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How to configure an off-site repository for your Active Directory backups?


One of the basic tenets of backing up data or an application is to adhere to the 3-2-1 backup rule. The 3-2-1 backup rule essentially means having at least three copies of data, of which two are stored in different mediums, and one is stored in an off-site environment.

This post will explain how you can store your AD backups in an offsite location.


Step 1: Configure an offsite backup repository.

  1. Log in to RecoveryManager Plus as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to Admin tab → Repository → Backup Repository.
  3. Click the Add on-premises repository button.
  4. Provide a name for the repository.
  5. Provide the name of the off-site server in which you want to store the backups.
  6. Note: Ensure that the server has 64-bit architecture and can be accessed from the machine in which RecoveryManager Plus is installed.
  7. Provide the path where you wish to store the backups.
  8. Provide the user name and password of an admin who can read and write in the selected repository. Click Verify Credentials to check if the provided credentials have enough privilege.
  9. Provide a TCP Port to enable communication between RecoveryManager Plus and the server.
  10. Note: If you have enabled firewall, make sure the specified port is added in the firewall's inbound rules.
  11. Set a JVM Heap Size.
  12. Note: JVM heap size must be at least 1GB. Also, JVM heap size cannot be more than 50% of target machine’s usable RAM size.
  13. Click Save.

Step 2: Configure RecoveryManager Plus to store your AD backups in this off-site repository.

  1. Navigate to Active Directory tab → Settings → Backup Settings.
  2. Click the icon-edit icon located in the Action column of the relevant domain.
  3. Select the newly created off-site repository in which you wish to store the backups from the Select Repository drop-down box.
  4. Click Save.

Your AD backups will now be stored in an off-site repository.


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