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Getting Started with Active Directory Domain Services

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Introduction to Active Directory Users & Computers

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Adding a Second Domain Controller

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Active Directory Backups

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How to Administrate Active Directory with Windows PowerShell

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Administrating AD SS (Active Directory Sites and Services)

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Active Directory Trusts

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Modifying the Active Directory Schema

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Creating an Active Directory / System State Backup

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In this lecture, you will learn how you can use Windows Server Backup to safely backup your Active Directory data. Having and maintaining Active Directory backups is a critical aspect of administration of your network.

It's very important that you take proper backups and you understand how to restore those backups should a catastrophic failure occur.

To get started you need to open the Windows Backup console by selecting Tools > Windows Server Backup:

Select Local Backup > Backup Once...

Select Different options then click next:

Click Next, then click Custom:

Click Add Items

Select System State and click OK.

Specify the destination and click Next.

I am going to specify my backup location and leave the rest at default:

Click Next, then click Backup.

Now we just need to wait for the backup to complete. This is generally not a fast process so you will need to wait a little while before its done:

Once the backup is complete you can view the backup information in the wbadmin console:

Additionally we can see the backups located on the C drive:

So that is how you create a backup of your Active Directory! Great job getting through this lecture and I look forwarding to seeing you in the next one.

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susand(@susand)
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1 year ago

So I didn’t see the windows back up feature directly in my add roles and features (Note: It was already showing in my tools but I couldn’t use it), I had to select the Windows Server update option and then had the option of selecting Windows back up feature after that.
Am I the only one who had to do this?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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Reply to  susand
1 year ago

Hi profile avatar Susan David-Aaron

That’s weird and I haven’t seen that on my server. What I have seen in my lab when installing Windows Server 2019 is that I have under the Tool menu the Windows Backup but the tool is not installed from Add Roles And features. When launching the Windows Backup there’s a message in the middle that prompts you to install it from Add Remove Features > Feature section (after roles). Then it opens properly after installation.

Ricardo

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brandonl(@brandonl)
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Reply to  susand
3 months ago

I had this same problem.

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donalds(@donalds)
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1 year ago

I created c:\Backups.
However, when I attempt to initiate the backup to

\\SADC01\Backups,

I receive the following error in a popup box:

Windows Server Backup

Big red X, Windows Server Backup is unable to access the remote shared folder. The remote shared folder does not exist.

I assure you that I created and can dir c:\Backups

Also, I rebooted the server just in case. No changes.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Regards,

Don

Last edited 1 year ago by Donald Stamps
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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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Reply to  donalds
1 year ago

Hi profile avatar Donald Stamps

Check the c:\Backups folder if it is shared and its share permissions. Alternatively, see if you can access it by typing \\SADC01\Backups, on a file explorer window.

Ricardo

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donalds(@donalds)
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Reply to  Ricardo P
1 year ago

Hi Ricardo,

That was the issue. Thank you for your prompt reply. I’m still learning this stuff–guess that’s why I’m in the course.

Great course!

Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Don

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khalidk(@khalidk)
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Reply to  donalds
10 months ago

I had same issue but went to folder and shared it with Administrator and worked for me.

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Beno Tsintsadze(@beno-tsintsadze)
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1 year ago

in a real production environment, is it more likely that a company would use a 3rd party tool like veeam as their backup tool or is this method the most common one?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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Reply to  Beno Tsintsadze
1 year ago

Hi profile avatar Beno Tsintsadze

That is right. Most corporate environments would have a 3rd party solution. The advantage of that is you have more features for performing backups. The method shown here works for a couple of servers and is valid if you need to perform a backup.

Ricardo

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robbw(@robbw)
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8 months ago

Having a hard time! I can’t seem to install Windows Server Backup. It’s not an option from the “Add Roles or Features” option.

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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Reply to  robbw
8 months ago

Hi profile avatar Robb Way

The Windows Server Backup is under Features, not under the Server Roles when going through the wizard after clicking Manage and Add roles.

Ricardo

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helenae(@helenae)
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8 hours ago

Can you please tell my how to Install the windows server backups?? This is really importent to know?? I dont know this at all.

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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Reply to  helenae
2 hours ago

Hi profile avatar Helena Eriksson Haase,

In Server Manager, click on ‘Add roles and features’. Then click ‘Next’ until you reach the ‘Select features’ page. Scroll through the list and find ‘Windows Server Backup’. Check the box next to it, and click ‘Next’, and then click ‘Install’.

Ricardo