Domain Contoller Role Owners, How Best to arrange

I am looking for input on what would be the best disribution of the operational roles on windows domain servers (RID, PDC, Infrastruture and Schema) I am going to have 2 domain controllers to split the roles over. I currently have 3 domain controllers with the Schema role on one and all other roles on the 2nd and no roles on the third. I am replacing 2 of the domain controllers with new server 2008 controllers and dropping the 3rd one completely these 2 servers will also be hosting DNS and DHCP for our network.

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Brian PierceConnect With a Mentor PhotographerCommented:
If this is a simple, single domain then the recommended, and most efficient solution is to have all the FSMO role holders on the SAME machine.
Below is a Technet article on role placement in a 2008 domain.
mattolanAuthor Commented:
yes, this is a simple single domain set up
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
In that case - leave ALL the FSMO roles on a single machine
mattolanAuthor Commented:
ok, but what if that machine fails? don't I risk losing data? or will the second machine be able to recreate that data if I tell it to seize the roles?
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