Setting up a mock network for testing purposes

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Migration
We need to build a mock network for testing purposes and move some domain machines from the production network to this test environment with a new Active Directory server and domain mimicking the production domain. What issues can you foresee for this setup (if any?)

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  • ErroneousGiant
    None, if you do a backup/restore of AD (also a good way to test if you can restore your primary network resources for Disaster Recovery.
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  • mnman66
    One thing you want to always do is ensure that you have this testing domain TOTALLY seperate from your production network. We had started to construct a testing domain, and believe it or not, it started to interfere with our production domain. If at all possible, set aside a corner of your computer room for this. Get a seperate router, patch panel, DC, desktop, what have you. Have them within their own network. Then you can be sure that what you are testing is pure. You can add at will to try and mimic issues in production. If you need to transfer software from your production domain to your test domain, you'll have to transfer from DVD/CD, or other media. Never connect one domain to the other via the network, or you'll see issues that will be just plain nasty. Hopefully, you can be proactive and find any little hidden faults that may hamper production.
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