is Preparing a 2k3 PDC for a 2k8 BDC, the same as migrating to a 2k8 DC ?
Posted on 2009-02-22
I was recently "given" the responsibility of of maintaining the corporate network at my office, and through my investigations I have found little to no failover systems exist.
My primary concern is my PDC. There is no backup domain controller in the entire domain. This scares the S@#$ out of me.
So, I have recently rolled out a HyperV server, and I want to use a VM as a BDC. First, is this suggested? or should I go dedicated hardware (something I loath to do).
If it is suggested (even as a temporary solution until I can get dedicated hardware), is the process for setting up the 2k3 Domain to accept the 2k8 as a BDC the same as if I was promoting the 2k8 as a primary?
Specifically, I'm assuming that I need to do an "adprep /forestprep" and then the "adprep /domainprep" from the 2k8 dvd. But after that... do I use the dcpromo command ? Wouldn't that make it the PDC?
If anybody can suggest some good tutorials or whatnot that would be apreciated as well.
Any other help/suggestions is greatly apreciated,