Windows 2003 BDC

I have a w2k3 AD domain set up and working very well. I have another computer that I installed w2k3 on and have not yet assigned it a role. Can I set this machine up as a BDC for my AD domain? Or is the concept of having a BDC no longer considered? If I can use this machine as a BDC, what is the procedure to set this up corectly? Can someone point me in the right direction. I am somewhat new to w2k3 and AD.

Thanks in advance.
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itstherideSystems AdministrationAsked:
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MicrotechConnect With a Mentor Commented:
yes that is correct
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Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/VirtualizationCommented:
Hi itstheride,


Yes you can. Run dcpromo on the new DC and select join an existing domain.

JJ
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MicrotechCommented:
Hi itstheride,

You promote this machine also to a domain contoller, the FSMO roles will stay with the first server that was created as a domain controller (these are like the PDC roles) then this machine becomes a "BDC"

Hope This helps
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Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/VirtualizationCommented:
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MicrotechCommented:
Start > run > dcpromo (as jjdurrant has said) then follow the prompts.

step by step this link is great http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_install_active_directory_on_windows_2003.htm
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crissandCommented:
There are no PDC and BDC in active directory. Every domain controller you add will be DC, equal with other domain controllers.

To promote it do what others wrote (dcpromo).
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itstherideSystems AdministrationAuthor Commented:
So, I create it as and "Additional DC for an existing domain." This is the option I was thinking I should use. Is this correct?
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itstherideSystems AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all! I thought I was on the right track but I felt I should ask the "Experts"!
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