Bringing in a new SBS 2003 into existing domain, to create Backup server
Posted on 2006-06-14
We have a small office with 12 client computers with XP Professional. We have a Windows Server 2003 Standard version [SAY BOX 1] which is the Domain Controller for say DOMAIN 1. I purchased a SBS 2003 server [ SAY BOX 2], which has the exchange server. I installed the SBS with a different domain and it became a domain controller of a different domain say DOMAIN 2.
Now what I need
1. Actually both the servers to be part of the same domain. [ The reasoning is if one fails I want the other for backup, as I see both can be peers ]. So both should be able to handle as ADs for users.
2. From some research, I have learnt that it is not wise to have the exchange server as well as the Domain controller on the same box. So my options are to keep running the AD on BOX 1 and activate or configure BOX 2 as the exchange server.
Some of the question are
1. Now I have two domains -- Need to come back to one domain. Which domain to kill and how?
2. How do I bring BOX 2 [with whatever domain suggestion you may have] as a backup to the BOX 1 as far as the active directory is concerned. i.e. to handle the logging and roaming profiles of the users, if BOX 1 were ever to get un-workable.
Please help me with definte steps how to proceed.