Any IT admin that takes care of the IT infrastructure of a network will know how devastating accidental deletion of objects in Active Directory (AD) can be. No matter how much they try to avoid such incidents, a few cases do slip through. Admins have to get the deleted objects restored quickly and without any errors, or the organization’s work might come to a standstill. To assist IT admins and ensure business continuity in their organization, let’s discuss a few must-have features to get AD backup and restoration right.

Incremental backups

AD environments are subject to numerous changes. Backing up the entire network after a couple of isolated changes doesn’t make sense due to the substantial time and space cost, but the changes cannot go without being backed up, either. To prevent this, IT admins should rely on a solution that offers incremental backups.

With this feature, sysadmins can backup only the attributes that have been changed since the last backup, and can also store other versions of backups, saving both time and space.

Granular restoration

Similar to incremental backups, it’s counterproductive to restore the entire AD network after mishaps in a specific portion of the environment. Instead, sysadmins should have the option of selecting and restoring specific objects that they think might be affected. Granular control over which attributes of the object have to be restored is an added asset to any AD backup and recovery solution.

Restart-free recovery

The most inconvenient part of recovering objects back to the AD environment is the downtime it causes. Until the backed up objects have been recovered, the whole IT infrastructure becomes stationary. IT admins need a tool that helps them recover AD objects without having to restart their server in order to prevent downtime and loss of critical work hours.

Want to know more about these features and how you can implement them in your organization? You’re in luck! Grab a complimentary copy of our white paper, “3 must-have fail-safe mechanisms needed for your Active Directory backup and recovery,” and learn how you can ensure business continuity in your organization despite accidental deletions in Active Directory.

Thejas Sridhar
Product Consultant

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