I've ran active directory in the past in the 2003-2008 era. I remember multiple headaches i had back then:
I wanted to upgrade the domain controller hardware which was going to cause a rebuild. I'm not a network guy by trade but rather a programmer. I tried to do a trying to backup / restore my active directory network but i wasn't successful in the end.
AD & all the services would bog down the machine. It took forever to boot and the machine was slow.
I decided to not run a domain any more and just run a simple workgroup at the time. Now trying to constantly learn new things in programming i'm running to roadblocks because some of the services i need to use are only available on AD networks.
So my questions are:
Is it relatively simple to backup and restore an active directory network to another machine without being a windows AD rock star? How about back up if i would loose the machine? Is it pretty straight forward?
I remember when i tried to create a virtual machine and try to try to use it as a temp domain controller so that i could migrate everything back to the new hardware when i brought it up but it didn't work. I plan to setup the domain controller on a esxi server i built so hopefully that will eliminate
Is AD (and the services it requires) a lot less resource intensive then they used to be? I'm hoping to only allocate 1-2 GB of ram. Its not like i'll have a lot of users on this domain. Probably 10 at most (MSA & Virtual Accounts)