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Best Way to go about building a Lab Environment

Noncentz303 asked
Last Modified: 2012-02-15
Good day everyone,

I am trying to decide which is the best way to approach creating a development environment in which to test on. My company is merging with another company and I need to setup 2 domain controllers, one being companyA and the other being companyB.

My plan is to set them up as GDC's and then segregate them from the network and seize the fsmo roles as well as remove any instance of them from the production domain controllers. ***(If anyone has any good guides or references on how this is done please feel free to enlighten me).

I am wondering how all of you administrators out there handle Windows Server licensing when it comes to development environments. The powers at be do not want me to use any of our current Server 2008 licenses because we have used our allotted amount, although I do have a few MAK "remaining activation counts" available. I am worried though because I have used all 4 virtual licenses available with my only "Server 2008 Enterprise R2". Even though I have some remaining activation I am wondering if Microsoft will peg me if I activate 2 more versions for testing purposes.

Sorry if this is convoluted....... any help is greatly appreciated.

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Perfect! Thanks guys.

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