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VDR backup of Active Directory VMs

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Just wondering if many are using VDR to backup their AD VMs? I would like to as it would make recovery of the entire VM obviously faster. I would still do in host backups of the system state and such, but just wondering if anyone has tested an AD VM backup and restore with VDR? Any thought/concerns/problems with doing this?

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vmroyale
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Hello.

Personally, I prefer to just grab the system state backups and no more. If I need to do a restore, I will just deploy a new vm from template and then use the system state for the restore.

It might be worth reading Microsoft's "[Backup and Restore Considerations for Virtualized Domain Controllers|http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd363545%28WS.10%29.aspx]" TechNet document for Windows 2008. It appears to apply only to Windows virtualization. For Windows 2003, check out kb 875495. The thing to keep in mind is support from Microsoft. You don't want to perform an unsupported DC restore and then find out you will not be supported by Microsoft with it.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com

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vmroyale
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Hello.

Personally, I prefer to just grab the system state backups and no more. If I need to do a restore, I will just deploy a new vm from template and then use the system state for the restore.

It might be worth reading Microsoft's "[Backup and Restore Considerations for Virtualized Domain Controllers|http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd363545%28WS.10%29.aspx]" TechNet document for Windows 2008. It appears to apply only to Windows virtualization. For Windows 2003, check out kb 875495. The thing to keep in mind is support from Microsoft. You don't want to perform an unsupported DC restore and then find out you will not be supported by Microsoft with it.

Good Luck!

Brian Atkinson | vExpert | VMTN Moderator | Author of "VCP5-DCV VMware Certified Professional-Data Center Virtualization on vSphere 5.5 Study Guide: VCP-550" | @vmroyale | http://vmroyale.com

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