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Clone domain controller to my lab environment? (Windows 2012 R2 + Vmware 5.5)

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Hey

How do I make a clone of my virtual domain controller for my lab (isolated network)?

Step by step please (Using Windows 2012 R2, Vmware 5.5)

Thanks in advance

Mike
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If you have vCenter Server....

Right Click - CLONE.

if you do not have vCenter Server

see my EE Article

HOW TO: Clone or Copy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESX/ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0

When you have your CLONED VM, make sure it's on a different Virtual Machine Network...(than the production).

see here

HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

and the vSwitch does not need to have any physical nics attached.
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If it's an isolated network, then you can simply load up the datastore view in Vsphere and download the .vmdkfiles and .vmx (or .vmxf) files, import those files into your lab datastore, then have it import the machine from the datastore. The Domain controller will need to be shut down while you copy it off of the datastore.
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Use VMware Converter..

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and Convert you current DC for VMware Workstation or VMware Player.

or Export the current VM, and Import into your isolated ESXi server.

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE
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by:mikeydk
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When I just make a clone - and start the computer the domain does not work. (Someting with VM-Generation ID)

http://blogs.vmware.com/apps/2013/01/windows-server-2012-vm-generation-id-support-in-vsphere.html
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Do you get an error message ?
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Another method is to install Windows Backup and do a Bare Metal backup (ie backup everything) to an external drive.
Then boot from a Windows server DVD on the destination server, select option to do a recovery and select to restore from your bare metal backup.
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