Cloning a Production Virtual Server for Testing

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We would like to clone one of our production win2003 virtual servers for testing software before we install on the actual server. What do you suggest the procedures. I remember in one of your articles that you mentioned not to clone a production server. How can I clone my production for a test environment. Thanks.

Software/Hardware used:
Win2003 STD x64 SPR, HyperV

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I would recommend using vmware’s p2v to clone your system to virtual server. You can then import the vm into vmware player (Free), and perform your software testing:

P2V Converter:

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/overview.html

VMWare Player (Workstation would be better and you can run a trial for 30 days)

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/overview.html

 

 

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  • XENOPHON22
    I do not believe there is a clone function using Server 2003. I would export the server (one export for each instance in your test environment) or copy the vhd (understanding that the SID, name, information will be an exact copy and must be changed if it will be introduced to the same environment as the original).Good luck.
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