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?