Migrating Domain Controller VM to another host

I want to move a 2008 R2 DC to another host to free up resources on the one it is currently on.
Moving the VM is simple enough. Power off and migrate it over. There are other DCs in the environment so shutting it down is not a concern,

My only worry is will moving the DC to another host change anything that could cause problems with DC replication?
I've read horror stories when people try virtualizing existing DC's and was wondering if there is anything similar to worry about in this scenario.
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RobertSystem AdminCommented:
Typically you will be fine moving it as long as the target host is on a version of VMWare that is new enough to support the Virtual Machine Version.
I have restored my DC onto test environments with completely different hardware (and even different versions of VMware) with out any issues.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
My only worry is will moving the DC to another host change anything that could cause problems with DC replication?

No nothing, our DCs move around a farm of 160 hosts during the day, and they continue to function quite normally.

However, HOW are you migrating, I thought I better ask! No vMotion, to move LIVE, power off and power on seems a bit in the dark ages!

I've read horror stories when people try virtualizing existing DC's and was wondering if there is anything similar to worry about in this scenario.

because their idiots!
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SeeDkAuthor Commented:
Thanks, sounds great. This setup only has the Essentials license so no vMotion :(.
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