AD DS selective backup

Akshiak used Ask the Experts™
we are migrating our active directory objects into a completely seperated server and I'm wondering how to go about backing up AD objects without the domain name, as the new server that the objects are being migrated to will be under a new domain name. is this possible?
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You are trying to backup AD and restore to a different domain? If that is what I understand, then....No, it is not possible. You backup AD by doing a System State backup on a Domain Controller and restore using AD restore mode (a version of Safe Mode on DCs) however, that will not work on a new domain. To move objects from one domain to another in a different forest, you will need to use something like the Active Directory Migration tool or a commercial product like Quest Migration Manager.
As Ivjeff correctly mentioned that you cannot take system backup of one server and restore that on another server. Could you please elaborate your requirements, it would help in giving best solution.

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