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Cloning Requirements

Cloning Requires the Same Base Operating System

See also Basic Requirements.

When cloning Active Directory between two computers the source computer must run the same base operating system as the destination computer. If (for example) the source computer is running an edition of Windows Server 2022 then the destination computer must also run an edition of Windows Server 2022.

You can move Active Directory to a different edition of Windows Server if the base operating system is the same. For example you can move AD from Windows Server 2019 Essentials to Windows Server 2019 Standard Edition. Or from Windows Server 2019 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Edition. See the Supported OS Clone Combinations.