Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Active Directory Recovery Agent

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Best practices for Backup Exec 2010 Active Directory Recovery Agent

Best practices include tips and recommendations to help you use Backup Exec 2010 Active Directory Recovery Agent (ADRA) effectively. For more information about ADRA, see the Backup Exec 2010 Administrator's Guide.

The following best practices help you use the Active Directory Recovery Agent effectively:

  • Review information on finding and viewing specific data to restore before you start a restore job. You should also review details on restore options and restore jobs.

    See the Backup Exec 2010 Administrator's Guide.

  • Back up Active Directory (System State) and Active Directory Application Manager/Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (ADAM/AD LDS) data to a backup-to-disk folder. After you back up the data to the folder, you can migrate the backup data to tape at your convenience.

    This strategy provides you with the following benefits:

    • It lets you administer Active Directory or ADAM/AD LDS without the need to individually catalog the object items and property items that are contained in the backup sets.

    • It saves you time. Backing up to a backup-to-disk folder is faster than backing up to tape.

  • Select the Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) Active Directory backup job option for System State backup jobs on writable domain controllers. When you have GRT backups of a writable domain controller, you can restore individual Active Directory items when necessary.

    Note:

    For information on best practices for Backup Exec Granular Recovery Technology (GRT), refer to the Granular Recovery Technology Best Practices.

  • Run System State backup jobs on read-only domain controllers. System State backups are required to restore the read-only domain controller when a disaster recovery is required.

The following best practice helps you use the Active Directory Recovery Agent effectively with Windows Server 2008 or later:

  • Select the Backup Exec Active Directory backup option called "Perform VSS snapshot consistency check before backup". When you run a VSS snapshot consistency check, you ensure that the Active Directory snapshot that Backup Exec creates for the backup is valid.

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