Overview of the Forest Recovery console in Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition
A disaster or corruption of your Active Directory® (AD) can literally stop your business in its tracks. That’s why it’s crucial that organizations have a disaster recovery plan in place to mitigate the risk of unexpected AD disruptions.
Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition helps you automate backups and quickly recover everything — from a single object to an entire forest — in the event of a major disaster or corruption. Recovery Manager also simplifies compliance by creating a virtual lab to test disaster recovery plans and provides detailed reporting on the recovery effort.
Restore any object in AD, including users, attributes, organizational units (OUs), computers, subnets, sites, configurations and Group Policy Objects (GPOs). This enables you to significantly reduce downtime, and also gets affected users back to work quickly without restarting domain controllers, eliminating downtime and negative impact on network users.
Restore individual attributes, such as account settings, group memberships and binary attributes, even when the object itself has not been deleted. This enables you to restore only the required attributes without restarting domain controllers.
Easily build a separate virtual forest test lab with production data to test disaster scenarios and safely perform testing prior to making changes in the production domain or forest. Automatically generate detailed, time-stamped reports of the recovery process to summarize the before/after state of the organization as well as actions applied to each domain controller.
Inspect AD for warning signs of possible issues before they become disasters by checking DC accessibility, replication, trusts and user authentication.
Automate forest recovery steps from a central console by automatically and remotely quarantining infected domain controllers, resetting DSRM passwords, simultaneously restoring/recovering domain controllers, and automating other configuration tasks (setting FSMO roles, raising the RID pool, DNS, etc.) to save significant time and effort on recovery.
Generate a detailed recovery process roadmap, including an overview of every stage of the recovery, to gain a better understanding and more control over the project.
Highlight changes made since the last backup by comparing the online state of AD with its current backup or by comparing backups. This accelerates AD recovery by quickly pinpointing deleted or changed objects or attributes. And with Change Auditor , you can easily identify who made the changes.
Minimum: 1.4 GHz (Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster)
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.
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.
SVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher
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:
Targets for backup, restore, or compare operations
Your computer must have all of the following versions installed:
Microsoft SQL Server
One of the following versions is required:
Microsoft SQL Server components
OAll of the following components are required:
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 version 4.0, 3.0 or 2.0
Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5
Microsoft Management Console 3.0
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.
Before installing Forest Recovery Agent on a domain controller, ensure the domain controller meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:
450 MHz or faster
256 MB (1 GB recommended)
50 MB or more
One of the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later must be installed.
Supported virtualization infrastructure - Requirements
Software that must be installed on the Active Directory Virtual Lab computer:
1 GHz or faster
512 MB or more
SVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher
You can install the Recovery Manager Portal on a computer running one of the following operating systems (both x86 and x64 platforms are supported):
To access the Recovery Manager Portal, you can use Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.5, 8.0, 7.5, or 7.0.
Microsoft SQL Server versions
One of the following versions is required:
Required Microsoft SQL Server components
All of the following components are required:
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