allow using a backup whose age exceeds the Active Directory tombstone lifetime.
    • Created. Displays the date when the backup was created.
    • DC. Displays the computer name of the domain controller; the backup contains directory object data retrieved from that domain controller. The wizard will connect to the domain controller that corresponds to the entry you have selected.
    • Media. Displays the path and name of the backup file.
  • Register. To register additional backups, click Register, and then click one from the following items:
    • Register Backup File. Registers a Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backup file (.bkf).
  • Register Backups in Folder. Registers all backup files that are in the selected folder.
  • Register Offline Active Directory Database. Registers Active Directory database (ntds.dit file) unpacked from a backup created with third-party backup tools.

Only backups of the same domain controller can be compared. The first of the selected backups must be older than the second one.

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