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
lab environment creation?
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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.
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/cc757312(v=ws.10).aspx for more information.
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.
To go along with the other suggestions-
Setup the AD and use power shell script to export OU, GPO etc and then do import.
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.
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