Cold converting Active Directory server for VMWare ESX
Posted on 2010-11-08
We have a two host VMWare ESX system setup and are moving all our servers on to this system.
I need to convert two AD servers, both are running AD and DNS. Both are global catalog servers. I have made a cold boot cd with the correct drivers injected into it for booting them and cold cloning.
My question is if I shut down one of the AD servers on a weekend and cold clone it and then bring it back up hours later won't there be issues because of the changes made on the other AD/DNS server while this one was being cloned?
After I clone it, I will need to boot it and setup networking correctly, remove all the ghost hardware remaining in the system, etc.
Will I need to then boot into DSRM once the machine is ready and do a non-authoritative AD restore? Is this even necessary?
What is the best method for cold cloning AD servers, any known issues, etc?