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