Need Advise Active Directory Domain controller

Posted on 2007-07-23
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
I am an Admin of a 200+  windows 2003 AD domain. It has been the practice where I work to use the (sole) domain controller as a application server, file server, dns server  in addition to being the domain controller. The problem I see with this is that all my eggs are in one basket. If I have to reboot the server for any reason I take the entire network down. It seems a good idea to keep the DC as clean as possible and free from other applications/responsibilities. I would also think it puts a heavy load on that server. Can anyone point me litertature or books that I can show my boss a better way to set things up. Thanks in advance.
Question by:Juneaucounty
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    I setup my servers in the following way:

    AppServers 1, 2, 3... (some virtualized)

    Do you only have 1 piece of server hardware/software?

    Author Comment

    One physical server. There are virtual and physical servers that could be made available but it does not seem to be a high priority to the higher ups to utilize them.

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    Fetch:what is BCD?
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    BCD --> BDC = backup domain controller. (Typo of BDC.)

     This was the term used in Win NT networks.  Now, with Active Directory, BCD, and DC are the same, but it's good to have more than 1 server running AD for the reasons you fear in your question.

    Author Comment

    thanks fetch, I need some reassurance that the way we are running things is not good.

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