Planning the replacement – tests and validations

One important feature that is present on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is the Active Directory snapshot capability. For our task, this is a powerful feature as it gives us the option to capture the state present in our AD DC at a specific point in time. So, we can view or utilize that information in the future to fix or replace specific objects in case we face any issues; thus, we will utilize it for our replacement plan. The Active Directory snapshot uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), a rich interface that permits coordination between applications and backup software, which allows you to have live, consistent backups [7].

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