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BE 2012 Active Directory Agent

Created: 13 Dec 2012 • Updated: 21 Dec 2012 | 3 comments
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Is the AD agent for BE 2012 something different then the agent for Windows applications and Databases?  If so can someone please send me a link to show me?  

Can I simply use the Agent for Win applications and databases to backup the entire C: drive of my Primary Domain Controller, and in the event of a disaster, completely restore the C: drive?  Will that work or will there be some type of timestamp/sync implication that will cause this to fail?

What is the best practice for using Backup Exec 2012 for Disaster Recovery/Restore of Domain Controllers?

Lastly, does it matter if the DCs are virtualized in VM Ware ESXi or not?

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Backup_Exec's picture


Application database licesnse consist of exchange ,SQL,share point, Active directory in earlier version if backup exec they used to be called with there name like exchange agent or SQL agent etc

Please check below link for ADRA agent

Though it is for BE201O function wise it will be same for BE2012 too.

Please check link for domain controller restore



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Donald Eady's picture

Below you will find a link to "

How Agents and Options are Licensed in Symantec Backup Exec 2012 (Portfolio Licensing Guide)



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pkh's picture

In previous versions of BE, each individual applications/databases have their own agent which means that if you have a licence for Oracle, you would not be able to use it to backup SQL Server databases.  With BE 2012, all these licences have became generic.  You buy a licence for the Agent for Applications and Databases regardless of whether you are backing up an Oracle database or a SQL Server database.  The ADRA licence has also been collapsed into this Agent for Applications and Databases.

You use ADRA if you want to restore individual AD objects.  If you don't need this capability, you just back up the system state of the DC which includes AD.  To restore anything in AD without ADRA, you would have to restore the entire system state.

To ensure complete recovery of your DC, backup the C: drive and the system state.  When you restore the C: drive and the system state, you will get back your DC upon reboot.