Aelita Offers Active Directory Recovery Tool

As Active Directory deployments become more common 15 months after the Windows 2000 launch, problems are inevitable.

Domain controller failures or, more likely with Windows 2000's stability, misconfigured Active Directory objects can cause Active Directory outages for the enterprise.

Aelita Software on Thursday introduced a disaster recovery product for fixing those problems as they crop up.

Aelita's ERDisk for Active Directory accompanies ERDisk, Aelita's Windows NT/2000 configuration protection and recovery product. Aelita also introduced the latest version of ERDisk, 6.0, on Thursday.

ERDisk for Active Directory is a GUI-based tool designed to allow automated backup, remote administration and granular recovery of Active Directory.

Aelita positions the product as filling a gap between full network backups and native utilities that only support offline, local recovery using a command line interface.

ERDisk for Active Directory allows the Active Directory to be restored without taking the server down and booting into Directory Services Restore mode.

Allowing granular restoration of Active Directory can also help administrators avoid replication problems that could result with an unnecessary full restore.

Its parent product, ERDisk 6.0 for Windows NT/2000 servers and workstations, provides for remote unattended repair of failed systems and recovery of unbootable computers.

On the Active Directory front, ERDisk 6.0 features Active Directory-aware "Computer Collections" that automate configuration backup.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.