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By mgonzales ·
I need to setup a test network that has the same user accounts from my production enviroment. Any recommendations on a good process to do this?

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by Rabbit_Runner In reply to Test Network

I need to make some assumptions to answer this question. First, you will be running a Window server, either NT4 or 2000. Second take your test server and install it with the OS and connect it to your existing production network. Third, promote this server to BDC (in an NT4 environment) or a DC (in a win2k environment). This causes the SAM (all user accounts and passwords) or the AD (active directory data base) to be copied to your new server. Also make certain it has a copy of the Global Catalogue. Fourth, once the system has been synchronized with the other domain controllers, take it off line and use it to start your test network.
Now, you will have some clean up to do. On an NT4 domain, have the test server, which you just removed, deleted from the Server Manager. On an Win2k AD, the process will be much more involved. Check on Microsoft's web site for the details as it is a bit lengthy.

On your test machine, if it is NT4 and OFF of the production network, promot it to PDC. All user accounts will have been copied and your new test domain is running. If your server is Win2k, you will need to 'seize' the 5 FSMO's. Again check Microsoft's Knowledge Base for the details to do this.

This will give you an overview of what needs to be done. Because of the details, check with the Knowledge Base on Microsoft's web site.

Hope this helps.

Michael R.

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by mgonzales In reply to

I got it to work thanks.

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