AD Forest Recovery - Procedures

Applies to: Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

This section contains procedures related to the forest recovery process. The procedures are applicable for Windows Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and are also applicable to Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2008 with some minor exceptions.

Procedures that include steps that vary for Windows Server 2003 are found in Forest Recovery with Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers.

The following is a list of procedures that are used in backing up and restoring domain controllers and Active Directory.

These steps explain how to perform an authoritative restore of SYSVOL at the same time.

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