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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. 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.

 

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition
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.
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. Recovery Manager for for Active Directory, Forest Edition is that solution.

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.

55%

Of data breaches caused by insiders

95M

AD accounts under attack daily

14sec

Another ransomware attack occurs

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.

Flexible phased recovery

Following Microsoft best practices, achieve better control over the recovery process by implementing a phased recovery approach. Prioritize the order in which domain controllers are recovered in order to allow critical services to begin their recovery operations faster. Recovery of less critical locations can be done in a later phase.

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.

Amway

We have peace of mind, knowing that our global data is protected and safe with Recovery Manager for Active Directory, even though we haven’t had to use it for a while.

Marc Denman Senior Systems Support Specialist, Amway Read Case Study

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Forest Recovery Console

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

Specifications

Before installing Recovery Manager for Active Directory, ensure that your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements.

NOTE

  • Recovery Manager for Active Directory supports only IPv4 or mixed IPv4/IPv6 networks.
Processor

Minimum: 1.4 GHz

Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster

Memory

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 Space

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.

Operating System

NOTE

  • Machine that hosts the Recovery Manager for Active Directory console must have same or higher version of Windows operating system than the processed domain controllers. Otherwise, the online compare and object search in a backup during the online restore operation may fail.
  • 32-bit operating systems are not supported.

Installation

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • 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 10 x64
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 x64 with or without any Service Pack

Targets for backup, restore, or compare operations

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 including Server Core installation
  • 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 Service Pack (including Server Core installation)

The Windows Server Backup feature is supported for Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher. Make sure that the feature is installed on all domain controllers in your environment.

Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2 or higher

Microsoft SQL Server and its components

Microsoft SQL Server versions

Microsoft SQL Server is required for the following Recovery Manager for Active Directory features: Comparison Reporting, Forest Recovery Persistence and Recovery Manager Portal.

Supported SQL Server versions:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • 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

Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2012

If this component is not installed, it will be installed automatically by the RMAD setup.

Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services

To display reports, Recovery Manager for Active Directory can integrate with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SRSS) 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Microsoft Operations Manager

Supported Microsoft Operations Managers for the RMAD Management Pack for Microsoft Center Operations Manager (SCOM):

  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2016
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012
Microsoft Windows PowerShell

Microsoft Windows PowerShell version 5.0 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

Supported versions of Change Auditor for Active Directory: from 6.x to 7.x.

If any prerequisite software is not installed, the Setup program automatically installs it for you before installing Recovery Manager for Active Directory. If the prerequisite software to be installed is not included in this release package, it is automatically downloaded.

Continuous recovery: From version 10.0.1, Recovery Manager for Active Directory together with Change Auditor can restore the deleted object(s) and continuously restores the last change (if any) that was made to the object attributes after creating the backup, using the data from the Сhange Auditor database.

Antivirus software that is supported for backup antimalware checks

The anti-virus checks are performed on the Forest Recovery Console machine running Windows Server 2016 or higher by means of antivirus software installed on the machine.

  • Microsoft Defender
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 14.x
  • Broadcom Endpoint Security (former name: Symantec Endpoint Protection 15)
Memory

256 MB (1 GB recommended)

Hard Disk Space

2 GB or more

Operating System

One of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019 including Server Core installation
  • 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)
Prerequisite Software

Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later must be installed.

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 R2, 2016 or 2019

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:

  • Disk2vhd v2.01 utility

Supported operating systems for the Hyper-V host:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher.
VMware vCenter/ESX Server 6.0, 6.5, 6.7 and 7.0
  • Active Directory Virtual Lab does not support conversion of Windows Server 2019 Domain Controllers using VMWare ESXi/vCenter server.
  • Active Directory Virtual Lab does not support VMware ESXi 6.0.
  • vCenter Converter 6.2 must be installed in your environment using the Client-Server installation setup option.
  • vCenter Converter must be accessible to the Active Directory Virtual Lab.
  • If the TLS 1.0 protocol is disabled on vCenter Converter and vCenter servers, then switch to TLS 1.2 on the ADVL server. For more details, see the following KB articles:
Processor

1 GHz or faster

Memory

512 MB or more

Hard disk space

2 GB or more

Operating System

You can install the Recovery Manager Portal on a computer running one of the following x64 operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • 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 (including Server Core installation)
Supported Web Browsers
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
Microsoft .NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2 or higher

Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.5 or higher

Microsoft SQL Server and its components

Microsoft SQL Server versions

One of the following versions is required:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 with or without any Service Pack (Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard, Express, Web, or Developer Edition)
  • 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

If this component is not installed, it will be installed automatically by the RMAD setup

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 10.0 or later.

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