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K_Wilke
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Hello all,
I have a new client that has two file servers on VMWare.  One is a Windows 2003 server and one is a Windows 2008 server.  The 2003 is the PDC of Active Directory and the 2008 is the BDC.
Is there any way to move the two virtual servers onto actual file servers?
Is there a backup software that will do this (to restore on non same hardware)?
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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Ralph ScharpingDigital Therapist

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Acronis True Image with Universal Restore

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Commented:
So this will also restore the Active Directory?
Ralph ScharpingDigital Therapist

Commented:
Yes.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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The recommend and supported method is to create new Servers, Add the Active Directory role, transfer the FSMO roles from the old servers to new servers, and then discontinue the old servers,

There is no PDC and BDC anymore. (that was Windows NT 4.0).

I would not recommending the imaging approach because you will end up with an Active Directory services that does not sync.

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Can you do the FSMO portion then do the true image on top of that?
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The way Acronis wants it done is a restore of the machine and afterwards an authoritive restore of AD.  It requires a bit effort, but it can be done.
It would be easier, if you could remove AD from one of the hosts, image both and promote the second one back up after the conversion.
Maybe it would be a good idea to lose that 2003 machine as DC all together?

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This is what I was looking for...Thank you

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