Backup for Workgroups
restore your Active Directory to a new computer as part of a bare metal restore,
or it can assist you with the restoration should you want to roll-back to a
previous point in time.
The process of restoring Active Directory is
dependent upon whether Active Directory is still running or not.
You do not need to know whether Active Directory is running (or not) to
complete a restoration. Backup for
Workgroups leads you through the process that is appropriate for your environment.
If you are performing a
bare metal restore (a restore to new equipment is a good example), you will be
restoring Active Directory to a computer that is not running Active Directory.
When you select to perform a Disaster Recovery and you had been backing up
Active Directory, it will be restored as part of the disaster recovery process.
If you just need to roll back the Active Directory database files, you can do so
from the Backup Client Restore panel. Chose Selected files, select
Active Directory and the date to restore the database file to.
After the restore is complete you will need to reboot your computer in order to
return Active Directory to normal operation.
Windows will not allow for the restoration of Active Directory while it is
running, the process of restoring Active Directory requires you to boot the
computer into a special boot mode called Domain Controller Restore mode..
event that the Backup Client automatically detects that Active Directory is
still running when you choose to restore Active Directory, you will need to follow
Reboot your computer.
Windows is just starting the boot process and shows you a screen stating
"Starting Windows," press the F8 key immediately.
You will need to press F8 VERY QUICKLY as Windows starts the boot
the option labeled Directory Services Restore Mode.
Press Enter to continue the boot process.
Your computer is booted into a special form or state of Safe Mode.
the computer has booted, run Backup for
Go to the Restore Panel
Press the Selected Files button
Choose Active Directory and the date to restore Active Directory to.
Begin the restore.
running the Restore Active Directory program, reboot your computer.