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Veeam Backup Explorers User Guide

System Requirements

Veeam Explorer for Active Directory is installed along with the Veeam Backup & Replication server or a standalone management console and does not require a separate license. All editions including Veeam Backup Free Edition are supported. See the Licensing and Editions section.

To install and use Veeam Explorer for Active Directory as a component of Veeam Backup & Replication, make sure that all necessary system requirements for Veeam Backup & Replication are met. System requirements for Veeam Explorer for Active Directory are listed in the following table.

Specification

Requirement

Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory supports database files (.DIT) created with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services servers (domain controllers).

To learn more about the supported versions of Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services, see the Supported Applications subsection of the Veeam Backup & Replication user guide.

Important! Database files created by a domain controller can be opened for object recovery with Veeam Explorer for Active Directory only if Veeam Explorer is installed on a Windows machine with OS version same or above the version of that domain controller's OS.

Software

  • Any edition of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5.
  • Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 and higher.

Veeam Explorer can restore the relationships between Active Directory objects and corresponding mailboxes - if an object (user or group) was deleted from production Active Directory, Veeam Explorer can restore this object from Active Directory backup, reconnect Exchange mailbox and restore mailbox security role for that object.
Veeam Explorer for Active Directory supports restore of both mailbox-enabled objects (including hard-deleted items and Online Archives) and mail-enabled objects for the following Microsoft Exchange versions:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 and later

For other Microsoft Exchange versions, restore of mailbox-enabled objects is not supported (only mail-enabled objects can be restored).

  • To open database files, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory uses a service dynamic link library (esent.dll) which is installed together with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services and can be found in the system directory at %SystemRoot%.

    Important! Esent.dll on the machine where Veeam Explorer runs should be of the same version as Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services used to create database files.
  • To restore the account password, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory uses the registry database, so if you plan to restore password(s), make sure that System registry hive is available (default location is %systemroot%\System32\Config). If you restore Active Directory database from Active Directory backup using Veeam file-level restore, then registry hive will be located automatically. Otherwise, for example, if you restore from an imported backup or from VeeamZIP file, make sure the System registry hive is located in the same folder as .DIT file.

If you plan to restore database items from an Active Directory Domain Services server running Microsoft Windows ReFS, consider that Veeam backup server or management console (that is, the machine where Veeam Explorer and the mount service are running) must be installed on the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or later.

To restore from a server running Microsoft Windows ReFS 3.x, Veeam backup server or management console (that is, the machine where Veeam Explorer and the mount service are running) must be installed on the  Microsoft Windows Server 2016.

See also Restoring Guest OS Files - Before You Begin section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide and How Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory Works section of this guide.

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