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Forbidden fruits of Active Directory – Cloning, snapshotting, virtualization


About This Video
We discuss the technical details surrounding domain controller virtualization safeguards in Windows Server 2012 that prevent certain Hypervisor capabilities (when used with virtualized domain controllers) from disrupting the Active Directory system and potentially introducing a permanently divergent state. Beyond simply making virtualized domain controllers safer, Windows Server 2012 also more fully exploits the capabilities of Hypervisors by enabling the rapid deployment of replica DCs through virtual disk cloning—cloning largely requiring only a simple file-copy of the virtual domain controller’s virtual disk file (VHD) and the creation of basic configuration instructions. The ability to clone virtual domain controllers takes Active Directory’s support for virtualization to the next level. Enabling rapid deployment of Greenfield Active Directory environments will cut extensively in the time to recover from an Active Directory Disaster.


Published Date: March 19, 2013
Presented By: Wim Henderyckx, Benjamin Logist



Video: WMV (ZIP) (no longer available)