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Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition

AD backup and recovery at the object and directory level across the entire forest

Mistakes and corruption happen. Your Active Directory (AD) environment can be damaged through user errors, migrations, or irreversible database corruption. When these occur, they can negatively impact your productivity for hours or even days. To minimize loss of revenue and damage to your company’s reputation, you need an AD recovery tool that can get you back up and running quickly.

Quest® Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition enables you to pinpoint changes to your AD environment and simplifies the recovery of a domain or forest in the event of a major corruption. It quickly restores your entire domain or forest to a point in time before the corruption occurred. Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition features automated recovery functionality that can reduce recovery time from forest-level AD corruption by up to 95 percent. It’s like an insurance policy for your AD, one you can’t afford not to have.

Key Benefits

Reduce downtime
Restore any object or attribute in AD and get affected users back to work quickly without restarting domain controllers.
Accelerate recovery
Quickly pinpoint deleted or changed objects or attributes.
Granular restore
Restore only the required attributes without restarting domain controllers.
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AD accounts under attack daily
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Comprehensive recovery

Restore any object in AD, including users, attributes, organizational units (OUs), computers, subnets, sites, configurations and Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Recovery Manager helps you significantly reduce downtime and get affected users back to work quickly without restarting domain controllers. You’ll be able to eliminate downtime as well as negative impact on network users.

Hybrid AD and Azure AD recovery

Whether you’re running a hybrid AD environment with Azure AD Connect, or have cloud-only objects or attributes that aren’t synchronized, it’s critical for security and compliance purposes to ensure the availability and integrity of both on-premises AD as well as Azure AD. Quest On Demand Recovery provides a single recovery dashboard to differentiate hybrid and cloud-only objects, run difference reports between production and real-time backups, and restore all changes, whether on premises or in Azure AD.

Virtual test lab

Demonstrate and validate your DR recovery plan by building a separate virtual forest test lab with production data to test disaster scenarios and safely test prior to making changes in the production. Automatically generate detailed, time-stamped reports of the recovery process including before/after state of the organization and actions applied to domain controllers.

Integration with IT Security Search

Use IT Security Search to discover which AD objects have changed, including before and after values, and restore them to a previous state with a few clicks.

Comparison reporting

Highlight changes made since the last backup by comparing the online state of AD with its backup or by comparing multiple backups. Accelerate recovery by quickly pinpointing deleted or changed objects or attributes. And with Change Auditor you can easily identify who made the changes.

Recovery console fault tolerance

Share persistent configuration data between several instances of your recovery consoles so that you can quickly resume the last restore operation in case it was unexpectedly interrupted.

Recovery roadmap

Generate a detailed recovery process report. This overview of every recovery stage and operation allows you to gain a better understanding and more control of every aspect of the recovery.

Delegated recovery

Assign restore tasks to specific users to cut down on recovery timelines and senior-level resource requirements.

    Forest Recovery Console

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

  • Check Forest Health

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

  • Active Directory Virtual Lab

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

  • vSphere Client

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

Specifications

Processor

Minimum: 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 GB of free disk space
    • In case all the prerequisite software is already installed: 250 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 40MB for the transaction log files.

Display

SVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher

Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • 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 10
  • 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

Targets for backup, restore, or compare operations

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 including Server Core installation
  • 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 4.5 or higher
Microsoft SQL Server and Its Components

Microsoft SQL Server

One of the following versions is required:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with or without any Service Pack (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 components

All of the following components are required:

  • Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

To display reports, Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition can integrate with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Microsoft Windows PowerShell

Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 3.0 or later

Microsoft Windows Installer

Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5

Microsoft Management Console

Microsoft Management Console 3.0

Integration with Change Auditor 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 Change Auditor for Active Directory: 4.5 to 6.9.

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:

Processor

450 MHz or faster

Memory (overall RAM)

256 MB (1 GB recommended)

Hard Disk Space
  • x86 system: 850 MB or more
  • x64 system: 2 GB or more
Display

50 MB or more

Operating System

One of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 including Server Core installation
  • 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 Software

Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later must be installed.

Supported virtualization infrastructure - Requirements

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:

  • Microsoft SCVMM Console (supplied with the SCVMM version you plan to use)

Software that is installed on the source computer by Active Directory Virtual Lab console:

  • Microsoft SCVMM Agent

Supported operating systems for the Hyper-V host:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2 or 2016

Software that must be installed on the Active Directory Virtual Lab computer:

  • Microsoft SCVMM Console (version supplied with the SCVMM you plan to use)

Software that is installed on the source computer by Active Directory Virtual Lab console.

  • Disk2vhd v2.01 utility

Software operating system for the Hyper-V host:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or higher
VMware vCenter/ESX Server 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 , 6.0 and 6.5.
  • 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.
Processor

1 GHz or faster

Memory (overall RAM)

512 MB or more

Hard Disk Space
  • x86 system: 850 Mb or more
  • x64 system: 2 Gb or more
Monitor

SVGA at 1024 x 768 or higher

Operating System

Installation

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 2016
  • 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 or higher

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 2016 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with or without any Service Pack (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)

Required Microsoft SQL Server components

  • Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012

You can only use the Password and SIDHistory Recoverability Tool if Microsoft's Active Directory Recycle Bin is not enabled in your environment.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition is upgradeable from version 8.6.1 or later.

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