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Backing up and restoring using VSS Writer

Published: November 15, 2009

Updated: February 1, 2011

Applies To: Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)

You can back up and restore the Forefront TMG configuration using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). VSS is a set of Component Object Model (COM) application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide standardized interfaces, enabling third-party backup and restoration software to centrally manage the backup and restore operations on a variety of applications. In Forefront TMG, the configuration is stored in an instance of Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS). When you use VSS to back up and restore the Forefront TMG configuration, Forefront TMG calls the AD LDS VSS Writer.

The writer name string for this writer is "ISA Writer".

The writer ID for the registry writer is 25F33A79-3162-4496-8A7D-CAF8E7328205.

Ensure that you back up the required server, depending on whether it is standalone or belonging to an array, as follows:

  • Enterprise array—Back up the Forefront TMG Enterprise Management Server (EMS).

  • Standalone array—Back up the array manager.

  • Standalone server—Back up the Forefront TMG server.

noteNote:
  • You must be a Forefront TMG Enterprise Administrator or Enterprise Auditor to back up and restore enterprise-level settings.

  • To back up and restore enterprise-level confidential information, you must be a Forefront TMG Enterprise Administrator.

  • To back up and restore array-level confidential information, you must be a Forefront TMG Array Administrator.

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