Clone windows 2012 DC an place in an isolated lab

larry colbert
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I need step by step on how to clone a windows 2012 r2 DC and move it to an isolated lab in VMware
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What's the specific purpose? In most cases I'd not cloning at all.,Simply install a new DC and let the data replicate instead. There are only a few cases where cloning might be a good idea, but how you'd do it very much depends on the ultimate goal.
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Do you have vCenter Server ?

if not see here...

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

and then create a new vSwitch, see here

Part 14: HOW TO: Configure basic networking on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

but do NOT allocate any physical nics.

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