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Can you run a Backup Domain Controller - Without purchasing a Server 2003 licence?

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Guys - this is our scenario :

We have a data centre @ head office with primary & Backup DCs (Server 2K/2003). There are several smaller satellite offices that each have a simple f&p server running on Windows XP.  If router/links at satellite site goes down, domain connectivity is lost.

Can anyone suggest a way of installing a BU DC solution at the satellite office without purchasing server 2003?

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There is no such thing as a Backup Domain Controller - only Additional Domain Controllers - and they EACH need a licence
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... there is no real solution to this - if you had an additional domain controller at each site the clients on that site would be able to log on even if the link/router or main site was down. but they would still obviously have no connectivity with the main site. I suppose if you inplemented a server on each site with DFS, then they would be able to connect to local copies of files - it all really depends how much money you are prepared to spend and how important it is that these sites function in the link/main site is down.
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Put another way, there is no way to run an Active Directory Domain Controller with a non-Windows Server class system.  Any attempt to "hack" something together would violate licensing, which we cannot help you with.

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