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U-Move for Active Directory

UMove is the only software utility that can move, recover, clone, or migrate the Microsoft® Active Directory® database for backup, recovery, testing, or upgrade. It can back up and recover AD like no other utility.

  • Back up and restore Active Directory quickly and easily.
  • Schedule fast daily or weekly automatic backups of Active Directory.
  • Clone Active Directory to another computer or VM for disaster recovery or offline testing.
  • Upgrade Active Directory to a replacement computer (or VM) running a newer version of Windows Server (swing migration).

U-Move Features

U-Move can do all of the following:

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A True Recovery Utility

U-Move is a true recovery utility. It can rescue AD from any source or backup, even from a dead computer.

U-Move should not be confused with more expensive “undo” utilities that create a parallel database to track and roll back changes. U-Move simply clones the entire AD database by taking a perfect snapshot. It copies only the files used by AD, keeping the size small, creating a single .BKF file for easy recovery on another computer.

Make Reliable Backups

U-Move can make reliable automatic daily backups of Active Directory. The backup includes all information required to restore AD. The backup includes important extra information outside the System State that is essential to move AD to a different computer. Only U-Move is designed to move all of the AD to any replacement computer regardless of its hardware or VM configuration.

Clone AD for Testing

Microsoft recommends that you validate the compatibility of all security-related configuration changes in a test forest before you introduce them in a production environment (KB823659).

U-Move allows you to clone AD so that you can test your changes to Active Directory. You can copy a snapshot of AD to an isolated virtual machine (VM) or to an offline computer.

Swing Migration Made Simple

Migrating Active Directory can be a complicated task. U-Move will guide you through a simple step-by-step procedure to replace the old domain controller (DC) with a new domain controller, all while checking your actions each step of the way.

U-Move will carefully guide you through the entire upgrade process. It will perform hundreds of tests to look for many common (and some not-so-common) errors. U-Move will offer to do the most difficult steps automatically for you: moving the FSMO roles and moving DNS. Or you can do it all yourself and have U-Move check your work.

Before You Begin

Before you attempt to migrate AD from your production server we recommend that you first practice the migration procedure offline. Use U-Move to clone AD to a test VM in your test lab. Inside your test lab run U-Move to migrate AD to a second VM that is running the new version of Windows Server.

This will allow you to become familiar with the upgrade process. It will let you catch any potential problems or issues early, and it will help you minimize the actual downtime on your production network.

Quick and Easy Migration

U-Move makes what is usually a very complicated task easy and straightforward. And with perfect backup snapshots and offline cloning for testing, it gives you the safest and most reliable way to upgrade your DC.

What's New

Announcing U-Move Version 2

U-Tools Software LLC is pleased to announce the release of U-Move Version 2 for Windows Server. U-Move 2 adds support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. New Feature: Active...

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Feedback: A Kick Ass Product

I just wanted to write you guys and say THANK YOU for such a kick ass product! It saved my client’s ass for sure. They had awful, corrupted backups but I was able to recover their data from...

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Feedback: You Saved Me

The Short: I want to marry you and have your babies. The Long: First off, this is a bit long and detailed, but there is a point to this in the end. Please be patient. :) I work for a small software...

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Feedback: Days not Weeks

Words cannot express the thanks and deep gratitude I have for you and the software you have created.   Without it we could not have completed the AD HW refresh they had on the books for years.  ...

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Feedback: Technical Support

The technical support you provided for me as a brand new user of your software was the best I have ever personally received and as good as anybody could possibly expect – thank you very much!...

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Uses and Benefits

  • Quick and easy backups of AD on a daily or weekly schedule
  • Fast AD disaster recovery
  • Test AD schema changes before deployment
  • Run only one domain controller (instead of two) with fast recovery capability
  • Practice a swing migration offline
  • Enable easy physical-to-virtual DC migration
  • Train for MCSE certification
  • Minimize downtime during an AD migration upgrade
  • Easily restore a domain if an unsuccessful AD migration upgrade must be rolled back

U-Move has been used as hundreds of businesses and colleges, including many Fortune 500 companies. See our list of satisfied users.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows Server 2012 R2Yes
Windows Server 2012Yes
Windows Server 2008 R2Yes
Windows Server 2008Yes
Windows Server 2003Yes
Server CoreYes
Datacenter EditionYes
Windows Server EssentialsYes
Small Business ServerYes

For details see Requirements and Compatibility.


How to Buy

U-Move offers generous license terms for unlimited use. Your domain can have 100 users, 1000 users, or 10,000 users – the cost is the same. Get pricing.

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