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Replica of W2K Server for my Test Lab

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I'm trying to create an exact copy of our live network in a test lab environment for future testing.  We currently have 2 W2K Servers, and i've just added a third DC.  Used the active directory wizard, and everything worked fine.  Now i want to remove the third server from the live network, and have it be the DC for my testlab.  If i use DCPROMO and select "This server is the last domain controller in the domain", will this remove the server from the live network, and if so will it mess up my live W2K servers?
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It would probably been easier to just setup your test network, then use Active Directory Restore mode with your backups from the original DC...  As long as your system state was being backed up, you could install your backup to the new DC and have it be identical to your original setup...

Just a thought..

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Just in case you are interested, here is a boiled down version of how to do this..

http://www.win2000mag.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=15558

ntdsutil command

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;255504

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And this is a good article..

Backup/Restore the System State on your Windows 2000 server.

http://www.jsifaq.com/sube/tip2000/rh2003.htm
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Thanks..  good luck with your testing..!!

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