Tried to post yesterday but didn't see my post.
I want to install a backup server. have an identical server.
I need the simplest way possible with the least amount of errors (a tall order I know)
I had heard from several people and put this together:
Install the PC on a regular network connection assigning it's own IP (we have static IP addresses)
We make full daily backups including the system files and program files
Apparently, there is an option in Active Directory to copy the Active Directory over to the new server - do you know where to find this feature?
In case of a hardware failure (other than hard drive) where I can't boot my original server, I would swap out the hard drive or put in a backup drive and boot normally, changing the IP address to the one on the original server
No manual restore of files necessary on the backup server, correct?
Do I apply patches to both server and backup when they come in?
Do I need to regularly manually update the backup server's Active Directory, if so, how often? or will the Active Directory be on our original server's backup hard drive?