Best Practice - BAcking UP Active Directory on 2008 R2 and above using Windows System Backup

Hi,
I have been reading a link (see below ) concerning the Windows System Backup in relation to Backing/restoring the Active Directory on a DC.
Trying to find a simple document or overview of Best practice to apply to a Domain Controller to cover backup/restore


https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2008.05.adbackup.aspx
ccfcfcAsked:
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
If you have multiple DC's you don't need any backup. Best you can do system state backup for your FSMO holder.
ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
Yes that has always been my logic, but it doesn seem to simple a system state backup now for recovery that.
I am looking at worst case for the DC plus for testing/DR purposes of the AD .....
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
For DR, If you have VM servers, you can do a cold clone, bring it up in test, seize and transfer FSMO role, if you are cloning FSMO folder you can avoid seize and transfer steps.
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ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
I would like to test using a backup/restore hence my original question. Introducing VM servers is another complexity/component to the solution
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:

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ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
Exactly what I provided as part of the question. Is that "best practice" ?
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Yes that is the best practice.
ccfcfcAuthor Commented:
Thanks ...guess I need to understand and feel comfortable with it.....Thanks
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