I have followed the instructions here
for moving an existng AD to new hardware. The new hardware is on a test network, and it is the first DC to be on a test forest. The new hardware will not boot. It just goes to a blank black screen. I am suspect of the boot.ini. The HAL version number and files are the same on the source and target computers, although the source is a server and the target is a laptop. Also, does AD need to be installed in the target before you restore the system drive and system state? It seems it would be but it is not mentioned in the article. Any ideas would be most appreciated.