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By cttechguy72 ·
Anyone have any good ides on how to test restoring Actice directory and Exchange servers?

My boss wants procedures in place to test both of these critial areas .

I was thinking about using VMware or creating a small test network.

does anyone have any other suggestions >
any suggestions or articles would be great

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by lowlands In reply to Testing AD and Exchange R ...

Using a small test network (on any virtual server, VMWare or MS Virtual Server) would work great. That's the way I test it.

Keep your test systems seperated from your production network and nothing can go wrong.

Some links:
Administering AD Backup and Restore
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/f66ee9e4-96d7-4f74-a2fe-d669194bf5a21033.mspx

Authoritive, Primary and Normal Restores
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library//18f89932-80ee-4b50-9a1f-698cada42ccc1033.mspx

Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Operations guide
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/disrecopgde.mspx

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