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New Windows 2000 Server

Hi Experts I jsut purchased a brand new Windows 2000 Server and I have a question about how to set that server up.

In my Network I already have a domain controller NT server ..with DNS DHCP........

Could I make the new server also a Domain Controller with a DIFFERENT domain name???? with out DNS DHCP?? will the client machines be able to login to both domain controllers  even thought they have different domain names and have access to resouces on both domains??........whats the best way to set this up?? my goal is to have 2 differnt domain names ...one in each server but have client machines be able to access resourves on both......thanks for your help experts........
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James Hilloya
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JammyPakCommented:
this is possible, but I have to ask....why? (but hey, that's not my problem!)

You can install the server as the first domain controller in a new domain - it won't need DHCP if there's already one on the LAN. you can probably use the DNS server from the other server as well - during the dcpromo you'll have to reference the address of the other server.

The client access thing will be fine...the PCs can only be a member of one domain or the other, so one domain will be the login domain. Then to give access to resources in the other domain you could create a two-way trust between the domains and grant resource permissions tp groups/users from either domain.
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
ok here is the problem.........i want to use this server as a file server for a few engineers....i know for that i dont need AD and i could just  create folder shares and give the engineers access to it....i owuld do this but i already have a server setup this way and the problem that im having due to this is that every certain maount of time they get some message like "the limit of users allowed is full" or something like that....i know this is not a liceising issue cuz this happens also on windows 2k pro machines...so i figured if i set the server as a domain controller and have a login script giving the enginerrs access to those shares then we wont have the "maximum users allowd" error message....
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JammyPakCommented:
a server doesn't need to be a DC to have unlimited share access, it just has to be a server.

all servers (dc or not) have unlimited access to shares....
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
you mean all servers do not have to be a DC to be able to give other computers unlimited access to the servers shares??,,,,,,,,

what about workstations? whats the limit on how many computers can access its shares?
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JammyPakCommented:
NT/2K Servers have no limit for how many users can connect to a share.
2K Pro/NT Wkstn only allow 10 concurrent connections to their shares
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
i see.........i do have a windows 2k SERVER and sometimes users get that "the limited amount of concurrent connections is full" or something like that,........i wonder why im getting this....maybe its because that server has Citrix Metaframe XP....but the users trying to access those shares DO not use Citrix to connect to the server becuase the are local users ..maybe since that server has Citrxix that makes it act like if it was a 2x pro/NT machine??? even  thought those users do no use citrix to connect to it
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JammyPakCommented:
I'm not too sure...I haven't worked with Citrix. I know some applications have licensing restrictions, but if it's just users connecting to shares on a Win2K Server, then there's no limit.
Maybe try to give the exact error message, and also any Event Log messages that look related to the problem.
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
JammyPak thanks for  all of your help...i have one last (finally) problem......on that server I ahve a share under the D drive called "vol2" unuders its properties the everyone groupp has full access to it......(thats the only group there) ....if one of my users creates a file under one of its subfolders then another user cannot access the file unless the user that created it originally gives him access to it......is there a way to set this up so if a user creates a file under one of the subfolders of that share so that all of the users have automatic full access too with out the need for the creator of the file having to give him access to it.....??
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
even if im logged in to the server itself as administrator when i try to access af ile created by anotehr user i get the message You do not have permission to view or edit the current permission settings for My Pictures, but can take ownership or change auditing settings. ...!!!

 how can i make it so that any user creating trying to access  a file created by someone else will be able to access that file witn no problems??
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JammyPakCommented:
so is the 'limited connections' error gone now?

re Permissions: is the user creating the file in the folder, copying the file into the folder, or moving the file into the folder?

If they copy the file into the folder, the file should take on all the same permissions as the folder has. Same thing if they create the file in the folder...you may want to check if the 'allow inheritable permissions to propagate' checkbox is clicked and see if that helps.
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James HilloyaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help JammyPak here are the points....is it better to have just one server with all the shares? or have multiple files servers with a few shares each?? my main concerns is for my users to have the fastest access possible to shares (  spped) ...
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JammyPakCommented:
"is it better to have just one server with all the shares?"

this is kinda one of those 'it depends' questions....but generally I would prefer that if possible. Once the company is split into muliple locations this will be less ideal, but if everyone's in one office I would prefer to build a server that can handle all the file-sharing....
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