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Deploying and Managing Active Directory with Windows PowerShell: Tools for cloud-based and hybrid environments by Charlie Russel

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Chapter 8. Back up and restore AD DS

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is the heart of your organization and, by its very nature, holds important information in its database that is irreplaceable. If you had to rebuild your organization’s computing environment from scratch as a result of a catastrophic event, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to do so without a restorable backup of AD DS. And yet many organizations, large and small, never explicitly back up their AD DS. And even of those that do, many have never tested a restore from backup. This is a scary thought if you’ve ever tried to recover from a major catastrophe that crippled all your domain controllers. But the process to back up AD DS is straightforward, and the recovery ...

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