Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

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    starrouter
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    A few years back, I upgraded our domain from 2k to 2003R2. I had planned to upgrade the 2003R2 DC to 2008R2 but I just realized it’s too old, it’s a Poweredge with a Pentium III circa 2002. I have a newer 2008R2 Poweredge application server with dual 6core processors and 32gb that doesn’t have much load on it and could easily double as a DC, but I want a second DC and would still like to replace the old P3 server with something that will run 2008R2 so I don’t have to run in mixed mode. Money being tight as it is, I was wondering how a decent PC would work. I have an Optiplex 960 with a 3.1G core2 duo and 8GB ram with dual gigabit ethernet. If I used it, it’s sole purpose in life would be as a DC and nothing else. I wouldn’t have raid but should be able to image the drive regularly for backup. IF this would work well, which one should have the FSMO roles ?

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    Ossian
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    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    It will work without any problems, but the hardware will be less reliable than a “proper” server. As long as you keep an eye on it and (IMHO) provide some form of RAID (probably 1) you will have no problems

    I have a perfectly good windows domain running on laptops that I use for training/demonstrations.

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    Anonymous
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    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    Thanks ossian.

    One other thought – can Server 2008R2 / 2012 installs be moved from one machine to another ? I know that’s not allowed with Windows 8 but I’d like to think I can move my Server software to better hardware later on.

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    Ossian
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    #188075

    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    Not really
    Your best bet would be to add a new server, DCPROMO it and then unPROMO the old one

    Alternatively put on the free HyperV edition of Server 2008R2 and create a virtual machine which can be moved

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    pjhutch
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    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    Yes, it certainly could work as a DC. You are not forced to use a rack mountable server as a DC. I have used less worth machines as a NT4 DC…

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    Anonymous
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    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    Thanks fellas. My last question about moving the server software must have not been clearly stated. I was wondering about Windows Server 2008 and 2012 Licensing – Is it tied to the original hardware you install it on, like in the case of windows 7 and 8 – that is once windows 7 / 8 is installed on a computer, you can not install and active the software on another machine. I was wondering if Server 2008 or 2012 has such licensing restrictions, or if I can uninstall it and install on better hardware when I’m able to get it.

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    Ossian
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    #188089

    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    A lot depends on the license you buy.
    OEM ones are supplied with hardware and therefore tied to it (check which hardware it is — at least one company I knew of would sell you a mouse with an OEM Windows license, so migration was potentially possible as long as the mouse remained present!). If you buy a retail license, you can reinstall it as you wish.

    Microsoft activation will fail if you change too much hardware but a quick phonecall usually sorts that out

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    Anonymous
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    Re: Using a PC as 2008R2 DC

    Thanks again Ossian.

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