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Is it OK to do an ONLINE P2V conversion of Domain Controllers IF the intent is to create a Test Environment?

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.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
You can do it online. But you should preferable do it via replication.

If you replicate it to a VM then you may need to run DCPROMO  on the source VM again to remove it from the domain.

If you have one in virtual format then just take the files and fire them up in the new environment

Are both DCs in the same domain? Then you need to convert just one.
Sarang TinguriaSr EngineerCommented:
What I would suggest is assuming You have all the FSMO's on on Production DC

Make a clone of that Production DC having all the FSMO's
Now all below steps needs to be performed in test DC/Doamain
Move new test DC in seprate environment
Login to new Test DC and perform metadata cleanup for the second DC which was part of domain in production enviroment (No need to touch Prod DC's)
Check the fsmo status using dcdiag /test:fsmocheck
Change the IP's and accordingly change DNS settings
Now create a fresh VM in test enviroment (As you wished to move both the DC of prod in question if am not wrong)
So now you have same domain in two different network segment and make sure they do not communicate with each other in any case
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
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