Backup Settings

The Backup Settings lists the entire backup configuration related to domains and domain controllers. You can find the steps to configure backup settings for AD objects and domain controller backup below.

Active Directory objects backup settings

  1. The OUs to be backed up in the domain
  2. Object types and their associated attributes to be backed up
  3. The above mentioned information is listed under Backup Settings. When new domains are added under the Domain Settings, a corresponding entry is made under Backup Settings.
  4. The domain name, the selected OUs, objects, and backup frequency is listed here for domains that have backup settings configured. For others, click on the icon-add-new icon or the link Click here to configure to enable backup settings.

To modify the existing backup settings for a domain,

  1. Click the icon-edit icon in the Action column of the relevant domain
  2. Select all or specific OUs to back up by clicking on icon-add-newicon. From the list of OUs displayed, select the desired OUs. You can view the child OUs by expanding the parent OU node.

    Note: To backup just the contents of the parent OU and not the contents of the nested containers, select the Exclude child OU(s) options located in the lower-right corner.

  3. In the object types field, Click the icon-add-new icon. In the pop-up that appears, select the objects and attributes that you wish to back up.

    Note: All custom attributes created by you and those inherited from auxiliary classes will be displayed, and you can easily add them to be backed up. If any custom attribute is missing, search for the particular attribute by clicking the Add Attributes link and providing the LDAP name of the attribute.

  4. Select the archive repository in which you wish to store the backups from the drop-down menu.
  5. Select the archive repository in which you wish to store the backups from the drop-down box.
  6. Select the frequency at which full backups must be taken from the list of options available: weekly, or monthly.
  7. Select the frequency at which the incremental backups must be taken from the list of options available: hourly, daily, or weekly.
  8. Specify the duration for which you wish to retain deleted AD objects in the Deleted Objects Validity field.
  9. To backup GPOs using PAExec, select the Use PAExec to backup GPOs field.
  10. If you wish to force replicate all changes made to domain controllers before any backup operation is initiated, select the Force Replication option.
  11. If you wish to back up disabled user and computer objects, select the Backup disabled objects option.
  12. Click Save.

Domain Controller Backup Settings

Domain controller backup allows you to back up all parts of your domain controller, including the system state, all system partitions, and all files and folders present on the domain controller. Using a domain controller backup, you can restore the entire domain controller from scratch in case of a complete breakdown.

In this section, you can set up domain controllers for backup and configure their backup settings.

  1. Navigate to the Active Directory tab > Settings > Backup Settings > Domain Controllers.
  2. Click Add Domain Controller at the top-right corner.
  3. A list of all domain controllers present in the selected domain will be listed in the pop-up.
  4. Select the domain controller(s) that you wish to configure for backup and click Next.
  5. Configure the backup setting for the selected domain controllers in the Configure Backup Settings section.
    • From the Select Backup Repository drop-down menu, select the backup repository from the list of all available repositories. If no repositories are available, click the Add repository icon to add a new repository. In the pop-up that appears, click Yes to proceed to add a new repository.
      • Select NAS/Shared and click Add Repository in the top-right corner.
      • In the Repository Name field, enter a name for the repository.
      • In the Repository Path field, enter the path to the location where you wish to save the backups.
      • Enter the User Name and Password of a user that can read and write the content in the specified storage location and click Save.
    • In the Full Backup Frequency field, specify the frequency at which full backups must be taken.
    • In the Retain Backups for field, enter how long backup data should be retained.
    • Select Encryption if you wish to encrypt your backups. Enter and confirm the password for your encryption.
    • Click Save to complete setting up the domain controller for backup.

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