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    hi All,
    I have a windows 2003 server (std Edition).It acts as the domain controller.DNS and file sharing service is also installed in the same machine. I want to create a copy of the domain, this is for zero down time. How can implement this.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    thanks,

  • #2
    Re: exact copy of a dc

    install windows 2003 on a second machine and run dcpromo.
    Keep both server live and your done?
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    • #3
      Re: exact copy of a dc

      You will also need to install a Secondary DNS server on the second domain controller:

      Install secondary DNS
      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc757524.aspx


      Allow Zone Transfers
      http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc776973.aspx

      Example
      http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...-Tolerant.html
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      • #4
        Re: exact copy of a dc

        Hi All,

        thanks for the quick reply. Anybody can explain even more detail because i am a newbie in this. I have installed a 2003 server.How can I make it live.?? In DCPROMO can I add this server to the existing domain(an addtional domain controller) or a new domain?

        thanks.....

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        • #5
          Re: exact copy of a dc

          Run DCpromo to create an additional domain controller.
          Make sure you already configured static ip addresses.
          Marcel
          Technical Consultant
          Netherlands
          http://www.phetios.com
          http://blog.nessus.nl

          MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
          "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

          "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
          "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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          • #6
            Re: exact copy of a dc

            Also, if the DNS is AD integrated on the 1st DC, all you need to do on the 2nd DC is install DNS and replication will populate this from the 1st DC.

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            • #7
              Re: exact copy of a dc

              You may as well make the 2nd DC a GC as well for further redundancy. Also, to really give you ultimate protection, you could use Synctoy to automatically replicate shared data to the 2nd Server (if you have the space) overnight to minimise downtime should problems develop.

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              • #8
                Re: exact copy of a dc

                Hi pratheesh i hope this helps...
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                • #9
                  Re: exact copy of a dc

                  Originally posted by Virtual View Post
                  Also, to really give you ultimate protection, you could use Synctoy to automatically replicate shared data to the 2nd Server (if you have the space) overnight to minimise downtime should problems develop.
                  I wouldn't use synctoy. Use replication in DFS, or better if using R2 use DFSR. Files will replicate upon change then and not at set intervals. You can also load balance your users across two servers. You could also, if needed, take one server off-line to perform maintenance. Once done bring it back on-line and users will be completely unaware of any downtime
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