Is it OK to do an ONLINE P2V conversion of Domain Controllers IF the intent is to create a Test Environment?
Posted on 2012-09-11
I'm creating a test environment, wanting to make an identical clone of the Live environment. So I am doing P2V conversions of all the servers.
I have read that domain controllers "should" be done OFFLINE. And I understand the problems of DSN rollback. However, for my situation, I'm going to take the converted VHD files to my Test Environment's Hyper-V servers and booting them there. There will never be any interaction between the converted VHDs and the live Domain controllers.
Can someone authoritative say that an ONLINE P2V of Win 2008 R2 STD SP1 domain controllers is ok to do if I take the VHD files to another network (environment) before booting?
Note: I have 2 DCs to convert, if that makes a difference.