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We are developing some applications that require access to Active Directory, and may change some AD information. What is the best way to copy the AD schema, users and groups to a second, separate AD so that developers may test their code without affecting production? To clarify: the second domain has a different domain name: COMPANY (production) and COMPANYDEV (dev)

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Keep the dev servers isolated from the production network, then restore a backup?

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Bonus points for renaming the domain after restoring, too. – mfinni Nov 1 '10 at 18:16

You could use LDIFDE to export the production domain config, edit the exported text file if needed then import it to the development domain.

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