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How do I extract user accounts and OU structure from production domain to test domain?

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I am building a DR site with exact domain structure.  I want to test with all the same user accounts and OU structure.  What tool can I use to extract user accounts and OU structure?  

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by:Jay_Jay70
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you are much better off backin up the system state and restoring the entire thing to a new domain

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by:tlouly
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jay,

will it matter if the domain is the same name or different?
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it wouldnt work if the name was different......then you would have to look at other tools such as ADMT but you wont be able to automatically create an exact replica
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by:tlouly
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what tools can i use to create an exact replica of the domain with OU, user, group structure?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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you would want to image the box using Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost (Acronis is better)
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well i cant do that to a production DC.  i just want domain accts and OU structure not an image.  won't cvsde work?
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why cant you imagea  production DC?

CSVDE will bring your accounts across but i guarrantee it will be complex and as far as i know its not going to bring your OU structure over
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