active directory, windows, server
While it is a task without major complications, this is not something we do every day, so in this article I will first describe the news about the authoritative restore process in Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 domains, and then the main considerations and things to take into account in this process.
First, as most of you already know, the Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers bring the possibility to stop and/or restart exclusively the AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services service; this makes that nobody can temporarily logon on the Domain Controller on which we are working, ideal option for companies that occasionally bring another services in the Domain Controller affected. Of course, being a recommended action or not, this is not an issue that we will address at this time.
First, let's talk in general about the global steps necessaries to handle this task on a Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller:
Some points to take into account:
In the next part, I will continue talking about different features and considerations of the authoritative restore process, in addition to another examples.
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Active administrator can recover active directory objects in a very granular way down to a single attribute of a single object.
Thing I like best about this product is that it can do it even without rebooting into directory services restore mode while keeping domain controller online.