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BE2012 Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) and domain controllers (dcs)

Created: 11 Jan 2013 • Updated: 03 Feb 2013 | 1 comment
David Hood's picture
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Is SDR supported to recover a domain controller? I have looked in the manual and although it provides additional information for having to restore SQL and Exchange DBs - there is no mention of any further steps necessary to restore a DC. So i'm wondering:

a) does it work at all? and if so

b) after the restore do you need to perform a restore of AD onto the server?

I'm sure I spoke to a Symantec Engineer ages ago about it and he said it wasn't supported but I am struggling to find any documenation to confirm/deny.



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pkh's picture

Yes. SDR does support the recovery of a DC.  When you restore the system state of a DC, a non-authoritative restore of the AD is automatically done.  This is regardless of whether you are using SDR to restore the DC or you are doing a manual recovery of the DC.  You can read the Preparing for Disasater Recovery section of the Admin Guide on how to restore a DC in authoritative or non-authoritative mode.  The difference in these two modes are explained in this document