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Terminal Services on Domain Controller

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I have a windows 2000 domain controller that is also running an Mdaemon Email server with Groupware and Norton AV.  I need too run Quickbooks Enterprise under terminal services.  The server is handling 12 users right now.  I am contemplating installing TS in App mode on this DC.

I understand the security implications of running all this stuff together and don't really want too hear anyone reccommend I not attempt this because it is bad form.  I know it is.  

I want too know if anyone has installed TS in app mode on their domain controller running similar services and I want too know if they ran into any difficulty.  Did any programs on the machine start behaving badly?

If I attempt this and it fails miserably, what is the best backup strategy too attempt recovery of my DC?  Will recovering from a ERD if the registry is previously dumped save me.  What about the system state?
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I only want to run one app.  Quickbooks Enterprise Edition.  If I was only serving this app, would you consider it?  My server is plenty fast, 6 10K disks raid 5, 1.4Ghz and I could add second processor, and 1GB ram.  Would you consider it then or am I just kidding myself?

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Server never currently sees proc usage over 30%
The problem is not so much the app but the consequences of allowing users to access your DC.

As I understand it, Quickbooks is a financial app.  There really shouldn't be a whole lot of horsepower requirement.  However, (I think someone will shoot me for saying this stereotype), in my experience, the finance department isn't the sharpest in computer safety practices.  I also understand that you have Norton AV installed, but that's not going to stop user mishaps nor is it 100% effective.

It is easier to install a Win2K box (or even a XP-Pro and turn on Remote Desktop) that is sub-par on performance then to actually allow users to log onto the DC....  

Let's also put it this way, it is a lot easier to rebuild a machine that does nothing but RDC and Quickbooks, then reinstall EVERYTHING on that DC you just mentioned.  I'd even make a image of the hard disk once installation completed, so it'd take me a few minutes to restore it if and when users screw up.

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Nzarth - How long has it been running?  How many users is it servicing?  Is the machine running Email?

I have read that Ghost isn't "supposed" to work on Windows Server OS?  Is this correct?

Have either of you used Ghost on a raid 5 array successfully?
Depending on the ghost version (Enterprise vs. standarad), and what kind of luck you're having.  I've ghosted servers before with the Corporate edition and it worked.  I know people that's done ghosting of RAID5 before, although that never worked for me.

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No I have just one disk, hence ghosting :)

I have 16 users working on it, plus email.  The server specs are Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz plus 1.5GB RAM.

Users have not complained about performance and it shows via Performance Monitor :)

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Nzarth - What app are you serving through Terminal Services?

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Nzarth - How long has it been running like that?  Did you install TS app mode after you email was running?  Have you installed any applications you didn't want too serve through terminal services since installing in app mode?  Out of curiosity what email are you running?

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Exchange was installed before TS (Exchange 2000).  The apps installed are Office 2000 mainly and Acrobat, and a few other small programs plus its running AV.

I would say its running more than what you have said you are running, so if the Server specs are similar then go for it.

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