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Best use of Spare Server [message #164284] Fri, 19 June 2009 06:16 Go to next message
Lee Vest  is currently offline Lee Vest
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Registered: June 2009
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Hello after some streamlining i have a client with a spare server 2003 in
thier rack doing nothing, is it possible to have the spare server to act as a
complete image of the domian controller and act as a disater recovery
solution if the main DC fails, is this possible within server 2003 and if not
what would you advise a good use of this server?
Re: Best use of Spare Server [message #164285 is a reply to message #164284] Fri, 19 June 2009 06:27 Go to previous message
meiweb(nospam)  is currently offline meiweb(nospam)  Germany
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Registered: July 2009
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Hello Lee,

If you have a spare server and the domain only has one Domain controller,
then use the free machine as additional DC in the same domain with DNS installed
and being a Global catalog server. That way youhave 2 domain controllers
that have the Active directory database. Also with using both as DNS server(use
AD integrated zones) and configuring all domain machines with that one as
secondary DNS you have redundancy in case one DC fails or needs to be rebootet.

Do NOT image the existing one, this is a not supported solution for restore
and result in USN rollbacks.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875495


Additional make sure that all servers have at least SP2 installed and also
the latest patches.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Hello after some streamlining i have a client with a spare server 2003
> in thier rack doing nothing, is it possible to have the spare server
> to act as a complete image of the domian controller and act as a
> disater recovery solution if the main DC fails, is this possible
> within server 2003 and if not what would you advise a good use of this
> server?
>
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