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  • Login Server Redundancy Help...

    Hello All,

    I know this is probably a really silly question, but here goes. I am trying to setup a second login server so that if the primary domain controller is down, the second one takes over until the first one is back up. At this point I have a primary and secondary defined in the domain, but if the primary is down, users cannot login to the domain. How can I correct this or are there any articles out there to point me in the right direction?

    Thanks in Advance,

    Jim Piller
    New Windows Domain Admin!


  • #2
    Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

    You should setup each DC as DNS + GC server.

    You should point each DC IP settings to point is own IP as DNS server.

    You should point the DHCP client to each DNS server - This mean adding
    each IP of the DC as DNS server to the DHCP scope (two DNS servers).

    Eavh static server/PC should setup with two DNS (DC's) server IP's.

    Regards,

    Yuval
    Best Regards,

    Yuval Sinay

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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    • #3
      Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

      Yuval14,

      Thanks for the reply. Let me see if I understand this. If I set the backup domain controller as a GC, it has DNS setup already and is pointing to itself through IP settings, and then I point the clients to both the Primary and Secondary DNS servers, if the Primary DNS server goes down, then the secondary should take over b/c the clients are pointing to both servers? Is this correct?

      Thanks,

      Jim P.

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      • #4
        Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

        Yes, the settings seems ok.
        Best Regards,

        Yuval Sinay

        LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuval14, Blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/yuval14

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        • #5
          Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

          How about the roaming profile path? if u have in your policy roaming profilepath =

          "\\DC01\Profiles" and the DC01 goes down DC02 cannot find your profiles. Even if u have ntfrs on. u must first change the policy 2 "\\DC02\Profiles" is there any other trick to not take nessesary action to change the profiles path.??


          Greetz.

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          • #6
            Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

            Originally posted by scyzo
            How about the roaming profile path? if u have in your policy roaming profilepath =

            "\\DC01\Profiles" and the DC01 goes down DC02 cannot find your profiles. Even if u have ntfrs on. u must first change the policy 2 "\\DC02\Profiles" is there any other trick to not take nessesary action to change the profiles path.??


            Greetz.
            Perhaps map the profilepath to a mapped network drive, so that way if something does go down, you can run a logon script to change where the network drive is mapped to, and then simply have the users log off/on, or force them to run the script in some other way.
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            • #7
              Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

              Originally posted by scyzo
              How about the roaming profile path? if u have in your policy roaming profilepath =

              "\\DC01\Profiles" and the DC01 goes down DC02 cannot find your profiles. Even if u have ntfrs on. u must first change the policy 2 "\\DC02\Profiles" is there any other trick to not take nessesary action to change the profiles path.??


              Greetz.

              Have you tried DFS??

              http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../dfsguide.mspx

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              • #8
                Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

                Originally posted by wullieb1
                He didn't mention if he's using 2K or 2K3. To cover all bases, does DFs exist in 2K3, or is there an equivalent for it?
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                • #9
                  Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

                  Hm im not known with DFs it im talking about dcs with 2k3

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                  • #10
                    Re: Login Server Redundancy Help...

                    Originally posted by Wired
                    He didn't mention if he's using 2K or 2K3. To cover all bases, does DFs exist in 2K3, or is there an equivalent for it?
                    Yes DFS does exist in 2k3.

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