Authoritative restore on entire Domain Controller generates LDIF files?
Posted on 2014-07-18
I'm running some disaster recovery tests by restoring our Win 2003 SP2 DC VMs from backup into a test environment. We use VSS compliant backups. The first DC I bring up holds the FSMO roles and I start it in DSRM and use ntdsutil to do an authoritative restore on the database. Once it's done, it generates who LDIF files containing back links for AD objects.
Now, from reading the MS documentation and from my own experiments, because I'm doing an authoritative restore on the entire database (instead of an individual object) and since I have a single domain, I should NOT have to import the LDIF files to restore membership information.
Is this correct?