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Recovery Manager for AD 10.1 - User Guide

Overview Getting started
Permissions required to use Recovery Manager for Active Directory Recovery Manager Console 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 Using Managed Service Accounts Active Directory backups vs Windows System State backups Creating BMR and Active Directory backups Using the Backup Wizard 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 Active Directory components Integration with Change Auditor for Active Directory 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
Full Replication 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 portal Appendices
Frequently asked questions Best practices for using Computer Collections Best practices for creating backups Ports Used by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Backup Wizard Online Restore Wizard Online Restore Wizard for AD LDS (ADAM) Group Policy Restore Wizard Repair Wizard Extract Wizard Technical characteristics Events generated by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Descriptions of PowerShell commands

AD LDS (ADAM) recovery

Recovery Manager for Active Directory provides easy-to-use, wizard-based procedures for recovering AD LDS (ADAM). Individual AD LDS (ADAM) objects or a single subtree can be restored remotely, without the need for an administrator to be physically present at the computers hosting AD LDS (ADAM) instances involved in the restoration.


Granular, selective restore

To achieve near-zero downtime when restoring Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) data, Recovery Manager for Active Directory offers selective, online restore. Individual objects or object attributes can be selected in a backup and then restored to Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) without affecting other objects or attributes. Using the granular restore feature, objects that were inadvertently deleted or modified can be recovered in a few minutes. Unlike conventional alternatives, it is not necessary to restore the entire Active Directory or AD LDS (ADAM) database, nor is it necessary to restart domain controllers or AD LDS (ADAM) service.

As granular restore can be done online, the domain controller is never unavailable to users. Online restore function greatly reduces the restore time, thus eliminating the costs associated with downtime.

One more valuable characteristic of granular online restore is the unattended restoration of linked attributes, such as the Member Of attribute. When recovering a user object with granular online restore, you do not need to worry about group memberships: Recovery Manager for Active Directory ensures that the restored object is a member of the proper groups.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports granular online restore from BMR backups.


Integration with On Demand Recovery

From version 9.0, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can be integrated with On Demand Recovery to restore and undelete on-premises objects that are synchronized with cloud by Azure AD Connect. For more details, please see


Group Policy recovery

One of the key features of Recovery Manager for Active Directory is the ability to quickly recover individual Group Policy objects using a backup of domain controller AD components, eliminating the need for special, Group Policy-related backups. By providing straightforward, wizard-driven procedures for Group Policy restoration, Recovery Manager for Active Directory makes it easy to recover Group Policy information and recoup the time spent configuring Group Policy. Individual Group Policy objects, along with Group Policy links and permission settings can be restored remotely, without the need for an administrator to be present at the domain controllers on which the restore is being performed, and without the need to restart domain controllers.


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