[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, and welcome to the second episode of the series Confident, Resilient, Prepared AD Recovery. My name is Connie West. I'm product marketing manager at Dell Software. And I'll be your host for this series.
If you're watching this series, you already know that Microsoft Active Directory plays a central role in the operations of most companies. In the first episode, we talked about the everyday type disasters that can occur with AD in an organization. In this episode, we'll dive a little deeper into some of the more significant types of IT disasters and what organizations are worrying about today.
When AD disasters result in downtime for the entire IT infrastructure, the penalties can be severe, both in the bottom line and in customer reputation. We'll share some of the data we have regarding that, as well as talk about how Dell can help. Joining me today is Keri Farrell, product manager for our Recovery Manager Solutions here at Dell Software. Welcome to the show, Keri.
You know, Keri, the world has changed significantly in terms of IT threats over the last several years. What are people worrying about today?
Well, to be honest, Connie, the world is changing, and people are more focused on cyber attacks. And they're worried about internal and external malicious attacks on their Active Directory environment, whether it be to take information or to take down Active Directory.
You know, that's a lot to worry about. And those disasters certainly sound significant. What about native tools? Can they help with these types of disasters?
Native tools can definitely help with these disasters. The problem with native tools is they just don't go far enough. So you're able to do your forest recovery, but it's a manual process. And you need to have administrators in each location in order to bring your Active Directory back up and running.
Does Recovery Manager for Active Directory help with those kinds of disasters?
Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition does help with those type of disasters. And what it'll do is it'll automate that process. So instead of having those administrators in different locations working on your domain controllers during a forest recovery, when it's a very stressful situation, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition will automate that process. And it'll actually do a recovery of your domain controllers simultaneously, so it'll speed up the process. And then it's also reducing the human error.
Tell me, what advice do you give organizations about preparing for these types of disasters?
The advice I would give corporations today is to have a plan. And I know that the majority of customers do you have a plan. But it needs to be a solid plan. And what I mean by that is you need to have the right people involved.
They can't just be one or two people that write the plan, and you put in the book, and you call it a day. You need to test that plan. You need to update that plan. It's a working document. And I can't emphasize enough, you need to test that plan thoroughly.
Very good. Thanks, Keri. Interesting information. And thanks for sharing. Hey, where can viewers reach you if they have any questions?
As always, I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Keri. Great. Well, that's all we have time for today. And thank you for joining us, Keri.
Keri explained some of the more significant types of Active Directory disasters that can happen and provided some advice about preparing for them. If you want to learn more about how Recovery Manager from Dell Software can help, please visit dellsoftware.com/ad-recovery. Thanks for watching.