I created a VHD file of our small production server (hosting internal web pages for the company). I'd like to set up the VHD up as a dev server so that it'll be a mirror of the production system and I know the two environments are the same. It'll be a connected to our Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V.

What changes do I need to make so that it can co-exist on our network with the production server, other than the IP address? Is simply updating the IP enough? Licensing is handled through our MSDN account so that is covered.

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    You'll need to change the computer name.
    – joeqwerty
    Feb 25 '19 at 15:13
  • Ah, didn't think of that - is changing it in System Properties good or do I need to do this in the registry?
    – HPWD
    Feb 25 '19 at 15:27
  • You do it in the System Properties. If the server is running SQL Server or Sharepoint Server you'll also need to take steps to rename the SQL and/or Sharepoint instances.
    – joeqwerty
    Feb 25 '19 at 15:34

Make sure to run a sysprep generalize on the server before allocating it a network card.

Without a generalize, renaming it can be dangerous to make, as it can lockout your other server out of the domain, as technically both server got the same SID, thus a rename can affect the computer account in your active directory.


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