Want to build a Windows 2000 backup server

Posted on 2002-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
I want to build a Windows 2000 backup server, i.e. a server that mirrors an existing domain controller.  Can anybody give me some instructions, or point me in the right direction?  I have a copy of "Mastering Windows 2000 Server" but it's doing my head in.
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It depends on what you are trying to achieve.

There are a lot ox functions in Win2k. Which ones are you trying to backup ?

You may only need to install another DC !

I would go to the microsoft site.

"How It Works" Web page at
Deploy active directory

I hope this helps !


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I'm trying to build a duplicate server that can take over from the main machine should something unfortunate happen; perhaps my calling it a "backup server" is confusing.
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Do you want this to take over immediately, or will it be sufficient that you bring it "online" within a short period of time ?

What is running on the Server besides the OS ?
Lie I said, it may be sufficient to just build another DC.
Start reading the links above, there is plenty of info- Whitepapaers etc on what to do for each situation.
First you have to know every function/ service that is running on your server, then you have to see if a regular DC will take over automatically, or manually, al the functions you need.
Also study up on FMSO

I hope this helps !
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The main server is very big, it has a 280Gb data drive, mostly accessed by Macintoshes in a design studio.  It would be necessary in the event of a main server failure to bring this backup machine online straight away, so some kind of synchronisation would be necessary, but I don't know how to make this work.

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Btw you suggest building another DC; would that be on the same domain or a different one?
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It would be on the SAME domain of course !

You want it to contain all the User/account info etc for your Domain.

If you need data synchronization, first make sure that the original machine is using RAID, and has a host spare drive ready.

2) Is the RAID internal or external ? If external, you should be able to plug it into the 2nd machine and you are all done.

3) Suresync from a company called
Works good. has scheduling and synching of directories of your choice.
Very flexible. A demo should be available.
Folder synchronization

I hope this helps.

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