Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition

Full Forest Disaster Recovery for Active Directory

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition quickly restores your entire domain or forest in the event of a major disaster or AD corruption. By selecting unaffected backups, quarantining the damaged environment and automating all the manual steps required to facilitate the recovery, Forest Edition greatly reduces downtime to save your organization lost productivity and lost revenue.

By leveraging the backups from Recovery Manager for Active Directory, the Forest Edition extends the value by simplifying the requirements for recovering a domain or forest in the event of a major disaster. This process is closely aligned with Microsoft’s native forest recovery approach and provides the option to restore some DCs from backup and others through demoting and re-promoting them with DCPromo.

Features

  • Automation – From a central console, automate forest recovery steps including quarantining infected domain controllers, resetting DSRM passwords, simultaneously restoring/recovering domain controllers, and automating other configuration tasks like setting the FSMO roles, raising the RID pool, DNS, etc.
  • Flexible Recovery Pacing – Create pauses in your forest recovery project to suspend the recovery process at any time during the forest recovery.
  • Online delegated granular restore – Restore directory objects without the need to restart domain controllers.
  • Comparison reporting – Use reports that compare the online state of AD with its backup, highlighting changes made to the directory data since the backup. Comparisons can also be made between different backups. Reports display the objects that were deleted or changed, including attributes. If you’re running Dell™ ChangeAuditor™, the comparison reports will also include who made the changes.
  • Comprehensive recovery options – Take advantage of the only solution of its kind that enables you to restore any object in AD, including users, groups, computers, organizational units (OUs), sites, subnets, configuration, Exchange storage groups and Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  • Attribute-level restore – Restore individual attributes, such as account settings, group memberships and binary attributes – even when the object itself has not been deleted. This enables administrators to restore only the required attributes without affecting other attributes.
  • Remote quarantine – Automatically and remotely quarantine corrupt domain controllers so they won’t replicate with the newly restored environment.
  • Recovery planning – Generate a detailed recovery process roadmap for the current recovery project. 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 – Restore domain controllers in your domain or forest simultaneously from one centralized location. This eliminates the need to manually interface with each domain controller separately, saving a significant amount of time and effort.
  • AD management and health – Validate health for warning signs of possible AD issues before they become disasters such as DC accessibility, replication, trusts and user authentication. Reset DSRM admin password and manage FSMO roles, GCs and DNS.
  • Virtual lab environment – Create a virtual lab environment with data from your production environment to accurately and safely perform testing prior to making changes in the production domain or forest. Existing computer collections can be used for the virtual lab environment.
  • Consolidated backups – Consolidate backups created by different Recovery Manager Console instances to speed time to resolution.
  • Diagnostic data collection – Use the Forest Recovery Console as a central location for collecting diagnostic data from all domain controllers in your recovery project. You no longer have to interface with each domain controller in the project individually to collect logs and other Active Directory data in order to establish the cause of a recovery failure or determine why Active Directory is not functioning properly.

Sys Reqs

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 include 1 million objects or less.
Increase RAM size by 512 MB for every additional 1 million objects.

Hard Disk Spacex86 system
Full installation including the prerequisite software:
—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:
—260 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 40 MB for the transaction log files.
MonitorSVGA 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 SP1
Microsoft SQL Server and Its Components Microsoft SQL Server

One of the following versions is required:
—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
These Microsoft SQL Server components must be installed on the Recovery Manager Forest Edition computer. If these components are missing, the Recovery Manager Forest Edition Setup installs them for you.
— Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012
— Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Transact-SQL ScriptDom
— Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier Application Framework

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
To display reports, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can integrate with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 .

Microsoft Windows PowerShell Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 4.0, 3.0 or 2.0
Microsoft Windows Installer Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5
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 Quest 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 higher Intel Pentium-compatible CPU
Memory
( overall RAM)
256 MB (1 GB recommended)
Hard Disk Space50 MB or more
Operating SystemYour computer must run one of the following operating systems (both x86 and x64 platforms are supported):
—Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (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

ProcessorMinimum: 1 GHz
Memory
(overall RAM)
Minimum: 512 Mb
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 Recovery Manager 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 10, 9, or 8.
Microsoft .NET Framework Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5
Microsoft Internet Information Server
(IIS)

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 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 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 2012 Transact-SQL ScriptDom
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier Application Framework

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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.