What Are The Two Things Required To Recover From AD Disaster?

by [Published on 21 Dec. 2010 / Last Updated on 31 Oct. 2009]

This article explains the two important things required to recover from AD Disaster.

Disaster may happen anything! To recover from AD Disaster, you need to have two important things:


Backup of each NC is required in order to recovery failed domain controllers. The backup contains the NTDS.DIT which, in turn, contains the backup of all the NCs (Domain, Configuration, Global Catalog, Schema, and DNS Application Partitions), DNS Domain Data, System Files, etc.

DSRM Password

To recover from a failed domain controller, you log on to DSRM Mode and then run Ntbackup.exe to restore the backup.

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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