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Looking for a free Active Directory simulation tool

I am a member of a support group which manages one Organizational Unit in our Active Directory domain. I want to propose a reorganization of our OU to our group at our Friday meeting. I want to be able to show a simulation of how the reorganization will look and I want us to be able to change this at the meeting if others in the group want to see it organized in a different way. I found a utility called Virtual AD at http://www.pukka.com/products/default.aspx?productid=VirtAD but there is only a 30 day trial and after that it is very expensive. I would like to be able to work on this for more than 30 days. One idea I had is that if there were a utility that could export all the items (users, computers, Security Groups etc.) into a file structure where each item was a file (say a text file with nothing in it which had the same name as the AD item) then we could just use Windows Explorer to reorganize it. Does anyone know of a free utility that can perform either of these scenarios?
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donander
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Mike KlineCommented:
There are various ways to export the info out of AD.  A csvde export is one way
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/Logon_CSVDE_Export.htm
Other ways are adfind, powershell, vbscript, etc.
I'm not sure those are what you need though because it is not really a "file structure" like you wanted.
One thing that may help you is the AD Topology Diagrammer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb42fc06-50c7-47ed-a65c-862661742764&displaylang=en
You can map out your OU structure in Visio...may help for Friday.
You could also just use virtual server/virtual pc/vmware and build a test DC and build the OU structure there for the meeting.
You could also promote a box in production to be a DC then take it offline to use for a replica in your lab(metadata cleanup the box in production).   However that is probably not something you will be able to do by Friday.
Thanks
Mike
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louislietaerCommented:
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donanderAuthor Commented:
"louislietaer:
try this one
http://www.ldapbrowser.com/info_features.htm"

This one appears to be a tool for editing the actual AD structure rather than a simulated copy. Anyway, it isn't freeware.
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donanderAuthor Commented:
While it is true that AD Topology Diagrammer requires Visio, which is not free, I recently purchased Visio so that won't cost me anything.
Thanks,
donander
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