70-417 Question 3

Your network contains an Active Directory domain named contoso.com. The domain
contains a domain controller named DC1 that runs Windows Server 2012 R2.
You create an Active Directory snapshot of DC1 each day.
You need to view the contents of an Active Directory snapshot from two days ago.
What should you do first?

A. Start the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).
B. Run the dsamain.exe command.
C. Run the ntdsutil.exe command.
D. Stop the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) service

Answer: C
Mounting an Active Directory snapshotBefore connecting to the snapshot we need to mount it. By looking at the results of the ListAll command in step #8 above, identify the snapshot that you wish to mount, and note thenumber next to it.In order to mount an Active Directory snapshot follow these steps:Log on as a member of the Domain Admins group to one of your Windows Server 2008Domain Controllers.Open a Command Prompt window by clicking on the CMD shortcut in the Start menu, or bytyping CMD and pressing Enter in the Run or Quick Search parts of the Start menu.Note: You must run NTDSUTIL from an elevated command prompt. To open an elevated ommand prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.In the CMD window, type the following command:tdsutil In the CMD window, type the following command:snapshot To view all available snapshots, in the CMD window, type the following command:list all The result should look like this:snapshot: List All
1: 2008/10/25:03:14 {ec53ad62-8312-426f-8ad4-d47768351c9a}
2: C: {15c6f880-cc5c-483b-86cf-8dc2d3449348

In this example we only have one snapshot available, one from 2008/10/25 at 03:14AM(yes, I write articles at this time…). We’ll mount this one.In the CMD window,typethe following command:mount 2The result should look like this:snapshot: mount 2Snapshot {15c6f880-cc5c-483b-86cf-8dc2d3449348} mounted asC:’$SNAP_200810250314_VOLUMEC$’Next, you can leave the NTDSUTIL running, or youcan quit by typing quit 2 times.Note: Like theabove command, the mounting process can also be run in one line.However, note thatNTDSUTIL requires that the “list all” command be run in the same session that you mountthe snapshot. So in order to mount the snapshot with a one-liner, you will need torun “list all”first.ntdsutil snapshot “list all” “mount 2” quit quitNote: You do not need to quit from the NTDSUTIL command, you can keep it openassuming that you’ll probably want to unmount the snapshot right after working with it.

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