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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Backing Up an Active Directory Domain Controller Virtual Machine

There are special considerations to take into account when defining a backup strategy for an Active Directory domain controller running in a virtual machine. Basically, Active Directory domain controllers should be backed up using only an application that properly interfaces with Active Directory during backup and restore operations. Because Active Directory is transactional in nature, the backup application must ensure that the data backup represents a consistent database state. By default, when restoring a domain controller, the backup application must modify the Active Directory database version to indicate that it was restored from backup and that it must acquire the latest updates ...

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