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Should I Promote my Server 2003 to Domain Controller?

Using answers to my last question, I have discovered I have one MS Server 2000 which is a domain controller and one MS Server 2003 which is not a domain controller.

Should I promote the Server 2003 to domain controller? What are the benefits?

Will promoting the Server 2003 give me access to group policies. I don't seem to have access to that capability now. Gosh, I hate being such a novice at this.

Thanks in advance.
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BobGipson
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi BobGipson,

you should promote if only for redundancy..... an additional DC will give you a much better fallover plan......

you wull need to run the adprep /forestprep and adprep /domainprep tools from the windows 2003 cd to prepare your forest

i would deffinitely do this

however, you can gain access to active directory and group policy by installing the 2003 adminpak
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
The primary advantage would be you have a second domain controller, complete with active directory, giving you redundancy if the first domain controller were to fail.

As for group policy, simply joining the server to the existing to domain should allow it to receive and apply policies created on your existing domain controller. Making it a domain controller would allow you to create the policies on that DC as well, and they would be in turn replicated with the other domain controller and applied to the appropriate computers and servers within the domain.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry James (Jay_Jay70), for the duplication, you young feller's type much faster -didn't refresh.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
:) no problem Rob, I'm playing on your turf anywayz
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BobGipsonAuthor Commented:
If I do promote the Server 2003 will all users logging onto the Server 2000 be logged onto the Server 2003 as well?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
BobGipson,

not as such, the accounts and policies replicate to each and from each other, however a user only physically logs in to one machine at a time,

this is all taken care of by Windows automated load balancing, if 10 users are logged on to one machine and windows thinks its more efficient for the next user to log in to the other, it will do it for you, completely seamless
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BobGipsonAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Jay_Jay70. Excellent explanations.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no problem, good luck :)
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