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    Testing a backup and restore

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    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?

    Thanks

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    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.

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    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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