Microsoft Active Directory Requirements for Application-Aware Backups

You can use the Virtual Server Agent to perform an application-aware backup for virtual domain controllers for Active Directory.

The backup operation protects the Active Directory database.

The following requirements apply:

  • You must have a Server File System license to perform application-aware backups for Active Directory.

  • As VM group (subclient) content, include virtual machines that act as Active Directory domain controllers in a separate VM group (subclient) under a hypervisor (Virtual Server instance).

    The guest VM operating system must be Windows Server 2008 R2 or later.


    Perform full or incremental backups for VM groups (subclients) that are configured for application-aware backups. Synthetic full backups are not supported. Scheduled synthetic full backups are converted automatically to full backups for VM groups and subclients that are configured for application-aware backups.