What's in your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Do you have a Disaster Recovery plan? Do you test it at least once a year? Do you include your entire AD forest as part of this plan? You should. Don’t fall victim to the scenarios in this Whitepaper:

That Dreaded Day: Active Directory Disasters & Solutions for Preventing Them

Every company should have a disaster recovery plan and in that plan they should also consider what would happen if the Forest failed. Downtime is expensive, how much money would your company lose per minute? IDC found that unplanned downtime can cost large companies an average of $1,400 per minute! Smaller companies suffer losses on a similar scale. Studies clearly document the impact unplanned downtime and lost user productivity have on an organization’s bottom line. Recovery time is critical. The quicker an organization can restore Active Directory, the quicker they restore productivity.

 

Let’s face it, there are not many experts on AD Forest Recovery and those who are experts are either rare and talented consultants or really bad admins :-) Don’t let your Forest Burn around you, check out the latest release for Recovery Manager for Active Directory and Forest Edition version 8.1.

 

What’s New in Recovery Manager for Active Directory and Forest Edition 8.1

This new release of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition extends the capabilities of the product by providing the following key new features:

 

Selectively Delete Domains during Forest Recovery.

The Recovery Manager Forest Edition version allows you to selectively remove domains from an Active Directory forest during its recovery. For example, this feature can be helpful when the account you use to recover the forest does not have access to certain domains and you are prepared to sacrifice these domains for the sake of recovering the remaining forest. In this situation, you may choose to delete the domains to which you do not have access while recovering the forest.

 

Forest Recovery Persistence.

This feature allows you to resume the last forest recovery operation in case it was interrupted by a Forest Recovery Console shutdown.

 

Backup Agent Management.

Now you can use the Recovery Manager console as a central location to manage Quest Backup Agent and view information about the Backup Agent instances that are manually preinstalled in your environment.

 

Consolidate Backups Created by Different Recovery Manager Console Instances.

This feature allows you to consolidate all backups created by multiple Recovery Manager console instances deployed in your environment so you can access and use these backups from a single Recovery Manager console.

 

A Tool for Collecting Diagnostic Data.

In this release of Recovery Manager Forest Edition, you can use the Forest Recovery Console as a central location for collecting diagnostic data from all domain controllers in your recovery project. With this new feature, you no longer have to interface with each domain controller in the project individually to collect logs and other Active Directory data to establish the cause of a recovery failure or why Active Directory is not functioning properly.

 

Support for Operations Manager 2007 R2.

The Management Pack supplied with Recovery Manager Forest Edition now supports Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. By using this Management Pack, you can monitor the health and availability of the Recovery Manager console, Computer Collections, computers added to Computer Collections, and the backup and restore operations performed by Recovery Manager Forest Edition.

About the Author
Keri.Farrell
Keri Farrell is a Senior Product Manager for Quest and has worked for Quest for 11 years but has been in the IT industry for 20 years. She specializes in Disaster Recovery for both Active Directory and...