This idea was born out of an urgent need rather than extensive research, so forgive me if it reeks of ignorance.
I have a need to set up a test environment based on our current domain. I have attempted to restore a domain controller from a backup to a test PC without much luck. Problem is the hardware of the PC we plan to use as a DC in the test environment is nowhere near the specs of our current DC's. I have encountered the issue of restoring System State on different hardware and have tried every fix I could find - none of them have worked.
This lead me to this idea and I wanted to get some opinions on it before wasting any more time. Plan is:
- Join the test environment server to the domain
- Promote it to a DC to allow for replication of AD.
- Remove it from the Domain without demoting it and run it as the test environment DC
Please comment on any issues that this may cause.