Server 2012 Domain Controller Cloning


    Server 2012 active directory includes the new feature called domain controller cloning.Using this feature we can easily create domain controllers without installing os or running adds installation wizard.

    System Requirement of the domain controller cloning.

    • Virtualization platform which is supporting VMGID(Hyper-v 2012)
    • Windows Server 2012 operating system running as a Guest Domain Controller
    • PDC emulator on windows 2012
    • Forest Functional Level to be Windows Server 2003 or higher
    • Schema version- 56.

    In my setup, I have only one dc.(testad)


    First I need to grant the permission ,therefore im adding my domain controller to the cloneable domain controllers group



    Now I have to run Get-ADDCConingExcludedApplicationList GenerateXml for scanning all the installed applications such as DHCP to excluding them from them the cloning process


    Now im goning to enter the new domain controllers configuration using New-ADDCCloneConfigFile

    New-ADDCCloneConfigFile -Static -SiteName HO -IPv4DNSResolver -IPv4Address -CloneCompugterName ADC -IPv4DefaultGateway -IPv4SubnetMask



    Now I can shutdown the vm and export in to the somewhere


    In this step exported vm will be import in the same host. We have to select generate new unique id by selecting third option.


    Once we done the importing process, we can start both domain controllers.(To cloned one should be renamed)




    We can verify our domain controller functioning from dsa.msc



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