I'm investigating the possibility of doing this:
We have x number of VM:s in a "cloud" (ESXi).
We have the ability to take snapshots/restore
All VM:s run Win 2012 Server
One of the VM:s is a Domain Controller (MYDOMAIN)
All other VM:s are are on the domain MYDOMAIN
We have done a lot of configurations in the applications that are dependent on MYDOMAIN
The servers are supposed to be deployed elsewhere in the future (copy VM:s is not an option)
If we do image development the standard way with reference images that are captured and deployed, then the application configuration post image will be extensive
Is it possible to:
Sysprep and capture each VM except the DC
Then setup the DC from scratch at the new site with same settings as before
Then deploy each VM at the new site and join the domain MYDOMAIN
Will that for example preserve most application settings that are dependent in MYDOMAIN?
Is it possible at all?
Please provide comments and links!