What I'm trying to accomplish might be the best way to start this.
I have to do a DR test. I'm given 2 days to rebuild AD, Fileserver and SQL from scratch from Dell/IBM hardware to HP Server DL380 Server.
What I started out doing was building a windows 2003 Server with SP2 and trying to do a system state restore over it using different hardware. This Fails. I tried putting server 2003 and AD named the same but it still fails because of the hardware.
I've tried to use a tool named ADix to export the AD database and restore it again. I'm yet to get this to work.
I need a 3rd option. If I build a 2003 server as a test box and join it to our domain and do a DCpromo on it and then take it to the DR site How do I make it the PDC. How do I restore the RID,PDC and Infrastructure databases?
If someone has an Article with a step by step guide how to do this can you please send me the link.
Other than these options I'm open to suggestions.
But I have limited hardware so virtual envoirnments arent going to work as far as I can see.