marius roma wrote:- I try to start the replica from the vSphere client and the replica starts in black screen with the options to start in save mode or normally; I select to start Windows normally and Windows starts; should I start in safe mode?
tkrajewski wrote:Hi Marius,
Do I understand it correctly, that at some point in time, you have two DCs, with the same names, IPs, MAC addresses, SIDs, etc, running in the same network? Or do you try to isolate replica before starting up in some non-production network?
Gostev wrote:1. DC will always boot in non-authoritative mode, which is exactly what you want most of the time. You should not need to perform authoritative restore in most cases unless your Active Directory corrupts or something because, authoritative restore reverts AD to the earlier point in time and can cause too many additional issues by itself. It is really the last resort. But if you need to perform it from Veeam backup, there are existing discussion with verified procedure posted on this forum that you can refer to.
habibalby wrote:1.Restore the Virtual Machine to the datastore that accessible by ESX host where the VM will run.
2.Once restoration is successful, make sure before you Power On the VM to put it in a private PortGroup. This will avoid conflicting the machine name / IP address with the production VM.
3.First boot it goes into safe mode Non-Authoritative Restore it’s by default
4.Second boot it goes into Directory Restore Mode. This will ask you to provide the local username and password of the domain controller / during DS setup:
5.Third boot it goes again into Directory Restore Mode. If this is the case here's the trick. It goes into DRM because it doesn't uncheck the Safe Mode and Active Directory Repair in the Boot Option under the MSConfig System Configuration.
6.Run MSConfig and unchecked the Safe Mode boot and reboot the machine
7.At this step, the DC starts normally and it gives the below indications as the restoration successfully done.
marius roma wrote:Should I presume that my AD got corrupted during the replica process? I think I don't need to boot in non-authoritative mode, as I presume that my AD is not corrupted.
marius roma wrote:Can I just skip the AD recovery process and boot my replica normally?
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