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    I am new to windows 2000 server and Active directory, I want to know the problems that may occur when adding an additional server to a existing 2k network? The network has an already established ADir. Does the server act as a backup, incase the main (domain controller) server fails? If I were to remove the new server, will that cause problems?

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    You can add a server in two modes:

    as a member server, which holds no AD information and can be removed without problems.

    as a domain controller, which is a peer to the main AD Domain Controller and holds all the information in case one fails. This can be removed by demoting it to a member server and then removing it from the network.

    NB -- there are also "roles" e.g. Global Catalog server which are held by only one of the domain controllers but can be taken over by others in an emergency.

    To add a second domain controller, install the server as usual, join it to the network and then run "DCPROMO" which will talk you through adding it.

    Hope this helps
    Tom
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    • #3
      Thanks for the info. It was very helpful

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      • #4
        Tom,

        GC is not a FSMO. You can have more then one GC in a domain.

        You can find a brief explanation on FSMOs here:
        http://ldap-project.berkeley.edu/cal...n/v05/fsmo.htm
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        • #5
          Yes -- you are right (and I knew more than one GC per domain)

          I meant to say that the role is not automatically assigned to a DC but must be given / taken manually

          Tom
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