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Comprehensive Restore

In addition to restoring the Active Directory database, a comprehensive restore will reload additional data outside of Active Directory that is connected to AD.

A comprehensive restore is required to move AD to a new computer.

The additional data includes the following:

  • The Internet address settings
  • The Domain Name Server (DNS) database and settings
  • The SYSVOL Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) database and settings (C:\System Volume Information\DFSR\*)
  • Machine and System Certificates
  • The private cryptographic keys for AD
  • The private key for the EFS recovery agent
  • The DSRM recovery password
  • File security and registry security settings
  • Optional application databases that are related to Active Directory, including AD FS, Certificate Services, COM+, DHCP, IIS, SharePoint, WINS, WSUS, and Exchange.

A comprehensive restore will extract from the .BKF file the AD data files from the System State and some additional data files that are not part of the System State.

The additional data files are located in C:\Windows, C:\Users, and C:\ProgramData.