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Cloning SharePoint 2010 Farm

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I am working for new company and have been left with a SharePoint 2010 production environment that was used as both the test & production environment by the previous admin. Not to mention the fact nothing was ever documented. I would like to create a test environment for SharePoint that mirrors our production environment exactly!!!

Our current production environment is setup as follows:
-3 Front end Web servers running Windows 2008 R2, which are VM’s running on VMware ESXi 5.0
-Database server is a physical server that is running Windows 2008 R2 & SQL 2008 R2
-We do use a SAN for centralize storage.
-SharePoint is using Claims Kerbose authentication.

Ideally I would like to “clone” our production SharePoint servers and rename them so they are accessible on our network but under different names.
-Now I am aware just cloning a SharePoint VM is not that simple since you have to generate a new SID’s and register SPN entries as well without breaking everything.
-Can you even clone a SQL server?

My biggest concern is space since our SAN is running a bit close on space right now. Would solutions like Amazons AWS service be an option? If so, how would we sync our cloud test SharePoint servers with our internal AD servers?
Daryl Sirota
Director of Technical Services

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