The Active Directory Virtual Lab is a component of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition that helps you create virtual test environments from an Active Directory forest. You can use the created test environments to design and evaluate Active Directory disaster recovery scenarios, test planned Active Directory changes before deploying them to production, train your staff to perform Active Directory-related tasks, and more.
When creating virtual machines from the source computers, the Active Directory Virtual Lab uses third-party virtualization software, such as Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), VMware ESX, or VMware vCenter. For a full list of supported virtualization software, see the System Requirements section in the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition Release Notes.
You can create virtual machines that maintain all the data available on the source computers, including Active Directory, installed programs, and files. To manage the created virtual test environment, you need to use the native tools provided by the virtualization software with which the Active Directory Virtual Lab created the virtual machines in the test environment.
To create a virtual test environment from an Active Directory forest, you first need to select the source computers (domain controllers or standalone servers) you want to include in the test environment, configure settings to create a virtual machine from each source computer, and then have the Active Directory Virtual Lab create the test environment for you.
For instructions on creating a virtual test environment, see How to create a virtual test environment.
This section lists the permissions required to create a virtual test environment by using the Active Directory Virtual Lab.
Table 39: Required permissions
|Install and use Active Directory Virtual Lab.||Be a member of the local Administrators group.|
Create a virtual machine from a source computer.
NOTE: This includes access to the source computer, Forest Recovery Agent installation, and virtualization agent installation.
|Create a virtual test environment using Microsoft SCVMM.||
Have the Delegated Administrator role on the Microsoft SCVMM server.
Be a member of the local Administrators group on the target Hyper-V host.
|Create a virtual test environment using VMware vCenter/ESX.||
VMware vCenter/ESX server:
To install Converter Standalone agent, use built-in Administrator account to connect to the source machine or disable User Access Control (UAC) on the source machine.
This section provides information about the communication ports required to create a virtual test environment with the Active Directory Virtual Lab.
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