Test/Dev Environment Solutions?

We have a need to build a Test/Dev environment, first for AD/Exchange, but thereafter any systems that need testing should be able to utilize this environment. We've started discussing building a completely separate VMware build for this, but I'd like to review solutions out there that are geared for this purpose. I've briefly looked at Asure, DoubleTake, but really want the best solution and wondering what those products are.

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
A hosted VmWare solution would be much faster than cloud solutions and its up to you on how much you want to invest.
Just get a nice server (refurbished if you want to save serious money...search for Dell PowerEdges R610-R710) with massive memory and decent storage and install:
  • Domain Controller -  1 VM
  • Exchange : 2nd VM
  • SQL Server : 3rd VM
  • TFS :3rd VM
  • The Rest like File Server 4th VM
Scotch TechITAuthor Commented:
I found a company with it's proprietary software that sits on top of ESXi. It will replicate any production server to a sandbox, then you can test and delete as necessary. Going to trial this:


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Scotch TechITAuthor Commented:
We're going with Kubisys
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