Offsite restore testing of Exchange 2013

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Hi.  I'm currently running Exchange 2013 onsite with a Windows 2008 DC.  I have a hot site where I use VEEAM to replicate both the Exchange server and DC.  Lately I have been having issues with AD services not starting correctly when restoring the DC with VEEAM.  After reading that restoring DC's from replica's can be problematic, I have built a DC that sits at the hot site, which I will use in the event of a disaster recovery.  However I'm not sure the best way to go about testing that everything will work correctly in my scenario.  Can I disconnect my hot site from my production site, seize the FSMO roles on my DR DC, and start Exchange? What do I need to do when its time to bring the DR DC back online (and connect to my production network)? Is it better just to kill the DR DC and promote a new server once the testing is complete?
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Do you have a required hardware for the second site that you can run all the time? At the very least AD server and Exchange, or your resources are limited only to disaster state, which only then you'll be able to power-up some servers?

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I have the resources required to run the DC server and Exchange server all the time
Is there adequate amount of network bandwidth to be able to maintain a proper Exchange replication between the sites? Like indicated here. I suggest you create DAG to make your environment highly available.
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No unfortunately 1Gbps is not available without a hefty price tag.  That type of availability would be nice but its not required.
I'm not sure where you saw 1Gbps, however you would need to move your Exchange data to the remote site, what's the plan around that? How're you planning on doing it?
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Hi,

Another important recommendation, you  should not install Exchange on a domain Controller.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms.exch.setupreadiness.warninginstallexchangerolesondomaincontroller(v=exchg.160).aspx

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Valentina

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