We have a server that can only be taken offline for minutes. We need to install SQL 2008 on this server and migrate some databases there.
For testing if this worked we also need a Domain Controller.
My idea: just start the DC and the server from SureBackup, install the SQL server in the lab and test there. But I never used SureBackup, so I dont know if this will work.
Is SureBackup ok with me having servers run for several days and heavily modifying one while doing that?
I would copy the SQL install files, hotfixes, database backups etc to the hosts...but can I copy things on servers in the SureBackup lab? How do I access them, since they obviously cant have the same ip addresses as before?
The other option is to clone both DC and the server and then isolate them from our network, which will be quite difficult since we dont have a test ESX environment and I am not an networker.
Thank you for your ideas!