How to move clone of virtual citrix server to new farm

We have a dev and production v4.5 MetaFrame citrix farm.  All Citrix servers are virtualized using VMware.  Here is our challenge.

We made a clone of the primary citrix server.  The clone is assigned to an isolated network, as such can not contact either the dev or production farm.  While the server is isolated; its name and IP is changed and it is added to a work group.  It will be joined to the Active Directory after it is allowed on the network.  

I am trying to figure out the best way to have this server join to the dev farm.  Is it safe to bring the server on to the network after the server’s name & IP has been changed and it is out of the Active Directory?  I am afraid it will try to keep the primary server role.

The clone was made of the primary server in the production farm.  I do not understand the significance / role of the farm's primary server.  What are the effects when reassigning the primary server?
epmmisAsked:
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Depends on what you mean by primary???  Do you mean the data collector for the zone?

http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/xenapp5fp-w2k3/ps-install-config-cloning-v2.html

Configuring Servers after Cloning
Zone settings are not retained when cloning a server. When the Citrix Independent Management Architecture service on the cloned server starts for the first time, the cloned server joins the Setup default zone. When deploying images to servers in multiple zones, assign zone information for each server after the cloning process.

After imaging your servers, join these servers to your farm by using the CHFARM command.
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epmmisAuthor Commented:
Alas, this is where my limited citrix knowledge comes through.  I was told that the server I cloned was the "primary" server. Please define the role of the data collector.
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epmmisAuthor Commented:
Does what you wrote about XenApp 5 apply to 4.5 MetaFrame?  
The farms are v4.5 MetaFrame.
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Carl WebsterCommented:
MetaFrame 4.5 is the same thing as XenApp 5.  Citrix just changed the name when they came out with the version that runs on Server 2008.
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epmmisAuthor Commented:
Here is why we need to clone a specific server and then join it to the dev farm.

Last month we applied RollUp 7 to this "Primary Server". The install finished without error.  After this server was rebooted the entire Farm became none repsonsive to logons.  Before we could gather the logs and do further diagnostics the server reverted back to its pre-install configuration by applying the vm's snapshot.  Once the server was reverted to pre-install config the farm was just fine.

Out intention is to clone the server, join it to the dev farm and then try the RollUp 7 install again.  That is why we need this specfic server joined to the dev farm.

Yes we tested the RollUp in the dev farm. It installed without error.
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Citrix has prereqs before you can install HRP7.  Did you follow them?

I have installed HRP7 numerous times for many customers and have never had an issue.

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX127926
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Carl WebsterCommented:
Before You Install This Hotfix Rollup Pack (Prerequisites)

Citrix License Server
11.6.1 or later
A warning appears if the license server has not been upgraded to the required version. The installation proceeds but connections to XenApp servers will not work until the license server is upgraded.
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epmmisAuthor Commented:
Before installing HRP7 we opened a tech support case for them to review the update.  Tech support stated the farm was ready for the upgrade.  The license server is v11.6.1.
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