Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition

Simplifies restoration from an Active Directory forest disaster

Recover Active Directory forest configuration and data with ease

Quickly restore your entire domain or AD forest in the event of a major disaster or AD corruption. Forest Edition greatly reduces downtime by selecting unaffected backups and then quarantining the damaged environment. The steps required to facilitate the recovery are automated, saving your organization lost productivity and revenue.

Requirements for recovering a domain or forest are simplified by leveraging the backups from Recovery Manager for Active Directory. You also have the option to restore some DCs from backup and others through demoting and re-promoting them with DCPromo, which aligns closely with Microsoft’s native forest recovery approach.

Features

  • Automation – Automates forest recovery steps from a single console, including the ability to quarantine infected domain controllers, reset DSRM passwords, simultaneously restore/recover domain controllers, and automate other configuration tasks like setting the FSMO roles, raising the RID pool, DNS, etc.
  • Flexible recovery pacing – Creates pauses to suspend the recovery process at any time during the forest recovery.
  • Online delegated granular restore – Restores directory objects without restarting domain controllers.
  • Comparison reporting – Highlights changes made to the directory data since the last backup by using reports that compare the online state of AD with its backup. You can also make comparisons between different backups. If you’re running ChangeAuditor, the comparison reports will also let you know who made the changes. Deleted or changed objects, including attributes, are displayed in reports.
  • Comprehensive recovery options – Enables you to restore any object in AD, including users, groups, organizational units (OUs), computers, subnets, sites, configuration, Exchange storage groups and Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  • Attribute-level restore – Even when the object itself has not been deleted, you can still restore individual attributes, such as account settings, group memberships and binary attributes. This enables you to restore only the required attributes without affecting other attributes.
  • Remote quarantine – Allows you to automatically and remotely quarantine corrupt domain controllers so they won’t replicate with the newly restored environment.
  • Recovery planning – Generates a detailed recovery process roadmap. This overview of every recovery stage and operation allows you to gain a better understanding and more control of every aspect of the process.
  • Simultaneous system recovery – Restores domain controllers in your domain or forest simultaneously from one central console. This eliminates the need to manually interface with each domain controller separately, saving a significant amount of time and effort.
  • AD management and health – Validates the health of Active Directory for warning signs of possible AD issues before they become disasters, including DC accessibility, replication, trusts and user authentication. Resets DSRM admin password and manages FSMO roles, GCs and DNS.
  • Virtual lab environment – Builds a separate virtual forest test lab with production data to test forest disaster scenarios and safely perform testing prior to making changes in the production domain or forest.
  • Consolidated backups – Speeds your time to resolution by enabling you to consolidate backups created by different Recovery Manager Console instances.
  • Diagnostic data collection – Enables you to collect diagnostic data from all domain controllers in your recovery project by using the Forest Recovery Console as a central location. You no longer have to interface with each domain controller individually to collect logs and other AD data in order to determine the cause of a recovery failure or determine why Active Directory is not functioning properly.

Specifications

Before installing Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

ProcessorMinimum: 1.4 GHz

Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster

Memory
(overall RAM)
Minimum: 1 Gb

Recommended: 2 Gb

These figures apply only if the Active Directory domains managed by Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition include 1 million objects or less.
Increase RAM size by 512 MB for every additional 1 million objects.

Hard Disk Space

x86 system

Full installation including the prerequisite software: 1.5 2.0 GB of free
disk space

In case all the prerequisite software is already installed: 230 MB of free
disk space

x64 system

Full installation including the prerequisite software: 2.7 GB of free disk
space

In case all the prerequisite software is already installed: 210 MB of free
disk space

Note: Additional storage space is required for a backup repository, at least the size of the backed-up Active Directory database file (Ntds.dit) and the SYSVOL folder plus 40MB for the transaction log files.

DisplaySVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher
Operating SystemInstallation
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows 8 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows 7 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3
When installed on a Windows XP-, Windows Server 2003-, or Windows Server 2003 R2-based computer, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition does not support working with the following:
  • Domain controllers or AD LDS (ADAM) hosts running Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2
  • AD LDS (ADAM) hosts running Windows 8 or 8.1

Targets for backup, restore, or compare operations

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with or without any Service Pack (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2

 

Microsoft .NET Framework Your computer must have all of the following versions installed:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1
Microsoft SQL Server and Its Components Microsoft SQL Server

One of the following versions is required:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Express, or Developer Edition)

 

Microsoft SQL Server components

All of the following components are required:

  • Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Transact-SQL ScriptDom
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data-Tier Application Framework
 

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

To display reports, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition can integrate with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SRSS) 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2014.

Microsoft Windows PowerShell Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 4.0, 3.0 or 2.0
Microsoft Windows InstallerMicrosoft Windows Installer 4.5
Microsoft Management ConsoleMicrosoft Management Console 3.0
Integration with ChangeAuditor
for Active Directory
To provide information on who modified particular Active Directory objects, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can integrate with the following versions of ChangeAuditor for Active Directory: 5.6, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0, 4.9, 4.8, 4.7, 4.6, and 4.5.

If any prerequisite software is not installed, the Setup program automatically installs it for you before installing Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition. If the prerequisite software to be installed is not included in this release package, it is automatically downloaded.

Forest Recovery Agent

Before installing Forest Recovery Agent on a domain controller, ensure the domain controller meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Processor450 MHz or faster
Memory
( overall RAM)
256 MB (1 GB recommended)
Hard Disk Spacex86 system: 850 MB or more
x64 system: 2 GB or more
Display50 MB or more
Operating SystemOne of the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with or without any Service Pack (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
Prerequisite SoftwareMicrosoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later must be installed.

Active Directory Virtual Lab

Supported virtualization infrastructureRequirements
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012
without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1
Software that must be installed on the Active Directory Virtual Lab computer:
  • SCVMM Console (version supplied with the SCVMM you plan to use)
VMware vCenter/ESX Server 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5
  • vCenter Converter must be installed in your environment using the Client-Server installation setup option.
  • vCenter Converter must be accessible to the Active Directory Virtual Lab.

Recovery Manager Portal

Processor1 GHz or faster
Memory
(overall RAM)
512 MB or more
Hard Disk Spacex86 system: 850 Mb or more

x64 system: 2 Gb or more
MonitorSVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher
Operating SystemInstallation
You can install the Recovery Manager Portal on a computer running one of the following operating systems (both x86 and x64 platforms are supported):
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 or later
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 or later
Web Browser To access the Recovery Manager Portal, you can use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Microsoft .NET Framework Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
Microsoft Internet Information Server
(IIS)

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.5, 8.0, 7.5, or 7.0.
 

Microsoft SQL Server and its components

Microsoft SQL Server versions

One of the following versions is required:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition )
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)

Required Microsoft SQL Server components

All of the following components are required:
  • Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Transact-SQL ScriptDom
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Data-Tier Application Framework

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Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition

Take a tour of key functionality in Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition interface to experience its capabilities and ease of use.

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Forest Recovery Console

Forest Recovery Console

Recovery Manager provides a central console to manage your entire forest recovery.

Check Forest Health

Check Forest Health

Validate the health of your Active Directory forest and manage domain settings.

Active Directory Virtual Lab

Active Directory Virtual Lab

Create a virtual lab using production data with the Active Directory Virtual Lab wizard.

Active Directory Virtual Lab

Active Directory Virtual Lab

The Active Directory Virtual Lab wizard utilizes existing third-party virtualization software.