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  • Peeling off servers to test major changes

    During a presentation from Microsoft, they mentioned that internally, they "peel off" servers from their network when testing major changes to Active Directory. This consists of having a servers on their production network; one at the forest level and one for each sub-domain.

    Once everything in AD has sync'ed, they remove these servers and place them on a private network (if they have to seize roles; they get formatted and never get placed on the production network again).

    I have been attempting to do this so that I can perform a disaster recovery test on an Exchange server, but think I am missing some steps in the process...

    Has anyone seen any white papers; or perform this procedure themselves? I am trying to find out what all needs to be installed on the servers before they are peeled off (I have one as the global catalog; but need to know how I should be configuring DNS, etc).

    One of the main issues that I have is that when I seize the FSMO roles, they are not propogated to the other domains ...

    i.e.:

    Forest Level server:
    Global Catalog
    Schema Master
    Domain Naming Master

    SubDomain 1 server:
    PDC Emulator
    RID Master
    Infrastructure Master

    SubDomain 2 server:
    PDC Emulator
    RID Master
    Infrastructure Master

    No matter what I do, I cannot seem to get the 2 SubDomain servers to recognize the Forest level server as having seizes the 2 FSMO roles. They allways point to the old production servers.

    Any ideas?... thanks.

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    Re: Peeling off servers to test major changes

    Did you used NTDSUTIL amd enable seize FSMO?

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;255504
    Best Regards,

    Yuval Sinay

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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