Moving a workstation 9 VM (DC1/EX1) from my Local PC to another PC

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by tinglingtoes, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. tinglingtoes

    tinglingtoes MDL Novice

    Mar 21, 2013
    Hi all,

    I have created the following LAB VM1 using workstation 9.0 on my local desktop (PC1)

    • Windows 2008 R2 Standard SP1, 2GB RAM, 1 CPU
    • Roles/functions as a Primary DC and Exchange 2010 SP2
    • AD and Exchange work correctly on PC1

    I copied all the files from PC1\vm\DC1\*.* to PC2\vm\DC1\*.* and then opened the VM1 from PC2 and I choose "I copied it".

    On PC2 i am unable to open active directory users and computers. I get kerberos error messages, MMC doesn't want to load. Sorry but I havn't got the exact errors, the VM is at work. DCDiag reports messages like it can't contact the domain controller.

    But my question is;
    Even though this VM is a domain controller & exchange server (work nicely on PC1). Should I be able to just pickup the entire folder/files and copy them to PC2.

    Then configure the same network, start it up and it should just work :))

    or am I missing something

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    Yes, should be no issue. Make sure you have the same network IP range on both PCs
  3. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    I know its late reply but just for info if you are changing IP of DC with DNS & EX role then run

    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    dcdiag /fix
    restart netlogon service to write changes to DNS.
    nltest /dsregdns

    You was getting error coz dns was not aware\replicated changed IP.....