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Is Active Directory required

By Marilock ·
I have a site with 30 users currently running NT4. I am looking at upgrading to Win2K. My questions are,
Is Active Directory required or can I still run a PDC and BDC.
If I do go with Active Directory am I able to run all components on a single server. There are only 2 servers, 1 running Terminal Services.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

If you're just upgrading the clients, you don't need to go so far as active directory.

If you DO go to AD, with a small environment you can probably keep multiple purpose servers. But that implies your servers are more than beefy enough at the moment.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

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by Marilock In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

Thanks for your reply.

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by timwalsh In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

You will only need to implement Active Directory (AD) if you plan on upgrading your PDC/BDCs to Win2K.

Here are some unbreakable rules that apply to A
1. A Win2K AD Domain Controller (DC) CANNOT exist in an NT4 domain (but Win2K member servers can).
2. An NT4 PDC CANNOT exist in a Win2K AD domain (but an NT4 BDC can).
3. To migrate a domain from NT4 to AD, you MUST install Win2K (and AD) on the NT4 PDC.
4. The act of installing AD on ANY Win2K server automatically creates a DC. NOTE: In AD, there is no PDC/BDC relationship as there is in NT4. All DCs are essentially co-equal (with the exception being any remaining NT4 BDCs).

As Answer 1 suggests, the ability to run all services on a single server is more a hardware issuethan a software one.

NOTE: Win2K server comes with Terminal Services (TS) built-in. If you continue to run NT Terminal Server, all Win2K clients will need TS CALs. If you switch to Win2K Terminal Services, all Win2K Pro and WinXP Pro clients have TS CALs built in. AD is not required to run Terminal Services (TS can be installed on a Win2K member server).

Hope this helps.

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by Marilock In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

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by CG IT In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

you can go the router of Microsoft's Small Business Server if you have 50 or less computers. Unlike W2K server or advanced server SBS is connection based. You can have as many AD accounts as your want, but only 50 connections [workstations, BDC's] and best of all, it fits on one box. you get SQL server, Exchange Server, ISA server and the standard Windows 2000 server with AD.

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by Marilock In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

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by curlergirl In reply to Is Active Directory requi ...

I agree with the previous answer that SBS 2000 is probably a good solution for you. The question of whether you can run a full terminal service installation on the same box depends, as everyone else has said, on the hardware more than the software. It's built into Win2K, so the software is there for you to use on any Win2K box. But you need to be sure the box is configured with enough memory and processor speed to handle however many concurrent TS users you will have. In addition to any other applications that are running on it, including Win2K itself and AD. Don't be afraid of AD - SBS installs it by default. It sounds really complicated, but if you have a good foundation in NT 4.0 admin, with a small installation like the one you have you probably won't run into many complications. And once you get the hang of it, it's pretty cool. . .Hope this helps!

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