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

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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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compdigit44

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Casey Weaver

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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Use VMware Converter..

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3 - Shellshock "BASH" Fix included in this version

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
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Do you get an error message ?
Peter Hutchison

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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