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Copy existing Active Directory database to test environment

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What I would like to accomplish is to be able to take a copy of an existing active directory database to be used into a test environment.  Where I am stuck is what would be the best way to accomplish this.  I was thinking along the same lines like we used to do with NT4 which was to create a new BDC, take it off-line and then promote it to a PDC in a disconnected network.  I could do the same sort of thing by promoting a member server to a domain controller, disconnecting it and then seizing all roles in a test environment.  However, that would leave references to the temporary server in the production active directory database.

Any recommendations about the best way to proceed?
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ADMT might be what you want here..  Or you could backup the System State and restore it to the new system...

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/tools/admt/default.asp
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And of course, you could always install it as a secondary Domain Controller (with DNS) and sieze the rolls after disconnecting...  but I think the above is more suited to your situation..

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/dssbl_dfr_txor.asp
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