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Adding to Nathan C's answer. The proper supported way of cloning an AD joined computer is by using sysprep. While normally you can safely say that your new machine will get a new RID, microsoft recommends using sysprep. So unless you can be absolutely sure you won't cause any unforeseen issues it's generally better to follow the recommendations. However it ...


With all servers that are domain-joined, you need to sysprep them first. Revise your steps to the following: 1) Clone the machine using VMWare tools. 2) Boot without network connection. 3) Run C:\windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe and tick "Generalize". Allow it to reboot. 4) Name the machine and connect it to the network and join as normal. The ...

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