Any unintended change to the AD schema or group policy objects can severely impact how an AD environment performs. For this very reason, administrators need to regularly migrate domain controllers from physical domain controllers. Virtual machines provide administrators with a risk-free way to test configuration changes in Active Directory (AD) without severe repercussions.
However, recreating an entire AD network on a virtual machine is difficult and laborious. You need a tool that can recreate your AD architecture on a virtual machine easily and efficiently.
RecoveryManager Plus is just the right kind of tool. It helps you migrate your AD from a physical domain controller to virtual machines without any hassle.
Using RecoveryManager Plus, you can migrate your domain controllers from physical servers to virtual machines in just a few steps.
Note: Make sure that the virtual machine has equal or more disk space than the domain controller.
Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, File>Load Hive>[restored volume]:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM>Open>Key Name = Restored_HKLM>OK.
If restored to a VMware VM, then ensure:
intelide>Start = 0
LSI_SAS>Start = 0
msahci>Start = 3
pciide>Start = 3
In addition to performing P2V restorations of domain controllers, RecoveryManager Plus can also perform P2P, V2P, and V2V restorations, making all your migration troubles a thing of the past.