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Backing up Active Directory

What is the best way to keep a backup of Active Directory in case of a disaster? I'm currently doing it two ways:
  1. Backing up the system state nightly with the tape backup routine
  2. Using NTBackup to backup System State and SYSVOL at the start of every month.

Is there a better way?

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Be sure that you have at least two backups of your System State, in case one proves to be corrupted or otherwise unusable. You can ensure that your Active Directory network remains intact with the tips and advice in this Active Directory All-in-One Guide. And, for more information on Active Directory disaster recovery, check out this Support Webcast from the Microsoft Web site.

This was first published in October 2006

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