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troubleshooting Question

Clone active directory to a test domain

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I am looking for advice on the best way to stand up a development instance of our ad 2008 r2 domain.    

We are currently running a Windows 2008 R2 domain {w2k3 functional}.    I would like to setup a copy of this for development/testing reasons.   Setting up another domain isn't really an issue, but keeping the information current between domains and keeping them separate is where I am looking for advice.    

I would like to have the same user & group information on both prod & dev.   I would also like to automate the process so there is an update run at least once a day to reflect adds/deletes of users/etc.        I do want to keep the domains separate {as far as trusts} to avoid any issues.    Both domains will however be on the same network.

I can write a number of scripts to do this, but being a lazy  *eerrr* efficient admin...I just wondered if there is a better way.  Thoughts?