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Hi All,

Im trying to setup site replication between two Windows 2003 Standard DC's. Including Exchange 2003, SQL 2005 and files.

Can you give me any surgestions how to accomplish this as ive never setup replication before.
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Create an additional AD site first, in AD Sites and Services, add subnets for the two sites. Put your second server in the other site, then use the link above.

Also if you have visio or download a trial of visio - this helps to draw a map of your AD sites.

Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb42fc06-50c7-47ed-a65c-862661742764&displaylang=en

Great tool from Microsoft automates creation of a Visio diagram of your Active Directory Layout. With options to include site connections, etc.

Mark
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Thanks Mark,

I will have a go.

Regards

Marc
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by:marc_butler
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Hi Mark,

What type of domain do I want to setup on the second DC?

Would it be a Domain in a new forest, Child domain in an existing tree or Domain tree in an existing forest?

I will give you the low-down on the situation. We have two office's 12 miles appart. With a hardware VPN between them. any direct comms between the office's must be done over IP address not computer name.

The DC in the main office is called Exchange and the domain is called KINDERTON (kindertons.local). I want the second DC in the Winsford Office to be a desaster recovery server. God forbid if anything happened in the main office. So I need AD replicating along with MS Exchange, MS SQL and any files on the main DC.

Marc
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Marc,

It would be the same domian for AD, that is a new domain controller in an existing forest.

For Exchange and SQL replication for DR, that is a more complex, epically when talking dr.

I suggest posting additional questions in the SQL and Exchange subjects - DR is all about how fast you need things up and running, the faster the more costly the solution in most cases.

Are you running SBS - Microsoft Small Business Server 2003? You may want to ask in that subject area as well - there maybe known solutions.

Mark
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by:marc_butler
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for the advise re Exchange and SQL, im not running SBS. As for the new DC in existing forest, when I set it up should I use the IP address of my existing DC so that when I take the new DC to the Winsford office it can be seen up the VPN?

Marc
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by:marc_butler
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Hi Mark,

Im now trying to leave the forest and im getting this error (see attached JPG). An ideas?

Marc
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I am not sure what machine you are trying to leave the forest from.

What the message is saying is that dns lookup is failing, make sure that dns is working. Maybe put in the tcpip properties of the server where you are trying to leave the forest the ip address of your first domain controller ( which should be running dns )

I think you may want to get your answers on Exchange and SQL before making many AD changes.


Mark
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by:marc_butler
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Hi Mark,

I have run a DCPROMO /forceremoval and got the new server off of the main forest. Of corse now I need to run a metadata clean up on the main DC to remove the server from its records.

This is what I have tried so far with on success;

Start - Run - Cmd
ntdsutil
ntdsutil: prompt typed
metadata cleanup
metadata cleanup: prompt typed
remove selected server cn=EXCHANGE-02,cn=Servers,cn=Default-First-Site,cn=Sites,cn=Configuration,dc=kindertons.local

I have attached the error im getting, complete with the layout of our domain.

Do you have any ideas?

Marc
metadata-cleanup-error.jpg
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by:marc_butler
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Sorry that is no success.
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