Second domain controller on Win 2003 SB server network
Posted on 2005-05-05
I have a small network of 20 seats that has a win 2003 SB server. We also have a second win 2000 server that is running one mssql application and our file sharing. I have been reading here about how to add the win 2000 server as a second domain controller.
My question is not how to do it but is it worth it to do it? I am trying to figure out how much of a benefit it will be to my network but I am not that knowledgable in this area.
My thinking is that if the sb server fails I will lose exchange, but I am still using the internet based mail server as the primary mail system. So a user at their desk will still be able to use their machine but I guess they would not be able to log into a different machine.
What I would really like to know is if there is something I can do to add more redundancy to the network with the two servers? I know I cannot make the sql application redundant, not because I know it can't be done but just because the vendor has told me I cannot use win 2003 with the application. But perhaps I could make the file sharing redundant?
I have another network where there are two servers and the domain controller seems to be redundant but I am not sure that I see the great benefit to it.
Perhaps someone smarter in this area can let me know the best way to use two servers in a small network.
Thanks in advance for your help.