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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

Backup Selection

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

  • Registered backups. Provides a list of registered Active Directory backups for the selected domain. In the list, select the backup from which you want to select Group Policy objects, 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.
  • 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.

In the Group Policy Restore Wizard, you can use backups created by applications that store backups in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF), such as Windows Backup or Veritas Backup Exec.

Unpacked Backups Folder Selection

Use this window to optionally change the folder where Recovery Manager for Active Directory will unpack the selected backup. The Path to store unpacked backups box 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. When the Keep extracted data after completing the wizard 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.

Target Domain Controller

Select Domain Controller

Use this page to specify a domain controller to restore Group Policy. The domain controller must be running and accessible from the network.

  • Domain controller. Specifies the domain controller.
  • Change. Click Change to specify your domain controller by NetBIOS name, DNS name, or IP address in the dialog box that opens.
  • Select an account to restore Group Policy Objects. Specifies the account to access your domain controller.
  • Change. Click Change to specify an account in the dialog box that opens. This account must have permission to modify Group Policy Objects.
  • Click Next to connect to the domain controller and prepare for the restore process (No backup data will be transferred until the restore starts).
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