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I would like to setup an additional domain controller.

I am using Windows 2000 Adv Server. I would like very detailed step by step instructions on how to get this additional domain controller to kick in if the primary server goes down.

I have already successfully run the dcpromo and have dns running on the secondary server. If I unplug the primary server what else needs to be done are their roles that need to be seized first.

Basically I would like to have a detailed procedure that will instruct me into how to conduct business if my primary server goes offline.

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Make sure that the second DC is configured as a Global Catalog Server and Also has DNS and (if it is being used) DHCP installed. If DHCP is set up them you must make sure both DHCP Servers are set up with appropriate scopes and not giving duplicate addresses.

You also need to make sure that clients have the address on one DC as the Preffered DNS Server and the other as the Alternate DNS Server.

Once you have sone this is the first server goes down then you will need to move the FSMO roles

If you are planning a shutdown of the first DC then you should transfer the FSMO roles to the other DC. The transfer is a clean option to move the roles. Only if a DC goes down unexpectedly should you seize the roles as this is an 'unclean' process which may result in some data loss.

see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801 and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504


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