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troubleshooting Question

Active Directory and computer imaging

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I have a developer who is wiling to try a new workstation scenario with me, I'm just trying to make sure I am not setting us up for failure.  

It is evidently a PITA to get a development environment setup, and this new developer is wiling to let me try and help him set one up as a VM locally on his win7pro laptop.  The supposed advbantage being if he kills the environment we can roll back.  

After getting windows 7 and office installed and activated, joined to the domain and fully patched , I used windows backup and restore to make a system image.  This image is stored in a folder on his laptop.  If this works we may move if off there.  My question is if he goes using this machine for a few months and then says hey my VM is fubar lets reload that image we took back in the day can I expect this will work alright?  I know with AD there are certain considerations to take into account.  Does it make sense to unjoin it, image and rejoin it to avoid them?

I also have a highly available Hyper V cluster at my disposal...  I could create a VM on that for him and just do snapshots when he wants me to, I just thought we would try the local VM first.  And I thought I might still have AD issues messing with the snapshots.

Does either scenario here sound drastically unsound?