I have been assigned the task of researching setting up a domain controller for a client's office as well as a back-up domain controller. I am not at all familiar with domain controllers and feel a little bit over my head. In order to practice for the task at hand I will be installing Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition on two computers at my house. I have multiple other Windows XP Professional PCs also at my house so I should be able to configure them to log onto the domain.
What has been asked of me is as follows:
Research Set-up/Configuration of Primary Server (Primary Domain Controller & Fileserver)
Research Set-Up/Configuration of Back-up Server (Back-up Domain Controller & File Server)
Basically what we are wanting to do is have one domain controller that also serves the role of a file server, serving files across the local network. However, if that domain controller server fails (i.e. hardware failure, virus, or otherwise becomes unresponsive) we would like the second server to automatically kick in as the domain controller/fileserver untill we can restore the primary system.
Basically we need this second Domain Controller to mirror the settings/configuration of the primary Domain Controller and also maintain realtime (or relatively realtime) mirrors of the data on the system as well (at least the data located in specified folders).
I was told by a friend that what I would need to research would likely be DFS (Distributed Filesystem) but I was hoping to check with a few experts before I proceeded.