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Cloning SharePoint 2010 Farm

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?
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You can use Microsoft Azure, and connect your existing AD to the Cloud.

It's certainly not wise to clone or change names on Sharepoint Servers, and is likely to break.
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Thank you for your feedback..

Any suggestions on how I can clone / mirror our production SharePoint environment to test then???

I'm open to out-of-the-box ideas here..
You can "clone/mirror" to test in a seperate "cloned" Domain, and use private networks or switches.

but renaming a Sharepoint Server, removing from a Domain will break it for sure.
Here lies my problem I need my SharePoint test environment to be accessible on the same LAN  / Domain as my production network since other user's (web developers, test user etc..) will need access to the environment.

I wonder if there is third party software out there that can sync Sharepoint environments?

BTW, how much does the MS Azure service cost
Good to know..

Still trying to figure out how to mirror my production enviroment to a test farm..

I wonder if I could build a empty farm then sync it using third party software?

http://www.avepoint.com/sharepoint-replication-docave-V6/
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if it isn't documented, building a new test environment using the production environment as a base and documenting it would be my first step, then rebuild the production environment.
unless you implement an airgap that cannot be bridged, if you clone your environment as suggested in post 39056901 it will just be a matter of time before somebody bridges the two environments and breaks AD in your live environment.
Thanks for the recommends everyone.

1) For our Vmware Backups we are using vRanger.

2) I like the idea of creating a new vLAN but clone not only my sharepoint server but DC's would require more space which is very limited on my SAN right now. THis is why I was bouncing around the idea of hosting a test sharepoint environment in the cloud like Azure or Amazons AWS.

3) I have not had a change to check out the Veeam site yet.

Has anybody ever used software like:
http://www.avepoint.com/sharepoint-replication-docave-V6/ to keep to seperate farms in sync?
If I were to clone my Sharepoint server and DC's to a isolated local Lav or to the Cloub how would I keep my "test" AD enviroment updated with revelante information with out causing issue with production???
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My one problem is that all my server are disk less and beside my physical SQL server alone take a huge amount of space.
How would I do a restore of an AD environment in a cloud environment?
it only takes one developer to bridge both networks...
I guess I'm asking how I would restore my AD enviroment to an isolated cloud enviroment if I use tape backs up now.