I have taken over the position of Network Administrator at my company and I am trying to create some contingency plans for my work in case the worst happens. I have a network implementing active directory. Thank you again for your help as always.
I was wondering what steps I should take if my server that is acting as the primary domain controller which is named NS1 should fail. If some hardware were to breakdown that was not the hard rive, would I be able to take out the hard drive and plop it into another machine and boot it up? Would Windows 2003 Server have problems configuring the new hardware (mobo, proc, etc). Or would it run a lot less reliably?
Also if (God Forbid) the Hard drive were to fail, and I was forced to configure a new server completely. What services would I need to reconfigure to get the server running again? DHCP DNS and configure this thing to be the primary domain controller again. But is there anything I am missing? Or better yet do you know of anything I can use to backup up this machine without rebooting it. (I thought of Norton ghost, but that would require a reboot and buying expensive software.) Is there any export settings feature that I could use in order to import them later if the worst case scenario were to happen? Thank you again!
If this helps with the question, the basic network topology for this network is the following:
Here is a picture of the network structure.
Here are the roles of the Servers for your knowledge.
Primary Domain Controller
FTP Server (WarFTP)
Windows XP Pro
Exchange Server (Dormant)
SERVERS BEHIND THE ISA FIREWALL
SQ7Server / ISA Server
As always thank you for your continued help, this site is my favorite place to gain knowledge!