When the backup is triggered and any specified backup path is not available, no backup is created, neither in the DC storage nor in the Console storage. The backup creation session will fail.
This tab includes the following elements:
Save backups on the backed up DC or a UNC share. Select this check box to save backup files either on the domain controller being backed up or on the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share you specify. Enter the location for backup files. If you specify a UNC share, backup files will be directly streamed to that share from Backup Agent installed on the DC being backed up. Backup Agent accesses the DC being backed up and/or the specified UNC share under the account specified on the Agent Settings tab.
Backup path. Use the provided space to specify format for paths and names of files where to store backups. If you want to store backups on remote computers, the path must include UNC names. The path format may include optional expressions that enable the automatic creation of subfolders. The file name format may also include expressions. For example, you might specify
Expression. Click this button to specify path and file name notations in Backup path or Alternative backup path (optional). You can choose the following expressions:
%DOMAIN%). Name of the home domain of the computer being backed up.
Computer name (
%COMPUTERNAME%). Name of the computer being backed up.
Date and Time (
%DATETIME%). Date and time of the backup creation.
Sample path. View an example of the path and file name that matches the format string supplied in Backup path or Alternative backup path (optional).
Alternative backup path (optional).
According to the Forest Recovery best practices, the RMAD Active Directory backup should be stored on a domain controller. At the same time, the Alternative backup path option allows you to store the same Active Directory backup on remote backup storage. This can be useful if the DC is destroyed and you want to restore it from a BMR backup and the latest Active Directory backup. The retention policy is applied to both backup paths. So, if you set it to 10, and you have both paths configured - it means that there will be 5 backups on DC and 5 backups on the remote storage.
This account is used to access both backup locations. Currently, separate access accounts are not supported.
%DATETIME%expression to the path or file name in the Backup path box.
This tab allows you to override the global (or default) settings used to automatically unpack backups for all Computer Collections.
On this tab, you can use the following elements:
Use global settings. Specifies to use the global settings to automatically unpack each backup upon its creation.
Unpack each backup upon its creation. Allows you to configure settings specific to the Computer Collection to automatically unpack each backup upon its creation. In this option, you can specify the number of recent backup creation sessions from which you want to keep unpacked backups for each domain in the Computer Collection or select the domain controllers you need. Other backups created for the Computer Collection will be automatically deleted.
Do not unpack backups. Specifies not to unpack backups created for the Computer Collection.
For more information on managing unpacked backups, see Unpacking backups.
For a container such as an Active Directory domain, organizational unit, or site added to a Computer Collection, the properties are used to specify an explicit list of the domain controllers or AD LDS (ADAM) instances for which backups are not to be created.
In the Recovery Manager Console tree, select the Computer Collection that holds the container or site.
In the details pane, click the container or site, and then click Properties on the Action menu.
The next subsections provide descriptions for the following:
The Properties dialog box for a domain or organizational unit added to a Computer Collection includes the following elements:
Exclusion list. Lists domain controllers that reside in the selected container for which backups are not to be created when backing up the Computer Collection. In the list, each entry includes the following fields:
Name. Displays the name of domain controller.
Site. Displays the name of the site in which domain controller is located.
Modify. Opens a dialog box that allows you to modify the Exclusion list. The dialog box includes the following elements:
Available domain controllers. Lists domain controllers to be backed up when backing up Computer Collection. To exclude domain controllers from backup, select them in the list, and then click Add.
Domain controllers excluded from backup. Lists domain controllers excluded from backup when backing up Computer Collection. To have Recovery Manager for Active Directory back up domain controllers, select them in the list, and then click Remove.
Add. Adds domain controllers selected in Available domain controllers to the Domain controllers excluded from backup list.
Add All. Adds all domain controllers from Available domain controllers to the Domain controllers excluded from backup list.
Remove. Moves the domain controllers selected in Domain controllers excluded from backup to the Available domain controllers list.
Remove All. Clears the Domain controllers excluded from backup list. After you click this button, the list Available domain controllers will include all domain controllers that are located in the selected OU or domain.