AD LDS Backup and Restore Step-by-Step Guide

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Active Directory® Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), formerly known as Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), is a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory service that provides data storage and retrieval support for directory-enabled applications, without the dependencies that are required for the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). You can run multiple instances of AD LDS concurrently on a single computer, with an independently managed schema for each AD LDS instance.

For additional information about AD LDS, see Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Overview (

For more information about configuring AD LDS, see the Step-by-Step Guide for Getting Started with Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (

About this guide

This guide describes the processes for backing up AD LDS data and log files and for restoring them. You can use the procedures in this guide to back up and restore AD LDS data on servers that are running the Windows Server® 2008 operating system.

As you complete the steps in this guide, you will be able to:

  • Back up AD LDS instance data.

  • Restore AD LDS instance data and AD LDS instances.


Before you start using the procedures in this guide, do the following with regard to your system requirements:

  • Log on to Windows Server 2008 with an administrator account.

  • Store backups on one of the following types of media:

    • A fixed or removable hard drive

    • DVDs

    • A network shared resource (unscheduled backups only)

Steps for backing up and restoring AD LDS

The following sections provide step-by-step instructions for backing up and restoring AD LDS. These sections provide both the graphical user interface (GUI) and command-line methods for backing up and restoring AD LDS, where applicable.

For more information, see