Active Directory - Disaster Recovery Testing
Posted on 2014-07-22
I'm having some issues testing our backups/replicas for disaster recovery purposes when it comes to Active Directory on our domain controllers.
We are currently running Windows 2003 servers for active directory.
We have two forest level controllers, one physical and one virtual.
We have 10 domain level controllers, one physical and the rest virtual.
All virtual controllers are on VMware ESXi 5.1.
I setup an isolated "test" network within VCenter in order to test this disaster recovery.
I made replicas of one virtual forest controller and one domain controller using Veeam 7 and made sure to enable application-aware image processing.
After I boot these VMs in the test environment Active Directory is not working properly.
The error logs show both servers are unable to find the domains they are a part of.
What are some best practices/methods for disaster recovery/testing that could be employed withing the environment we have?
We are obviously missing something to cause these replica servers not to work right.