When backing up a domain controller, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can also back up the domain-based Distributed File System (DFS) namespace data located on the domain controller. DFS namespace data is backed up as part of SYSVOL. You can use the created backup to recover the domain-based DFS namespace.
Note that Recovery Manager for Active Directory cannot back up the DFS namespace links to the actual folders and files, as well as these folders and files. Also Recovery Manager for Active Directory does not support standalone DFS namespace data.
In Recovery Manager for Active Directory, a backup for a computer or a collection of computers can be created manually, or the creation of backups can be scheduled to occur at a specific time in the future. Backups can be stored in any appropriate location on your network.
When scheduling backup creation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory employs Task Scheduler, which is an integral part of the operating system. You can access the Task Scheduler GUI by clicking Scheduled Tasks in Control Panel. The Scheduled Tasks dialog box displays all tasks scheduled to run on your computer.
Each scheduled task runs under a certain user account. Therefore, you must supply the user logon name and password of a user account when creating a scheduled task. When performing the scheduled backup job, Recovery Manager for Active Directory runs as if that user started it.
The user account under which Recovery Manager for Active Directory is running when creating backups must
Belong to the Administrators local group on the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer.
Belong to the Administrators local group on each computer to be backed up (serviced computer).
When scheduling a backup job, you should ensure that the account whose credentials you are supplying meets the above requirements. If there are no trust relationships established between the domains where the Recovery Manager for Active Directory computer and the serviced computer reside, then no account can satisfy both of the above requirements. To resolve this problem, you can specify a different account to access the serviced computer.
In the “no trust” situation, when scheduling a backup job, you should use an account that meets the first of the above requirements, and configure advanced backup options so that a different account is used for access to the serviced computers, satisfying the second requirement.
With Recovery Manager for Active Directory, you can schedule a backup creation job to run at specific times, either once or at recurring intervals. Only backup jobs for Computer Collections can be scheduled. You can schedule a backup job by modifying properties of an existing Computer Collection or you can use the Backup Wizard to schedule a backup job. When you use the Backup Wizard for backup scheduling, the wizard creates a new Computer Collection, and schedules a backup job for that Computer Collection.
Right-click a Computer Collection and then click Properties.
On the Schedule tab, click Modify.
In the Triggers dialog, click New and then specify the task schedule settings and click OK.
On the Schedule tab, click Select Account and enter the user logon name and password of the account under which you want to run the scheduled task.
When you schedule backup creation, a new scheduled task is created and assigned to the Computer Collection.
Start the Backup Wizard and follow the provided instructions.
On the When to Back Up page, click Later (configure backup scheduling), and then click the upper button labeled Change.
In the Triggers dialog box, click New and then specify the task schedule settings and click OK.
In the When to Back Up window, click the lower button labeled Change and enter the user logon name and password of the account under which you want to run the scheduled task.
Click Next and follow instructions of the wizard to complete the operation.
When you schedule backup creation with the Backup Wizard, a new Computer Collection is automatically created for the computers you have selected in the wizard, and a new scheduled task is assigned to that Computer Collection. Later, you can change, add, or remove backup schedules for that Computer Collection.
You can temporarily disable the backup creation task scheduled for a particular Computer Collection, without affecting the other collections. To do so, on the Schedule tab in the Properties dialog box for that Computer Collection, clear the Schedule enabled check box.