lab environment creation?

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daemonr00t posted this 09 March 2016

Hi team, Anyone out there with a  process out there to create/maintain a test environment?Was thinking on setting up some LDF exports in regards to OU, user, computer and group objects but I wonder how you folks manage to do it?.I’d appreciate any guidance on this matter.Many thanks   ~d

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SmitaCarneiro posted this 09 March 2016

We just built a new test domain, tested and then built a prod domain that is identical in terms of structure. Only the names are different.

All the tasks, scripts, GPOs that will be used in production are first done in the test environment and then exported to prod.

The users who need to be in test are provisioned using the same method (our home grown system) that is used to provision production.

 

I’m sure there are better ways of maintaining a test environment, but for now this is what we believe will work for our environment.

This is still brand new so only time will tell.

 

Smita

 

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hcoleman posted this 09 March 2016

There were some scripts that came with the Group Policy Management Console back in the Win 2003 days, CreateXMLFromEnvironment.wsf and CreateEnvironmentFromXML.wsf. See

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787823(v=ws.10).aspx and

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757312(v=ws.10).aspx for more information.

 

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idarryl posted this 09 March 2016

Have you considered recovering your domain into a separate, isolated, environment?  It's not particularly maintainable, but recovering your domain every 3/6 months would have the added bonus of being DR ready, and you could test things like schema upgrades with confidence, knowing it was an exact replica. 
~Darryl

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rwf4 posted this 10 March 2016

To go along with the other suggestions-

 

http://www.gilkirkpatrick.com/Blog/post/Automated-Construction-of-an-Active-Directory-Test-Environment-on-Hyper-V-using-LDIF-and-PowerShell

 

 

 

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Rajeev Chauhan posted this 18 April 2016

Setup the AD and use power shell script to export OU, GPO etc and then do import. 


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lapidus posted this 18 April 2016

Will try this one :

ADMirror PowerShell Module
A set of functions to dump OUs, Users, Groups and GPOs from one Active
Directory and mirror them to another, test Active Directory. Perfect
for creating a test environment.
https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/AD-Mirror-PowerShell-Module-331b1b12#content

2016-04-18 12:49 GMT+01:00 Rajeev Chauhan :
> Setup the AD and use power shell script to export OU, GPO etc and then do
> import.
>

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santhosh posted this 01 May 2016

Another option - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jratsch/2012/02/17/how-to-create-a-test-lab-from-a-production-environment-using-hyper-v-and-gpmc-scripts/

Thanks,
Santhosh

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lapidus posted this 01 May 2016

This will be more a dev environment, only one time copy of 3: OUs, Groups, GPOs.

Because this dev domain share the network, they will be installed from scratch, new domain names, so on...

Em 01/05/2016 2:11 da manhã, "Santhosh Sivarajan" <Santhosh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> escreveu:
Another option - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jratsch/2012/02/17/how-to-create-a-test-lab-from-a-production-environment-using-hyper-v-and-gpmc-scripts/



Thanks,


Santhosh


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santhosh posted this 02 May 2016

Then the GPMC script is perfect for your scenario

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