Restore Active Diretory 2008 R2 Doain Controller

Posted on 2010-11-08
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
OK, I have a Windows backup of two domain controllers. I'd like to restore the backups onto two new virtual machines and recover the Active Directory.

Could someone advise me on how to do this?

Thanks in advance
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Also, these are the only two domain controllers there are no others.

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by:Mike Kline
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This is going to get tricky because of the different hardware.  this is an old article but follow this
I won't blow smoke I have not tried a system state restore from a physical box  to a new VM.  I've don't P2V's with no issues (old box never turned back on in that case)
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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Why not demote one server then install a Virtual machine you can then add the Domain Controller role to one of the VMs there is not a point of Imaging unless you have other software that is required.

Either way demote the server then run a image of the server then restore the system within the VM you can then promote the server to existing Domain. You can then proceed to demote the other server and do the same process.

System State from Physical to virtual is ok there aren't any issues that I have experienced so far when doing it in a test environment but I would recommend just demoting the physical server then installing a fresh copy within a VM then promote this server.

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You can setup a New Fresh Windows Machine in your virtual box then restore the system state from your DOMAIN Controller.

Could someone advise me on how to do this?

  1. Install a Virtual Machine or Virtual Box on the HOST computer
  2. Setup a windows server inside that virtual machine (post here if you dont know how)
  3. Install VMTools
  4. Copy and paste the system state backup file inside the virtual machine
  5. Restore the file

Hope this helps.

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If i understand your question incorrectly,my apology.
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