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  • Addition of Domain Controller Using DCPROMO

    I plan to add an additional domain controller to ensure better stability of our AD environment. Currently we only have a single domain controller at this location.

    Is there a specific command/switch to make it a full blown domain controller to act as a complete backup in the event that our primary controller dies?

    I have been reading some stuff online, but it all seems to contradict one another. There is a command “/adv” which we think will do it, but we are not certain.

    I know that 2003 is different that 2000 in the way that it shares it roles, but how can be make a complete clone of the AD functionality to create a redundant system.
    Last edited by biggles77; 11th January 2011, 21:35. Reason: Remove excessive blank lines

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    Re: Addition of Domain Controller Using DCPROMO

    Just run DCPROMO on the intended server and follow the prompts. If you're running AD integrated DNS then make sure to add the DNS server role to the new server as well.

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      Re: Addition of Domain Controller Using DCPROMO

      2003 is pretty much the same as 2000 -- you are thinking of NT4 with PDC and BDCs In AD, all domain controllers are equal (but some are more equal than others)

      Agree with Joe, but suggest you also add DHCP role (split scope) and WINS if you use it.
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        Re: Addition of Domain Controller Using DCPROMO

        Don't forget to to tick the Global Catalog (GC ) option as this is not done automatically when you run DCPROMO.
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          Re: Addition of Domain Controller Using DCPROMO

          Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
          Don't forget to to tick the Global Catalog (GC ) option as this is not done automatically when you run DCPROMO.
          Good point.

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