how to transfer production environment to virtual lab

Hello,
I have a question regarding cloning DC and reproducing environment in the test lab.

So we have one forest with root domain (same name as forest name) root.domain.com and second domain domain2.domain.com. Do we need to clone DC that has FSMO roles which is located in the root.domain or we need to clone both DCs for each domain? Also, all our data is actually is in the second domain domain2.domain.com. If we clone just the second domain, is it possible? or we need also to clone the FSMO DC for the root?

Thank you so much
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The simplest method to do this, is to use the vCenter Server CLONE function, Right Click the VM, and select CLONE.

then create a new Private Lab Network, change the Virtual Machine Network interface to match this network, and power on the VM.

A few EE of my EE Articles for you to read

HOW TO: Select the right answer to "I Moved It" or "I Copied It" in VMware vSphere (ESXi)

HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server
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creative555Author Commented:
Ok. THank you so much, Andrew! The lab we have is running VMWare workstation and the prod environment is using esxi. So, do we need to clone the FSMO DC as well as DC for each domain?

For the Virtual Machine Network interface, do you mean adjust the virtual machine  network interface under Virtual Network Editor? Any issues with compatibilities from moving VMs from esxi into VMware workstation test lab.

If you could please list the steps for importing and configuring VMs from prod servers clone into VMware workstation. What network adapter would be best suited for this - HOST, NAT, etc

Do we need to disconnect the laptop that is running VMware workstation from the production domain or not?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ok. THank you so much, Andrew! The lab we have is running VMWare workstation and the prod environment is using esxi. So, do we need to clone the FSMO DC as well as DC for each domain?

okay, change of plan, if you want to go to VMware Workstation.... you need to V2V....
and that means VMware Converter. You will need to COPY/CLONE ALL DCs, to ensure you have the correct setup.

I was talking ESXi (vSphere).

For the Virtual Machine Network interface, do you mean adjust the virtual machine  network interface under Virtual Network Editor? Any issues with compatibilities from moving VMs from esxi into VMware workstation test lab.

If you could please list the steps for importing and configuring VMs from prod servers clone into VMware workstation. What network adapter would be best suited for this - HOST, NAT, etc

My EE Articles should help

NAT or HOST, to ensure the VMs are not communicating on the same LAN.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
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creative555Author Commented:
Thank you very much! Excellent answer!
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