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Backup and Disaster Recovery

Backup and restoration of all Active Directory objects

Regular backing up of changes made to data in Microsoft Active Directory is an important exercise that each organization must follow. Changes made to Active Directory data may be on purpose by an administrator or by accident. Any changes made without the knowledge of the administrator can have cascading effects on the functioning of the Active Directory environment. Microsoft Active Directory offers back up and restore as a solution to these problems but there are limited capabilities that it has. An enterprise backup solution is vital.

"RecoveryManager Plus is an excellent product. It has given us peace of mind that we can quickly recover should something happen to our AD"
- Fabio Freire, Director of Infrastructure
Sandler O'Neill and Partners

Overview

What is RecoveryManager Plus?

RecoveryManager Plus is a backup and restoration solution that helps in not only overcoming the limitations of native tools but also perform backup and recovery with great ease and simplicity.

The advantages of RecoveryManager Plus over native backup and recovery tools is explained in the tables below in four sections inherent limitations of native backup tools, inherent limitations of native recovery tools, limitations of native AD recycle bin and other advantages of RecoveryManager Plus that guarantee high simplicity and efficiency in backup and recovery.

Limitations of Native Backup

The builtin backup and recovery feature in Active Directory is great and comes as a lifesaver. However, there are certain limitations to it that make it cumbersome to perform backup and recovery and also track preferred versions.

Need Native Backup
and Recovery
RecoveryManager Plus
Granular Backup No Offers flexibility to select OUs or specific objects types or attributes to be backed up along with scheduling
Incremental Backup No Only the changed values are backed up thus minimizing backup time and improving efficiency
Multiple backup frequencies Offers only daily/hourly
backups
Offers hourly, daily and weekly backups to best suit your organization
Search backups for objects No Enables you to search for objects in backups by applying filters thus making the process quick and easy
Backup location Local drives or network shares only Comes with the option of storing backup data in cloud, thus guaranteeing you the availability of backup anytime anywhere

Limitations of Native Recovery

The native Active Directory recovery tool does not offer the flexibility and convenience that an administrator would require. The below table explains how RecoveryManager Plus overcomes the limitations that are imposed by native tools.

Need Native Backup
and Recovery
RecoveryManager Plus
Granular Backup No Enables you to restore the entire backup or a specific object or specific attribute
Online Recovery No Enables you to perform backup and recovery of data online without restarting your DC
Restore or Rollback No Restore one or more objects or attributes from an available backup or select a rollback point to restore all AD objects
Review Option No Get a preview of values to be restored and compare the current value in AD before confirming the rollback process
Version Comparison No Offers the flexibility to view and compare values of object attributes across different versions of backups. This helps you to identify and locate the right set of values to be restored.
Data Integrity No Restoration of complete data including tombstoned objects.

Limitations of Native Recycle Bin

RecoveryManager Plus goes beyond the native AD recycle bin feature offered in more ways than one. With the features explained in the below table, recycling deleted AD objects will no longer be a nightmare.

Need AD Recycle Bin RecoveryManager Plus
Complete Restoration Most of the attributes cannot be restored in domains running on pre-Windows Server 2008 R2. Complete restoration of all backed up attributes can be done. This preserves all your data and saves time spent in manual entries.
Hierarchical Restore Need to restore parent objects before restoring child objects. Restore the required object directly just by selecting the object. This saves tremendous amounts of time and effort in restoring objects.
Searching Deleted Objects Complicated. Need to use other tools to search, find and restore objects. Find the deleted object easily by specifying details such as OU, time period and object name
Undo Accidental Changes Only deletion can be undone Enables you to undo not only delete but also any other accidental modification by selecting any past version of the object in just a few clicks.

Advantages of RecoveryManager Plus

RecoveryManager Plus offers features that provide high convenience to administrators and thus make the backup and recovery processes highly efficient for the organization.

Need Native Backup
and Recovery
RecoveryManager Plus
Change management
No Track changes made to attributes or objects by versions and timestamp of changes. Undo changes such as delete, move, modification or creation.
Version Management No Only the changed values are backed up thus minimizing backup time and improving efficiency
Compare Backups No Enables you to compare values across different versions of backups. This means you get to see the changes that have been made and quickly identify the right set of attributes to restore.
Dashboard View of Backups No  Comprehensive view of the status and time of backups, number of backups and backup schedule
Web-based Interface No Provides the flexibility to be accessed from anywhere in your network. All you will need is a web browser!

RecoveryManager Plus completely breaks down and simplifies the otherwise cumbersome and disorganized process of native backup and recovery.

The product provides comprehensive views of backups as well as flexibility in scheduling and finding backups. It offers the convenience of viewing and comparing values across different versions of backups and selecting the desired version, all this with granularity. Features such as preview of values before rollback and zero DC downtime provide high levels of efficiency and seamless recovery of Active Directory data.

RecoveryManager Plus will save your organization a lot of time that's otherwise spent in scheduling and finding backups to be restored - and restarting a DC. You'll be able to rest assured that no unwanted change or disaster would bring your organization to a grinding halt.

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Features

Active Directory Recovery Manager

Travel back in time & Take control of AD changes!

  • Perform backup for Active Directory Changes
  • Perform granular restoration of Active Directory Objects
  • Rollback Active Directory to a previous state

Active Directory is a crucial part of any organization, regardless of its size. Downtime due to accidental deletion or modification of AD data causes businesses to lose not just revenue but the trust of their customers, too. The truth is that such downtime is not uncommon. The severity of the disaster depends on the volume and the type of data deleted or modified. To reduce the downtime due to accidental deletion of AD objects, you need to swiftly restore the modified or deleted data.

The native Active Directory Backup and Recovery utility from AD fails to deliver rapid restorations due to its clunky user interface and lack of control over attribute-level changes. This emphasizes the need for an AD backup and restoration tool that is user friendly and able to restore all AD objects, including users, computers, groups, containers, OUs, DNS data, and GPOs.

RecoveryManager Plus is a web-based Active Directory backup and restoration solution that enables you to back up all your AD data and recover deleted objects. Additionally, it offers you the flexibility to restore only specific type of objects or just specific attributes of desired objects.

What Can RecoveryManager Plus Do?

Using RecoveryManager Plus, you can backup and restore critical AD data such as:

  • Users - Backup and restore user objects either partially or completely. Individual attribute value changes made to user objects can be individually tracked and restored. Also, rollback users to a specific point of time in the past and discard all changes after that point.
  • Groups - Backup both security and distribution groups, and restore or rollback to a previous backed-up state.
  • GPOs: Backup and restore all group policy objects in your domain. Track each change made to GPOs and undo individual undesirable changes made to them.
  • OU - Backup OUs and restore deleted OUs in a single click. Restore complete OU tree when restoring a deleted OU.
  • Group Memberships - When a deleted user account is restored to the domain, the user's group membership information will also be completely restored. In turn, the user will again be made a member of all security and distribution groups of which the user was a member.
  • Exchange Attributes: Track and analyze each change made to mailbox users, distribution groups, mail users and mail contacts. You can also perform scheduled and incremental backups of Exchange-related attributes. Restore deleted Exchange objects or rollback attribute level changes, either partially or completely.
  • DNS: Backup DNS zones and DNS nodes from your Active Directory. Using this feature, easily track your domain's DNS configuration changes and back them up for easy restoration in case of disaster.
  • Additionally, backup and restore other AD objects like computers, contacts, builtin domains and more in addition to the above-mentioned objects.

Key Features of RecoveryManager Plus:

  • Attribute-Level Restoration: Restore only specific modified attributes of AD objects instead of restoring the objects completely.
  • Rollback: Restore AD to a previous backup point and undo all changes made to objects after that point in time.
  • AD Recycle Bin Restore deleted AD objects and their attributes - and their parent containers - in a single click.
  • Change Management - Track all changes made to user objects and rollback any change made to individual objects, containers, or domains.
  • Version Management - Maintain each backup of an object as a separate version and restore an object to the preferred version.
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RecoveryManager Plus Documentation

Here you can find RecoveryManager Plus product documentation, brochures and guides. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us and one of our specialists will address your inquiry as soon as possible.

  • Advantages of RecoveryManager Plus over Native Backup and Recovery -  PDF
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System Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Hardware Recommended
Processor CPU: Pentium D
RAM 2 GB
Disk Space 2 GB

Software Requirements

Supported Platforms - ManageEngine RecoveryManager Plus supports the following Microsoft Windows operating system versions:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Windows 8 and later
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista SP2

Supported Browsers - ManageEngine RecoveryManager Plus requires one of the following browsers to be installed in the system

  • Internet Explorer 8 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

To backup and restore AD data from a domain, RecoveryManager Plus requires the credentials of an administrator from the same domain. To perform password recoveries, the admin should also be a member of the Enterprise administrators group in that domain.

Pricing

RecoveryManager Plus Standard Edition
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$395
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$595
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* Annual Maintenance & Support Fee

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