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2008 DC [message #363320] Sat, 09 January 2010 00:22 Go to next message
Ibrahim  is currently offline Ibrahim
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We are planning on building a new 2008 AD environment and want to take a decision to use either Server Core DC or Full DC. Can you provide some information, which will help take this decision.

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Re: 2008 DC [message #363334 is a reply to message #363320] Sat, 09 January 2010 01:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
florian  is currently offline florian  Germany
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Howdie!

Ibrahim schrieb:
> We are planning on building a new 2008 AD environment and want to take a
> decision to use either Server Core DC or Full DC. Can you provide some
> information, which will help take this decision.

That depends on your time and skills that you have. From a technical
perspective, Server Core is more resource efficient as it doesn't run
and load as much Windows components as a full machine does. That results
in less boot time and less resources used upon normal operation. Not to
mention less attack surface and less patching - which is a good thing.

On the other hand, I've seen customers and people step back from Server
Core, as it is command-line only. If you're not used to manage a server
from the command line (this is the case when issues arise), you should
re-think the whole core thing or train yourself in managing Server Core
from the cmd. When things to awry, you probably don't want to look up
commands and scripts to lose time.

You surely can manage AD from remote. You can use all the MMC snapins
and consoles around, no problem. If the machine is malfunctioning, you
just need to be aware of the fact that you probably need to log on there
and manage it from the cmd.

Cheers,
Florian
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Re: 2008 DC [message #363410 is a reply to message #363320] Sat, 09 January 2010 06:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
meiweb  is currently offline meiweb  Germany
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Hello Ibrahim,

As Florian said, there is less performance required and the GUI is complete
missing. All has to be done with the command line or from another server
with the GUI versions for management. Also the OS itself uses less space
because of the missing graphical part.

Also you are limited in the server roles for 2008:
- Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
- Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)
- DHCP Server
- DNS Server
- File Services
- Hyper-V
- Print Services
- Streaming Media Services
- Web Server (IIS)

2008 R2:
- Active Directory Certificate Services
- Active Directory Domain Services
- Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)
- DHCP Server
- DNS Server
- File Services (including File Server Resource Manager)
- Hyper-V
- Print and Document Services
- Streaming Media Services
- Web Server (including a subset of ASP.NET)

See also:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753802(WS.10).aspx

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> We are planning on building a new 2008 AD environment and want to take
> a decision to use either Server Core DC or Full DC. Can you provide
> some information, which will help take this decision.
>
Re: 2008 DC [message #365427 is a reply to message #363320] Mon, 11 January 2010 15:06 Go to previous message
Jorge Silva  is currently offline Jorge Silva
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Hi
Full install
http://eniackb.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-create-first-doma in-controller..html
http://eniackb.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-create-first-doma in-controller_23.html
Core Install
http://eniackb.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-create-second-dom ain-controller.html
http://eniackb.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-add-second-domain -controller-in.html



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I hope that the information above helps you.
Have a Nice day.

Jorge Silva
MVP Directory Services

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