Welcome to the Backup and Restore Active Directory Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Prepare Prerequisites for Windows Server Backup
  • Exercise 2 - Backup and Restore System State

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Install Windows Server Backup
  • Perform a backup of system state data
  • Restore system state data
  • Perform an authoritative restore of Active Directory

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand business continuity - backup and restore, disaster recovery planning, AD restore

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Prepare Prerequisites for Windows Server Backup

Windows Server 2016 includes a native backup software useful to ensure fault tolerance of mission-critical business data such as system state, applications and local drives.

In this exercise, you will prepare the requirements to ensure redundancy of Active Directory data by installing an additional domain controller in the existing lab domain called PRACTICELABS.COM, after which you will install Windows Server Backup feature. The addition of a new domain controller in the mentioned lab domain is essential as this will provide a proof-of-concept on Active Directory Domain Services replication between domain controllers.

Exercise 2 - Backup and Restore System State

Active Directory Domain Services is backed up collectively as part of system state data. The system state data is collection of Windows system components that are related to each other. When backing up the system data of a Windows computer such as a domain controller, it will include the following components:

System start-up files - the files required to start Windows System registry - database of Windows software, services and hardware settings. Class registration data of Component Services - The Component Object Model (COM) - a standard for creating software in client-server environment. SYSVOL - a system volume used by AD DS for files shared by domain controllers and other domain member devices. These files include GPOs, scripts and others. Active Directory database- AD DS database, checkpoint files, transaction logs and reserved log files.

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