Restoring virtual EBS 2008 Domain Controller from Veeam backup
Posted on 2014-12-19
We are running a virtual (VMware) EBS 2008 domain that gets backed up by the Veeam B&R daily. Everything is running reasonably well, but we have never tested restoring it from the backup, because we do not currently have any spare gear to do it.
I am trying to find out (if anyone's tried it already?) if everything works well after the servers are restored. The reason why I ask, is that I spoke to a consultant, which told me that the Active Directory databases of DC's dated prior to Server 2013 tend to break when restored from a backup. Reason being is that Veeam apparently creates a snapshot of the live VM and uses it as as a source of the backup. This is supposed to be a problem because restoring from snapshots has negative effects on AD and it had only been fully optimized in Server 2013.
Can anybody please confirm whether that could be a real issue? And if yes, are there any ways around it?