image level backup of a domain joined machines

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by gira, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. gira

    gira Guest

    Hello,
    I was wondering what would be the best method in doing an image level backup
    of a domain joined machine.

    We have some machines that are used by the developers and we frequently need
    to restore the machines to the previous state. Some of them use VMWare and
    we take snapshot of the VM guest and revert back to the snapshot when needed
    and on physical machines, we ghost it and use ghost to restore the image back
    to the previous state.

    However, if the image level backup of the machine is old, say 30 days, we
    end up having to disjoin then rejoin to the domain before the user can login
    again.
    Is there a way around this or a better way of doing this?
     
    gira, Aug 2, 2009
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  2. gira

    Marcin Guest

    You can disable password changes on the designated computers by following
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154501
    Make sure to limit it to these computers only - and be aware of security
    implications...

    hth
    Marcin
     
    Marcin, Aug 2, 2009
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  3. Machines by default modify their domain password's every 30 days, just like
    you are experiencing/ You can configured them to modify it in a longer
    scenario or not at all.

    The Directory Services team has a nice blog on this:
    http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2009/02/13/machine-account-password-process.aspx

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    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Aug 4, 2009
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  4. Why not just Sysprep the image?

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    Ace Fekay [MCT], Aug 4, 2009
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