Migrating Win 2008 AD in to another machine ?

Hi Experts,

I'm running Active Directory - Windows 2008 R2 Standard on a virtual machine inside a VMware ESXi instant. And Now I'm planning to migrate this service in to a physical machine.

What would be correct scenario of doing this ?  Any helpful HOWTO links ?

Thanks a lot !
Shakthi777Asked:
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
In this case the most simple one method would be adding additional Domain Controller. Please follow an article on my blog for that at
http://kpytko.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/adding-additional-domain-controller/

At the end, transfer FSMO roles to physical box
http://kpytko.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/transferring-fsmo-roles-from-gui/
http://kpytko.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/transferring-fsmo-roles-from-command-line/

when you transfer PDC Emulator role, you need to advertise new time server in your environment

[...]- after transfer of the PDCEmulator role, configure the NEW PDCEmulator to an external timesource and reconfigure the old PDCEmulator to use the domainhierarchie now. Therefore run on the NEW "w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:PEERS /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update" where PEERS will be filled with the ip address or server(time.windows.com) and on the OLD one run "w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /reliable:no /update" and stop/start the time service on the old one. All commands run in an elevated command prompt without the quotes. [...]

it's an extract from MVP blog at
http://msmvps.com/blogs/mweber/archive/2010/02/10/upgrading-an-active-directory-domain-from-windows-server-2003-to-windows-server-2008-or-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

Regards,
Krzysztof
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
I would just standup a brand new build and promote it as a second DC in your environment.
Once promoted I would allow for a full sync to happen.  Once that is done I would then move the FSMO roles to that server and  shut down the other DC for a day or so and see if there are no issues.  If that is all successful I would then turn back on the VM DC and demote it.

How to transfer FSMO Roles
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Sorry iSiek.
Your post was not up prior to me responding.
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
Don't worry yo_bee :)

Krzysztof
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Shakthi777Author Commented:
Tnx guys !
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Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
You're welcome :)

Krzysztof
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Please to assist
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