Local copy of Active Directory for offline demo purposes

marine7275 used Ask the Experts™
I have an ERP application loaded in a VM that needs to be fully functional while off the network because the site of the demo location does not have reliable network connectivity or wireless options. This ERP has been configured and loaded using domain service accounts but with the machine not able to access the domain as needed, it does not fully operate because it has nothing to authenticate against. Also the app will not allow me to use local accounts because of the way it is integrated with other network apps.

So, my question is- How do I get a local copy of AD on this machine without making it a DC?
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You cant. The only thing I can suggest is bringing them up in a ESX environment using P2V converter. You can keep them off of the network this way and still have access to a virtual DC.

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