Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory

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Recovery tool for Microsoft Active Directory

Fast recovery of exactly what you need!

Veeam® Explorer™ for Microsoft Active Directory provides fast and reliable object-level recovery for Active Directory from a single-pass, agentless backup or storage snapshot — without the need to restore an entire virtual machine (VM) or use third-party tools.

Through Veeam Backup Free Edition users can restore individual Active Directory objects quickly and export objects directly from an image-level backup for use with the LDIFDE utility.

Download Veeam Backup Free Edition and use it forever (limited functionality).

Fast, reliable Active Directory object restore

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory makes object-level recovery within Active Directory environments easier than ever by providing the following functionality to:

  • Instantly recover individual Active Directory objects or entire organizational units (OUs) and their attributes from a single-pass image-level backup
  • Recover lost user and computer accounts along with their passwords to avoid business disruptions
  • Restore Group Policy Objects (GPOs), Active Directory-integrated Microsoft DNS records and Configuration Partition objects
  • Effortlessly perform a 1-click compare between backed up and production Active Directory states at both the object and object attribute level to easily identify differences and revert older changes or accidental deletions back into production directory
  • Easily browse Active Directory databases in VM disks located on storage snapshots for Active Directory objects and attributes, including plain text and advanced LDAP filter-based search capabilities
  • Export Active Directory objects and user attributes from a backup into LDIFDE format or complete an Active Directory object restore directly back into the production Active Directory database (.DIT)
Restore an item to its original location, other Active Directory location, or export it

Covering you in those everyday disasters

Veeam realizes how important Active Directory authentication is to your organization’s users and machines. Because of this importance, you need a solution that places an extra emphasis on the lowest possible RTOs for Active Directory restore. Here are some common use cases:

Recover an accidentally deleted Active Directory OU in seconds

It may sound extreme, but Active Directory OUs are accidentally deleted more often than you think. In this example, let’s assume you are able to recover the OU and its users, but the nightmare doesn’t stop there. Imagine the ensuing chaos that would take place when your office, or worse, your entire company, is forced to create new passwords.

With Veeam Explorer for Active Directory, in just a few clicks, you can restore the entire Active Directory container, pushing that OU back out along with all its attributes. This includes the restore of encrypted passwords, eliminating the requirement to have the user reset their own password. This is extremely beneficial for domain-attached computer accounts, which eradicates the need to manually re-attach to the domain.

Simple, streamlined Active Directory user and password restore

With Veeam Explorer for Active Directory, you can browse your Active Directory database right from the backup or replica and restore individual users and passwords in seconds with a few simple clicks.


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Restore Active Directory tombstone objects

In Active Directory, when you delete an object from the directory, it’s not removed from the database. Instead, Active Directory marks the object as deleted (now referred to as a tombstone) and the object is now invisible to normal directory operations.

Veeam Explorer for Active Directory also provides the ability to recover tombstone objects by pulling them from a backup. You can restore these tombstone objects even if the tombstone value has expired. This is made possible by Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory directly opening the NTDS.DIT (Active Directory’s database) file from a backup.


Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory lets you restore individual object's attributes, the entire objects, and even the whole organizational units, along with the hierarchy.

Browse your Active Directory database right from the backup

Veeam provides you with an easy-to-use, intuitive UI so you can browse Active Directory right from the backup or replica and quickly recover exactly what you need. After adding the Active Directory databases to the Veeam Explorer scope, you can browse through the database objects and containers, as well as perform a deep dive into their attributes.

You can also easily search in Active Directory or use LDAP queries to efficiently search for items that match a specified criteria. Veeam Explorer can search Active Directory through attribute values of all items within a selected OU or search across the entire database.

You can browse your Microsoft Active Directory database right from the backup or replica

Export Active Directory objects

With Veeam Explorer for Active Directory, you can quickly and easily export objects, OUs and attributes to a folder in a specified location, whether that is a local folder or a network drive. All exported objects and containers are saved using Lightweight Data Interchange Format (LDIF) and exported as .LDF files.
It is possible to export containers, objects, and attributes as LDF files

Flexible options for your current needs and long-term strategy

With Veeam, there are different editions of our award-winning software, giving you powerful backup, restore and replication features for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized environments. From limited single-object restore for Active Directory in Veeam Backup™ Free Edition to multi-select restore and container or OU restore for Active Directory found in Veeam Backup & Replication™, Veeam is the perfect fit, no matter your specific needs or budget.

Veeam Backup & Replication™ lets you delegate the restore task to helpdesk administrators and even let users restore their files themselves

Supported environments

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory, found in all of Veeam’s backup, recovery and replication solutions including Veeam Backup™ Free Edition, supports the following Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers running on VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2

The minimum supported domain and forest functional level is Windows 2003.

Products and editions

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory is available in all editions of Veeam Availability Suite™, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials™. It is also included in Veeam Backup™ Free Edition and can be used in conjunction with Veeam Endpoint Backup™ FREE.

For more information about supported features and editions, please refer to the edition comparison guide at the link below.

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