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Restoring AD backup in Test Lab [message #160914] Thu, 10 September 2009 10:39 Go to next message
Charles  is currently offline Charles
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Hi All:

Creating a test lab and would like to know if a backup taking from a
production domain can be restored authoritatively to a domain in a lab
(totally different network) where the domain name matches the one used in
production.

I figure I'd get a backup of the system state from production. Then restore
it in the lab domain on a system that has similar hardware. Would this work?

Thanks,
Chuck
Re: Restoring AD backup in Test Lab [message #160917 is a reply to message #160914] Thu, 10 September 2009 11:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
RC  is currently offline RC  United States
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It would be easier to throw a new domain controller into production,
sync it up, then pull it offline. throw it into the lab and seize the
fsmo roles. esp if you are using a VM
Re: Restoring AD backup in Test Lab [message #160928 is a reply to message #160917] Thu, 10 September 2009 12:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Syed Khairuddin  is currently offline Syed Khairuddin  Saudi Arabia
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Hello,

Yes you can restore it it should work if the computer name, ip
address , service packs and patches are installed according to the old
servers configuration.

You can also restore you system state backup on the diff hardware as
well

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;249694&Product=win2000

Hope it Helps
Re: Restoring AD backup in Test Lab [message #160949 is a reply to message #160914] Fri, 11 September 2009 00:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
meiweb  is currently offline meiweb  Germany
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Hello charles,

If you have different hardware in use, most of the time it will fail with
a blue screen and is not supported also:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694/en-us


Check this articles about creating a test lab:
http://www.pbbergs.com/windows/articles/TestDomain.html

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/jorge/archive/2005/11/19/105. aspx

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/jorge/archive/2005/11/19/107. aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc778772(WS.10).aspx

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Hi All:
>
> Creating a test lab and would like to know if a backup taking from a
> production domain can be restored authoritatively to a domain in a lab
> (totally different network) where the domain name matches the one used
> in production.
>
> I figure I'd get a backup of the system state from production. Then
> restore it in the lab domain on a system that has similar hardware.
> Would this work?
>
> Thanks,
> Chuck
Re: Restoring AD backup in Test Lab [message #160950 is a reply to message #160928] Fri, 11 September 2009 00:27 Go to previous message
meiweb  is currently offline meiweb  Germany
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Hello Syed,

Restoring a system state requires the same hardware as the source server,
otherwise it is not supported and personal i get during testing of restores
to different hardware or VMs always a blue screen.

See:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694/en-us

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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no rights.
** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
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> Hello,
>
> Yes you can restore it it should work if the computer name, ip
> address , service packs and patches are installed according to the old
> servers configuration.
>
> You can also restore you system state backup on the diff hardware as
> well
>
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;249694&Product
> =win2000
>
> Hope it Helps
>
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