I am trying to test that my backup and restore system is going to work when I need it.
I am installing a new server 2008 r2 OS on a test machine with the hope of restoring the system state backup from production server to this test server.
I foresee I will have trouble with a restore within the same domain, because I'd have conflicts with the actual production server that I'm testing the backups of.
Is there a way to test System State restores without taking a production server offline?
I can only think to restore without a network connection or on a different subnet to prevent conflicts.
Is there anyone with experience of doing this that could help me out please?
Restore the test offline so it's not connected to the network. If it's the same name then it's not a good idea for them to see each other or the server. If it's a DC *DO NOT* put it anywhere near the live network.
I don't think its even possible for me to do this in theory as I would be unable to get the system state to recover to a different machine. So I will probably have to wait till its a necessity.
Only other option is to have a complete mock up DC with users and computer accounts and try and run restores on that.
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