Copy and Pasting Secondary Domain Controller From One Host to Another VMware

Hi all,

I believe that I have asked similar questions to this before, but not exactly this permutation and am hoping you will say something other than what you are likely to say.  

I want to migrate our Secondary Domain Controller from one VMware host to another, quickly and simply.  But because we are using free ESXI, the only way to do this is via copy to NFS NAS from one host and then paste to another.  Then answer that "was this VM copied" question when adding the VMX file to inventory.

Is this ok to do?  I know common practice is to promote a new DC on the other host as a new VM and then demote the other, but for some reason I find this annoying and wish I could just copy and paste.

So Coles Notes question would be is, what exactly does copying and pasting a secondary DC VM running on server 2012R2 (Enlightened Guest) break, if anything?  Or is this analogous to changing your oil every 5000km even though modern synthetics can go 10k or more?  IE an irrelevant modern practice?

I am grumpy, but have a healthy respect and fear of AD and ultimately dont want a broken AD but come on...2018, domain controller go over there! :-P

Thanks
CnicNVAsked:
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timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
Yes you can do this. You can copy the VM files from that host and paste them on another host and answer yes to that question about the VM being copied. Agreed its not recommended with DCs but it can be done.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will have no issues moving a virtual machine DC which is powered OFF.

When powering ON select you've moved it!

Which you have....

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MaheshArchitectCommented:
When you start moved VM, it will not have ip and dns, so logon with your daily admin account which u used to logon and hopefully it will allow you to logon with cache, then add static ip config and restart the vm
And VM will update / change few device drivers as being started on new host
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Why should the VM OS change if you move to a different host - foo bar !!!
CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, this was the assurance I was after.  

It does seem a bit antiquated to not be able to just copy DCs around.  As long as they are off, marked as moved when adding to the new host and that the old copy of it is kept off or even deleted off of the old host, so that there is no possibility that it ever comes back online again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Exactly!
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