Solved

How many computers per domain Windows 2000?

Posted on 2004-09-13
1
166 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
How many computers can you have in one domain?  Is there a limit or rule of thumb?

Secondary question:

If I query the pdc for computer accounts and there is another domain that is trusted by the queried pdc will the computer accounts for both domains show up or just the specific pdc that I queried?

Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:bluedragon99
1 Comment
 
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 12046020
There is no PDC in Active Directory.  If you query a DC you'll get the info for that domain only.

As for the "limit"

Check out the following article from Windows IT Pro magazine:
http://www.winnetmag.com/Windows/Article/ArticleID/42605/42605.html

Here's an excerpt:
The AD limits exist primarily to optimize AD's performance—they relate only marginally to the number of objects you can have. For example, the maximum number of user accounts possible in a Windows NT domain was 40,000. The number of user accounts possible in an AD domain is huge. I don't know the absolute maximum, but Korea.com (an Internet portal providing a range of Web services to Korean citizens) has an 8-million-user-account AD implementation.

Each user, computer, printer, contact, etc is an object in Active directory.  You can be fairly certain that if korea.com has 8 million user objects, that you can get at least a million or more user/computers/printers combination out of it.

You may need several domain controllers for authentication, but that is really relative to the power of the DCs - single CPU 500 MHz?  Quad CPU 2GHz? 256 MB RAM?  16 GB RAM?  The only way to know for sure is to establish a baseline and adjust your network accordingly

0

Featured Post

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
no desktop when login to windows server 2000 7 325
Syteline and a new domain controller 4 713
Windows 8 in a W2K Domain 7 582
Making a spare domain pc 12 324
NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
An article on effective troubleshooting
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Established in 1997, Technology Architects has become one of the most reputable technology solutions companies in the country. TA have been providing businesses with cost effective state-of-the-art solutions and unparalleled service that is designed…

813 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now