Friday, 25 June 2010

Secure Cloud Backup for Active Directory

Secure Cloud Backup for Active Directory
Cloud Computing Journal
Last week was the official commercial launch of Quest OnDemand Recovery for AD - a subscription-based automated service which protects your Active Directory for a small monthly fee. Changes are good, and Active Directory - as the identity core of most companies' IT - is always changing. However, sometimes wrong changes happen: accounts or whole containers can get accidentally deleted, or a script can go wild and wipe out a bunch of attributes across a set of accounts (I personally once got affected by such an incident a few years ago).

Quest OnDemand Recovery for AD works as a time machine for your Active Directory:

  • A small local agent in your network on the schedule you select detects changes in AD, compresses and encrypts them and sends them to a remote datacenter.

  • Whenever you need to roll back any change, you log on to the web site, browse and search your backups, pick the change you want to undo and click Restore.

  • The agent gets the changes back and applies them to the local AD.

  • Watch the quick video here:
    There is a free 30 day trial of the service, after which you can keep using it for a small monthly fee (which when I am writing this is just 60 cents per AD user account per month).
    You can learn more about this service and sign-up for it here.

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