How do you backup active directory?

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  • Mar 2nd, 2012

You back up active directory by doing a system state backup with either windows back up or a third party backup provider (e.g. Symantec backup exec). When you perform a system state backup the ntds.dit file is backed up and the ntds.dit file is the file which active directory is stored in. It is not possible to just backup the ntds.dit file you must do a system state back up.

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  • Mar 15th, 2012

Active Directory data store in %SystemRoot%
tdsNTDS.DIT. The ntds.dit file is the heart of Active Directory including user accounts

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