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How to promote Active Directory FSMO to another server..

Hi All

i have a scenario where in ther is one server which is working as a Active DC (Only one domain name on single machine)with a Exchange mail server 2000 Installed. I want to replicate these services to another server just to check the BAckup restoration process i.e. it works or no.But i dont have a Identical hardware hence i cannot restrore the System state backup from the working machine to the backup machine..

Hence i decided to first connect the another machine as a Additonal domain controller to the Main server and then after the System state gets replicated by active directory remove the backup server and make it to work as Master and then load exchange and try the backup process...

Now here my worry is whenever i try to switch the Mater role for the Five operations i.e. Schema master,Domain namiing master,RId master,Infrastructure master, PDC emulator master..it searches for the main domain controller first for the FSMO...But i am worried that if i connect the backup server to the main network and then switch the FSMO then my main server will go down...which i dont want to happen and neither i can take any chance as the backup is not tested yet.

How can i do this ? what are th possible ways to do it ? is there is anyother safe way i can try?

Regards and thnaks

Samir.
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bkinseyCommented:
If you're just testing your basic disaster recovery process (i.e. "If I lose everything on my server due to a drive failure, can I get it back?"), by far the SAFEST way to do it would be take your second machine, put it on it's own test network, set it up as an AD DC, w/ Exchange (same setup you've got on your production machine - separate network so you don't interfere with your production network operations), and use it as both your backup source and your restore point.  In other words, set it up, back it up, mess it up, and see if you can restore it to working order with your backup software.

If your overall DR strategy needs to encompass restoring a server to different, non-identical hardware, you'll want to test that too.  It can be done, by using Sysprep for example,  but I'd recommend making that a second, separate step.  Make sure you can recover the same machine first.

Hope this helps get you started.
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