I'm setting up a preproduction environment as a copy of production. The first time this was done, a very long time ago, when staging/preprod environment was created, we spun up an AD virtual machine, temporarily added it to production, waited for it to be replicated to, then removed it from production.
It seems like there should be an easier way / better way to get snapshot of the production AD environment.
Googling variants of my question returns no useful results. Do other people have a similar (for legacy reasons) environment? Is what we're doing the way you're doing it too?