Active Directory and computer imaging
Posted on 2014-08-06
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?