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Can I add new users/computers on second DC, in SBS 2008 environment, while SBS server is offline?

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Hi,

I am planning to have SBS 2008 domain with an addition DC server running windows server 2008 standard and both servers will take GC role.
As per SBS restriction, my second DC (windows 2008 standard) cannot take any of 5 FSMO roles.
In case of SBS server is down for few hours, shall I be able to add or remove users/computers on second DC?
Any other service disruption in AD management?

Kindly provide details, when you post the solution. Thanks!
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A few hours' downtime shouldn't impact anything noticeably as long as you have another DC.  No details to mention really.  But why would your server be down for hours at a time anyway?

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Hi Datedman,

Thanks for your comment.
I am planning a solution to face a situation that hardware failure or critical error occurs on SBS server and recovery takes few hours.

As I will not be implementing the second DC as RODC, I should be able to write to AD database, in case of SBS server's failure. But all the FSMO roles are held by that SBS server. This limitation triggers me think about this situation.

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In my experience it's not a problem.  That's why I have a second DC everywhere even if it's a virtual machine. :)
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Ah thanks leew, i should have specified that i haven't used SBS for a while, didn't know that about it.
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For example when created with the wizard, they will belong (be prompted to confirm that they should belong) to the proper groups, create an exchange mailbox, etc.  None of this happens if you set them up on the non-SBS DC.

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Hi Leew,

I found your comment is impressive.

Just want a clarification. Can we create an account on second DC, while SBS is offline, and create a corresponding mailbox, when SBS comes back?

IMHO, group membership should not be an issue, as those groups will exist on second DC. Moving an account among the groups also is an easy task.
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Hi Leew,

That's great!

Your comments really help, even though I do not love to rum my SBS from VM, for performance reason. My hardware is not that strong.

Really appreciate you guys sparing time to answer me!

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