How can I create virtal machine lab environment copying VMs from real bussiness environment
Posted on 2011-10-06
I want to know how I can create virtal machine lab environment copying from a real bussiness environment.
Currently, Domain Controller and Exchange server 2003 are running as virtual machine on the VMware in a real business environment. I want to install Exchange server 2010 and migrate 2003 to 2010.
I am using vSphere4 Advance.
Before this, I want to perform migration test to be sure it will be done perfectly.
I need to copy virtual machines of domain controller and exchange 2003 server and the VMs need to work on test lab environment.
which is the best and easiest way to do this ?
1. by using backup software like backup exec , taking full image of VMs and restore on the test lab environments.
2. by using taking image software like acronis true image, making image of VMs and restore on the test lab
3. or if any other options , please let me know.