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PDC,BDC,Stand alone

By jason ·
Can anyone tell me the advantages and disadvantages to a PDC or BDC or Stand alone Server.

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by Corky132 In reply to PDC,BDC,Stand alone

You have to have one PDC on your network, and you can have many BDC's.. (or none at all) The BDC takes the load off the PDC and can authenticate users. Both BDC's and PDC's have an extra services running in the background, and usually arent used formerely fileservers..(although they can be) A stand alone server is great for merely fileservering or app serving.. I'd run my most important apps from a standalone... proxy, wins/dhcp/ etc..

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by jason In reply to PDC,BDC,Stand alone
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by aekland In reply to PDC,BDC,Stand alone

It really depends on what you are doing. If you want domain authentication, you must have a PDC. If the domain is critical, you should have at least one BDC, more if the network is large. All other servers in the domain would be member servers. Stand alone server are what you have if you don't have a domain. Anything running on a PDC or BDC will be competing with the main duties of a DC, such as authentication, replication, and browser upadates. A stand alone server can be optimized to perform its task.

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by jason In reply to PDC,BDC,Stand alone
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by avachon In reply to PDC,BDC,Stand alone

Hi, it's true there is only one pdc per network and it serves to authenticate users and is the domain master browser. The bdc is your backup (good idea but you don't have to have it). If the pdc goes down or you have to take it offline, you can promote the bdc to a pdc. A bdc also authenticates users (balance the load during logons)and you'd want replication in place for this. A stand alone server (member when connected to network)can be dedicated to specific tasks (e.g. proxy, SQL, exchange server, etc.). Can have as many member servers as you need which depends on size and needs of network). For example, many you may dedicate a member server to SQL only and implement disk mirroring and RAID 5 for mission critical data (beyond use of backups). May have a stand alone server as a "test" server for new apps, operating systems, etc. Member server can be dedicated to tasks since it does not authenticate users, whereas a pdc and bdc do though some people also use these for distributing apps. or data sharing (a

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