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difficulty in adding a second domain controller windows 2003 server

Posted on 2006-06-30
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Hi Experts,
I have a DC running 2003 enterprise AD
i have 3 other servers, all on the same domain.
One of my servers is in the DMZ and serves as a Secure Gateway for a citrix server.
Some of the reading I have done suggests it is not a good idea to keep the SG server on the same domain as the rest.
How difficult is it to make that SG server a domain controller (probably using the wrong term)  

I would like the SG to have abc.com domain instead of the abc.net domain.

If you could give me a step by step on this I would appreciate it.  I'm not an expert.
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by:Netman66
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Is it necessary to even have the DMZ server be a DC?

You should be able to setup this server to host an IIS (web) front-end for the Citrix server and have clients connect using the ICA client.  This way only a very small hole needs to be open to the real domain.

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by:Quadeeb2003
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I have SG server hosting IIS and WI, but it is on the same domain.
A benefit of switching the server to its own domain is I can use an outside CA certificate for my server on that domain.  The FQDN of my internal network cannot have a outside CA certificate because the domain is public.  ABC.net for example.
If the SG server becomes a DC for a different domain, I make a few trusts from my DC, and I would imagine I would be in business.

It is a new server, there are no apps other than citrix, and reinstalling would be a snap.
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Netman66 earned 500 total points
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I suppose it would work although I'm not sure you really need it to be a DC.  You should be able to use ADAM for authentication and keep it entirely separate.

However, yes, I agree that a different domain would be proper - if the current domain was compromised then your entire AD would be exposed.

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by:Quadeeb2003
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So, any idea how to get it done?
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