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2nd (backup) domain controller?

By camy2079 ·
I currently have 1 one server which serves as the DC, file server and exchange server. I have a second server (old server fromk previous ooffice location) which I just assume utilize. I would like to make it a backup DC, or actually a second DC since I understand BDC don't exist in a w2k enviroment.

My questions?

1. How would this help in the event the primary server went down?

2. Would I need DNS installed on the 2nd DC?

3. How would I config this server to be the 2nd DC?


4. I'd also like to create redundancy for my exchage server and data, any thoughts?

Any suggestions wuold be great... thanks.

Chaz

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by shmaltz In reply to 2nd (backup) domain contr ...

Questions 1, 2, and 3:
1. You would have one server that is available to act as your DC right away.
2. You don't need to (unless your DNS is not AD intergrated) but it is a good idea.
3. Just run DCPROMO

Question 4:
Rdundancy can be done using RAID harddrives. But this will not help if the Server goes, it only helps for the Harddrives. You can use Clustering (very expensive), or you can rely on backups.

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by cul8rm8e In reply to 2nd (backup) domain contr ...

Advanced server on both machines and use cluster services!

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by jim.kam In reply to 2nd (backup) domain contr ...

Answer to
Q1. Win2K used multi-master replication compare to WinNT (single-master replication). There is no need for the promotion and the demotion of the domain controller. All DCs in a domain are peer to each others, updates are replication to each DC. In the event of a DC failed, the other DC will handle the user logon, authentication or access to the resources of the domain.

Q2. This is optional. You can point to the DNS server on the first DC or to install a second DNS on the 2nd DC (AD integrated zone is recommended because there is no further configuration but to install it, and it provide additional security features because DNS update is carry into AD replication).

Q3. Run dcpromo and when prompt, select ‘add a domain controller to an existing domain’.

Q4. Redundancy of the Exchange data can be achieved through implement RAID but it won’t help for the exchange server. You might want to try clustering but consider these points before you implement it.
-You need at least Win2K Advance Server for two servers in a cluster and 4 servers per cluster in Win2K Datacenter.
-SCSI shared HDD array is a must.
-redundant of server hardwares, Win2k server and Exchange server software licenses.

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