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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

Unpacked Backups Folder Selection

Use this page to optionally change the folder where Recovery Manager for Active Directory will unpack the selected backup.

  • Path to store unpacked backups. Displays the path to the folder currently used to keep unpacked backups. Each unpacked backup will be saved in a separate subfolder of that folder. To leave that path unchanged, click Next. To specify other path, type the path to a new folder or click Browse to select it. When finished, click Next.

Your changes will not affect the default settings for unpacked backups.

Backup Data Preparation

This page enables you to view the progress of the backup extraction. To stop the unpack process, click Cancel. You can also have the wizard keep the extracted data for future use.

  • Keep extracted data after completing the wizard. When this check box is selected, the wizard saves the extracted DIT database in a temporary folder, so you can reuse this information for subsequent starts of the Online Restore Wizard, Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM), or Group Policy Restore Wizard. The temporary folder is specified using the Unpacked Backups tab in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Properties dialog box. When this check box is cleared, the extracted data is erased when you close the wizard. Because the unpacking process is a lengthy operation, you should not close the wizard unless you are sure that no additional objects need to be compared or restored within the current session.

Domain Access Options

Use this page to specify a way the target domain to be accessed.

  • Use agentless method to access domain controller
    When selected, ensures that only LDAP functions are used to access the domain controller. When you leave this check box cleared, the restore is performed using Restore Agent. For more details about agentless or agent-based method, refer Using agentless or agent-based method.
  • Target domain controller
    Displays the DNS name of the target domain controller for the restore operation. By default, the wizard uses the domain controller from which the backup was created. To choose the target domain controller, click Browse, and then complete the Select Domain Controller dialog box.
  • Account used to access the target domain controller
    Displays the user account with which Recovery Manager for Active Directory will access the target domain controller. By default, the wizard accesses the domain controller with the account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory is running. To choose a different account, click Change, and then complete the Select Account dialog box.
  • Automatically configure Windows Firewall
    When selected, the Windows Firewall settings will be configured automatically for the online restore operation.

Objects to Be Processed

Use this page to select Active Directory objects to be processed.

  • Objects. Lists the objects the wizard will process. The Name column displays the object’s distinguished name.
  • Add. Adds objects to the Objects list. Click this button, and then, on the shortcut menu, click Find, Browse, or Import to specify the objects you want to add.
  • Remove. Removes selected objects from the Objects list.
  • Properties. Displays the Properties dialog box, allowing you to view the attribute values of objects you select from the Objects list.

To add objects to the Objects list

  • Click Add, and then complete the steps related to the action you want to perform:

Table 17: Adding objects to the Object list

To do this Complete these steps
Search for objects in the backup
  1. On the menu, click Find.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to search for object.
  3. Once your search completes, under Search results, select the check boxes next to the objects you want to add.
  4. Click OK.
Browse for and select an object
  1. On the menu, click Browse.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to browse for and select the object you want to add.
  3. Click OK.
Import objects from an import file
  1. On the menu, click Import.
  2. Use the dialog box that opens to browse for and select the import file that specifies the objects you want to add.
  3. Click OK.

The import file must have the .txt format. You can specify one object per line in the import file. To specify an object in the file, use one of the following:

  • Distinguished name (DN)
  • sAMAccountName attribute value
  • User principal name (UPN)
  • Logon name

When preparing an import file, you must escape reserved characters by prefixing such characters with a backslash (\). The reserved characters that must be escaped include:

  • ; < > \ " + ,
  • space or # character at the beginning of a string
  • space character at the end of a string

Other reserved characters, such as the equals sign (=) or non- UTF-8 characters, must be encoded in hexadecimal by replacing the character with a backslash followed by two hex digits.

To view values of the object attributes

  • Select an object from the Objects list, and then click Properties.

The wizard displays the Properties dialog box. The Attributes box inside the Properties dialog box lists attributes of the selected object and displays the values each attribute has in the backup and in Active Directory. The elements of the Properties dialog box are defined as follows:

  • Show changed attributes only. When selected, the Attributes list displays only the attributes that have been changed since the time the backup was created.
  • Show all possible attributes. When selected, the Attributes list displays all possible attributes of the selected object.
  • Include attributes with empty values. When selected, the Attributes list includes the attributes that have empty values.

In the Attributes list, each entry includes the following fields:

  • Attribute. Displays the LDAP display name of an attribute. When the value in the backup differs from the value in Active Directory, the attribute is labeled with a red exclamation sign icon. Otherwise, it is labeled with a green tick icon.
  • Value in Backup. Displays the value the attribute has in the backup.
  • Value in Active Directory. Displays the value the attribute has in Active Directory, if the object exists in Active Directory.
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