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I have 2 servers

By XnavyDK ·
I have 2 servers one is a the primary domain server (I should not really call it a primary since its the only one) it is a dell poweredge 2900, and I have another server this is a dell PE T300 we plan to use to run as our web server (the web page will be sql driven). I would like to think this server will not be utilized to its fullest with the website alone so I was wondering if using it to supplement the domain server as maybe a backup DNS. or even a mirror/clustered server to take off some of the load on the primary? suggestions?

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thats the plan as it stands now

by XnavyDK In reply to A VM is just fine for a f ...

I have to graduate my server from mixed to win server 03 first. then I plan to graduate my vm to a domain server and let ad replicate then get my dns copied over to the target server before I do a failover. I am planning on getting my fsmo rolls and catalog over as well ( I can move them back yes?) . Im taking a crash course on scripting because getting the dns over is going to require some knowledge. I remember the scripting post yes LOL. its Karma I think.

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Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row.

by Dumphrey In reply to A VM is just fine for a f ...

As for moving DNS, just set up another primary zone on the second server, ADintegrated and let it populate from the original DNS server. Then, when you are rdy to take down the original server, just change DHCP to point to the new DNS server as well as changing any static assigned DNS entries. No scripting needed.

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testing didnt go well

by XnavyDK In reply to I would keep the accounti ...

we are using Doubletake software for the failover and was told (by dell) it was a fullproof one button push solution. Well, you know I'm a rookie and that's why we bought it. The stuff works to a point but fails on the user friendly one button push for domain controllers. It does not copy FSMO roles, or any service (critical) that is running. Global Catalog or DNS without jumping through serious High end IT stuff (meaning out of my knowledge.)

so. I am just going to swap the harddrives to the new machine and cross my fingers...

then try to learn scripting required to do a full failover.

I also have to use my VM as my backup DC, even though I dont want to. I still have no backup for my DC.

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testing didnt go well

by XnavyDK In reply to I have 2 servers

we are using Doubletake software for the failover and was told (by dell) it was a fullproof one button push solution. Well, you know I'm a rookie and that's why we bought it. The stuff works to a point but fails on the user friendly one button push for domain controllers. It does not copy FSMO roles, or any service (critical) that is running. Global Catalog or DNS without jumping through serious High end IT stuff (meaning out of my knowledge, scripting , sigh...)

so. I am just going to swap the harddrives to the new machine and cross my fingers...

then try to learn scripting required to do a full failover.

I also have to use my VM as my backup DC, even though I dont want to. I still have no backup for my DC.

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testing didnt go well

by XnavyDK In reply to I have 2 servers

we are using Doubletake software for the failover and was told (by dell) it was a fullproof one button push solution. Well, you know I'm a rookie and that's why we bought it. The stuff works to a point but fails on the user friendly one button push for domain controllers. It does not copy FSMO roles, or any service (critical) that is running. Global Catalog or DNS without jumping through serious High end IT stuff (meaning out of my knowledge, scripting , sigh...)

so. I am just going to swap the harddrives to the new machine and cross my fingers...

then try to learn scripting required to do a full failover.

I also have to use my VM as my backup DC, even though I dont want to. I still have no backup for my DC.

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