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Win2K Server Partition or Folder mirror

By El Sombre ·
I have 2 Servers running Win2K Server with Active Directory and would like to mirror them either in real time or with some acceptable delay (say 12 to 24 hours). Without going to Win2K Advanced Server and clustering, does MS offer options or tools to make it happen? If not, are there 3rd party options?

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by shmaltz In reply to Win2K Server Partition or ...

I was assigned the above task recently and the following is what I did:
First I'm running Active Directry on Windows 2000 Servers, all server are Windows 2K Servers(not advanced server).
1. I used Varites Storage Replicator for Windows NT/2000 version 2.1 to replicate data in real time. It is replicating it to an offsite computer that is connected via VPN to the office. The replicated (target) computer has a cable connection. For the first of the replication I had it onsite so it took only 3-4 hours to replicate istead of a few days. From than on it can in theory (although I never tried it) replicate over a 56K connection.
2. I set up the remote computer (target) as an Active Dirctory domain controller.
With the above steps I have madesure that in the event our server fails I have another server ready in 10 minutes.
The reason we put it offsite is because we already have a lot of reduandacy onsite. The above was only done in case we have a disaster like a fire.
According to Varites you can also replicate Exchange 5.5/2000 servers and SQL servers since it works on the file level. However I don't know how you can restore Exchange when you only have the files althoug I assume it is possible if you have a backup of AD. SQL is very easy to resotre even if you have only the files (you just attach it as a new database). In our case we havn't done it yet for SQL nor Exchange.

Other solutions you may want to consider:
. Clustering. You can get 3rd party clustering solutions that don't require Advanced Server (I believe Varites sells one).

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by El Sombre In reply to Win2K Server Partition or ...

I thought that I had already accepted this answer - did you get the points?

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by El Sombre In reply to Win2K Server Partition or ...

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