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(2013-04-30) Active Directory Forest Recovery Guide For W2K3, W2K8, W2K8R2, W2K12

Posted by Jorge on 2013-04-30


This guide contains best-practice recommendations for recovering an Active Directory forest, if forest-wide failure has rendered all domain controllers in the forest incapable of functioning normally. The procedure steps in this guide, which you must customize for your particular environment, describe how to recover the entire Active Directory forest to a point in time before the critical malfunction. They also ensure that none of the restored domain controllers replicates from a domain controller with potentially dangerous data.

The procedures apply to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and the Active Directory directory service in Windows Server 2003.

REMARK: Remember that this is a general guide to help you to create your own forest recovery for your own environment. No forest recovery plan from one environment can be fully used in another environment without customizations. Also remember it is not just about technology. When creating a forest recovery plan take everything into account that is specific to your environment such as for example location of IT staff, communications, logistics, procedures, security, etc. And when you do create a forest recovery plan that is specific to your environment make sure to keep it up-to-date, as your environment changes, and also make sure to perform periodic “fire-drills”. Those fire-drills help you to see what may need to change in the plan and it also keeps the plan as fresh as possible in the minds of everyone involved.

Get it here: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery

Cheers,
Jorge
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