Testing a backup and restore
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?