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Veeam Explorer for
Microsoft Active Directory

Object-level recovery for Active Directory you can count on


Full functionality for 30 days

Fast restore of Active Directory objects and attributes

Take advantage of lightning fast 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.

  • Perform quick compares with production to easily locate deletions
  • Restore lost or corrupted Active Directory objects back to their original location
  • Save time by browsing your Active Directory database directly from the backup image
  • Easily export Active Directory objects directly from the backup image for bulk user and other business operations

Object-level recovery

Remove the complexity of object-level recovery within Active Directory environments with capabilities that give time back to your team:

  • Restore Group Policy Objects (GPOs), Active Directory-integrated Microsoft DNS records and Configuration Partition objects
  • Instantly recover individual Active Directory objects and attributes including entire organizational units (OUs) from a single-pass, image-level backup
  • Effortlessly perform a 1-click compare between backed up and production Active Directory states to easily identify differences and revert older changes or accidental deletions back into the production directory

Browse Active
Directory backups

Browse Active Directory directly from the backup or replica and quickly recover exactly what you need with an easy-to-use, intuitive UI.

Export Active
Directory objects

Easily export objects, OUs and attributes for bulk user operations to a local or network folder using Lightweight Data Interchange Format (LDIF).

Restore tombstone

Reliably restore tombstone objects, including expired ones, by directly opening the Active Directory database file from a backup.

Feature highlights: Recovery

Commonly Asked Questions

How does Veeam Backup & Replication backup Active Directory?

Veeam® Backup & Replication™ creates application-consistent, image-level backups of Active Directory, ensuring successful recovery of business-critical services and allowing for application-specific restore scenarios with effective log truncation.

  1. Open a Veeam Backup Job Creation wizard
  2. Add a desired Domain Controller to the task
  3. Specify the amount of time to keep the Active Directory backup
  4. Make sure you enable application-aware image processing (AAIP) to ensure transactional consistency of OS and applications running on the VM, including the Active Directory database and SYSVOL catalog

By enabling application-aware processing in job settings, Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following operations as a part of the backup or replication process:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication deploys the runtime process on the VM and detects if the VM runs any of the supported applications, including Active Directory.
  2. Veeam Backup & Replication collects information about applications installed on VMs — this information is required for VSS-aware restore. VSS-aware restore is performed when the VM is started after you restore it from the backup or fail over to a VM replica.
  3. Veeam Backup & Replication prepares applications for VSS-aware restore.
  4. Microsoft VSS communicates with applications and quiesces I/O activities at a specific point in time.
  5. Veeam Backup & Replication acts as a VSS requestor and triggers a VM VSS snapshot.
  6. Veeam Backup & Replication triggers a VMware vSphere snapshot of the VM.
  7. Microsoft VSS resumes quiesced I/O activities on the VM guest OS.
  8. The job session proceeds as usual.
  9. If you have instructed Veeam Backup & Replication to truncate transaction logs, Veeam Backup & Replication truncates transaction logs on the VM guest OS after the backup or replica are successfully created.
What type of Active Directory recovery does Veeam provide?
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory allows you to restore and export Active Directory and schema objects from backups created in Veeam Backup & Replication.
What type of Microsoft Active Directory backup replication does Veeam provide?
Veeam provides built-in WAN Acceleration for replicating directly from backup makes Active Directory backup copy replication over the WAN or slow connections up to 50 times faster while reducing bandwidth consumption by up to 20 times when compared to copying raw data.

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