Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012

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2 Responses

  1. Jonas Mellquist says:

    Super article Zubair!

    Excellent writeup..

    Step 4,3 can be done by using
    Get-ADDCCloningExcludedApplicationList –GenerateXml

    Also I’m not sure that a hard requirement is having an online PDC. If you check out the graphic here it seems that the Source machine can be the PDC. Though it’s mentioned in the requirements above that another DC (with the PDC role) is running and not used as a source DC.

    http://i.technet.microsoft.com/jj574223.df1a9665-b1cf-4fab-91ea-797b60b7c40b(en-us,WS.11).gif

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574223.aspx

    -Jonas, Denmark

  2. Zubair Alexander says:

    Hi Jonas,

    Thanks for your feedback. Here’s my take on this. PDC Emulator must be online either somewhere else on the network or on the source DC, but this role must be on a Windows Server 2012. The requirements do not state that PDC Emulator role can’t be on the source DC. Your observation is correct, according to the graphic the PDC Emulator role can be on the source DC. I do not see anywhere in the requirements that a different DC must be running the PDC Emulator role. According to Microsoft, the PDC Emulator role doesn’t need to be on a hypervisor. In other words, it can also be on a physical server, as long as it is running on a Windows Server 2012.

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