Active Directory Backup

I have two 2012 domain controllers.  If I backup the "system state" folder using Arcserve backup, on a domain controller that is not the FSMO, will that be sufficient to protect the active directory files needed to recover it if necessary?

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SunilTechnical Specialist - Wintel Operations.Commented:
Yes. That backup will contain all the information you need.

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cja-tech-guyAuthor Commented:
Does it matter if the domain controller that is running the back up is not the FSMO controller and that It is backing up the system state on it's own local drive.

SunilTechnical Specialist - Wintel Operations.Commented:
It doesn't matter. FSMO controller only serve the forest and domain role services apart form that the AD database is the same across the domain controller.
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cja-tech-guyAuthor Commented:
Thank you
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you don't understand Active Directory Backup and Restore you should make a point of learning it.

While the guide below is for 2008, many of the concepts and techniques will remain the same.

AD DS Backup and Recovery Step-by-Step Guide

Understanding how to properly restore is just as important as understanding how to backup.  Failing to understand this can corrupt your active directory.

I would recommend backing up the FSMO master DC as failing to do so means you'll have to seize roles upon restore.  Though IN GENERAL, I wouldn't restore when at least one DC still survives; I'd rebuild and "delete" the "failed" DC from AD.
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